Challenges of implementing ELT in an EFL context
Abstract. The current study aimed to investigate and explore the challenges of English language teaching in Iran from Ardebil students’ points of view and bring about opportunities to call out the students’ opinions and consequently make some reforms in English language teaching based on their needs. Cluster random sampling was utilized and the participants of the study were 324 students (181 males & 134 female students). The required data were gathered during the fall term of 2012 through a researcher-made questionnaire. It consisted of 5 open-ended questions which investigated the students’ perceptions of the efficiency and deficiency of English language teaching in Iran and required them to give some suggestions on how to improve the present situation of English language teaching in Iran in order to take more advantages of it. The instrument was first piloted before it was administered. The open-ended items were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively and their results suggested that from students’ perspectives, English language is important in all aspects of life and it is the most important language of the world; however, we cannot take the most advantage of it due to numerous problems and we should have some major and minor changes in different aspects it in order to take more advantage of it.
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