The Use of Instructional Media in University English Language Teaching: EFL Teachers’ Beliefs

By Kittitouch Soontornwipast.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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There is no doubt that instructional media play a role in facilitating language learning. However, the extent to which media are incorporated into a language classroom varies tremendously depending on methodology selected by teachers and teachers’ beliefs about instructional media and their use. The beliefs of university EFL teachers about the use of instructional media in English language teaching remain relatively unexplored. This study aimed to investigate beliefs of university EFL teachers about instructional media and the use of instructional media in English language teaching. For data collection, multiple methods were used including questionnaires, interviews, and classroom observations. Areas where the use of instructional media in an actual classroom was congruent or incongruent with their beliefs were identified and discussed, as well as factors affecting the teachers’ incorporation of media into their classrooms.

Keywords: Instructional Media, EFL Teachers, EFL, Teacher beliefs

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.31-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.049KB).

Dr. Kittitouch Soontornwipast

Vice Director for Planning and International Affairs, Language Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkoknoi, Bangkok, Thailand

Kittitouch Soontornwipast is assistant professor at the Language Institute of Thammasat University. He obtained his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Langauges (TESOL) at California State University, Los Angeles in 1995. He obtained his Doctor of Education in Professional Development at Victoria University, Australia in 2008. His academic interests are English program evaluation, teaching English for specific purposes, autonomous learning, instructional media, and Action Research for English teachers.He has had experiences in training primary and secondary English teachers.

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