Research Proposal :Evaluation of English Dissertation/Thesis of EFL Students
Evaluation of English Dissertation/Thesis of EFL Students
The working title of the study is initially drafted as: Evaluation of English Dissertation/Thesis of EFL Students. English as a Foreign Language (EFL) refers to the use or study of English by speakers with a different native language. Typically, EFL is learned as a necessary part of one’s education and sometimes of career progression. EFL are taught to students who are basically literate of their mother tongue.
2.0 Background of the Study
Regular students, even English speaking students, deal with various difficulties learning the language and these difficulties may be apparent on their academic performance. For one, teaching the English language involves not only helping the student to use the form of English most suitable for his/her purpose. In this sense, most of the difficulties in studying English are a consequence of the degree to which their native language differs from English. Difficulties involved in the learning process include pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. As such, language learners may tend to produce more errors of syntax and pronunciation. These are known as language interference wherein the transfer effect is stronger; what is right in a language does not necessarily translate into a second language.
Having said that, written languages tend to use more formal register than spoken language, and where errors are more apparent. Since the acquisition of English literacy is more on the initiative of the learner, dissertations could be regarded as one of the gauge of the level of learning of EFL students. Evaluating the dissertations/thesis of EFL students would definitely reflect the level of their learning hence this study. It is the goal of this study to explore the extent to which EFL students thrive in written when it comes to learning English. Their dissertations/thesis could reveal significant input to their strengths and weaknesses.
3.0 Research Objectives
The main aim of the study is to evaluate the dissertations/thesis of EFL students. Dissertations/theses are educational products that measure the learning of a student, reflecting the writing skills a student has acquired in the course of the study. It would be important to make evaluation criteria for evaluating the dissertations of the EFL students. As such, what the study is trying to achieve is to analyse the learning effectiveness of EFL students. In lieu with this, the following research objectives will be addressed.
- To determine the English literacy levels of EFL students in writing
- To distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of EFL students in writing
4.0 Research Methodology
My study will be an action research which focuses on community of practice for the purpose of improving ways of addressing issues and solving problems. Action research also aims at improving strategies, practices and knowledge of the environment where practice is taking place. In here, I as the researcher am already a part of the environment as I am going to take my doctorate degree. I will collaborate with local school officials to conduct my research and allow access to EFL students’ dissertations/theses.
I will be using a comment worksheet as my instrument. There will be two general categories to be evaluated: form and content. Form is grammar and structure while content is the ideas. Criteria will be decided and conferred to instructors to determine whether the criteria will truly reflect the English learning effectiveness of the EFL students.
Comment worksheet will be evaluated through tallying method. The categories or themes that occur most frequent will be tallied. Categories will be broadly defined as discourse including content, development, clarity and organisation; sentence including structure, connectives and grammatical accuracy and word including choice of words.
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