Research Proposal on Teaching English as a Second Language: The Asian Case in Primary US Schools
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"Teaching English as a Second Language:
The Asian Case in Primary US Schools"
This proposed research attempts to achieve the following objectives:
1. To determine the factors, requirements and principles of English as a second language for Asians studying in the united States in the primary level
2. To determine the advantages and disadvantages of learning English among Asians in the primary level
3. To analyze the impact of learning the English language on the academic and cognitive development of Asian primary students
4. To evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of teaching English as a second language for Asians in the primary level
In accordance with the research aims of this proposed study, the following will be asked:
1. What are the strategies employed by teachers in educating Asian primary school students on the English language?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of adopting English as a second language for Asians?
3. How does the Asian primary students adopt to English as a second language?
4. How effective is the adaptation of English as second language in the development of the Asian primary students in terms of academic performance and English language adeptness?
The escalation of Asians migrating to the United States and acquiring their education on US educational institutions brings about the prospect of teaching English as a second language to Asian primary students. The scope of teachers’ responsibilities in teaching the English language is expanded to include devising professional techniques in order to resolve language barriers. Thus, Asians have continued to look at the English language as the primary medium of communication ascending its significance to that, which is not only necessary but needed.
Learning English as second language is not a recent phenomenon; it has been the concern of teachers since teaching has been a discipline of study. Language problems do not just occur out of the blue; they are precipitated. Home and other out-of-school environments can exert a major influence upon children that, in turn, affects their readiness to learn the language when they come to school.
We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Information technology is allowing individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to communicate instantaneously across vast distances, and at the same time, immigration is making American society itself more ethnically and culturally diverse.
Both of these trends are putting pressure on schools. Educators need to find new ways to communicate with parents of students who speak only limited English, and they must learn how to offer all students opportunities to collaborate with their peers from other cultures. Fortunately, those tasks are made easier by a variety of multilingual web and computer-based technologies. These free services can translate online, search foreign-language web sites, and help forge partnerships between U.S. schools and their counterparts around the world. Clearly, schools will have a responsibility to communicate to large groups of linguistically diverse parents and students as well as to other members of their communities.
This proposed study will outline the underlying idea that learning English as a second language for Asian primary students is a potent force in achieving high quality academic distinction. Moreover, the advantages and disadvantages of learning the English language will be examined and evaluated in the context of a globalized world where a dominant language must be spoken for communication purposes. Finally, this paper will argue upon the success of teachers and schools in managing Asian primary students in fostering the viability of learning English.
Significance of the Study
This proposed study seeks to contribute on the literature on the topic of English as a second language among Asians by exploring and analyzing the different professional techniques employed by teachers in teaching English to Asian primary students. This paper shall use the framework espoused by Dreikurs- the Social Discipline Model. Moreover, this proposed paper shall evaluate the necessity and the effectivity of universities and school administrators in developing Asian primary students in learning English. From these findings, this proposal shall develop suggestions in further improving the present training by universities and school administrators involved in teaching English as a second language.
This proposed paper shall use the Social Discipline Model of Dreikurs in examining and evaluating the problems encountered in the teaching English among Asians particularly in the primary level. This model, which reflects the optimistic approach, espouses that people are capable of changing and that human problems are interpersonal and socially embedded. Dreikurs espouses the values underlying Adler's Individual Psychology -- an emphasis on equality, respect, cooperation, and self-discipline.
This chapter will outline the methods to be used in gathering data: the respondents of the study, the sampling technique, the instrument to be used, the validation of the instrument, the administration of the instrument and the statistical treatment of the data that will be gathered, and how this data will be analyzed qualitatively.
Method of Research
This proposed study will use the descriptive approach- utilization of interview, observation and questionnaires in the study. The purpose is to describe the situation as observed by the researcher.
The study will determine whether professional techniques can resolve problems posed by disciplinary dilemmas in the classroom and how effective universities and school administrators had been in equipping Asians in learning English as second language.
The primary source of data will come from the research-conducted questionnaire. Secondary data will consist of interviews, published articles from journals, theses and related studies on teaching and learning English as a second language.
For this research design, the researcher will gather data, collate published studies from different local and foreign universities and articles from social science journals, distribute sampling questionnaires; arrange interviews; and make a content analysis of the collected documentary and verbal material. Afterwards, the researcher will summarize all the information, make a conclusion based on the null hypotheses posited and provide insightful recommendations on learning English as a second language for Asians.
This proposed study will work on the hypothesis that: the higher the competency of teachers in teaching English as a second language, the easier the adaptation of Asian primary students in learning it. In addition, there is a significant correlation between learning English and the techniques employed by the English teachers.
Dreikurs, Rudolf, “Social Discipline”, book by Tauber, Robert, Classroom Management: Sound Theory and Effective Practice, Bergin & Garvey, 1999