Sumerianz Journal of Education, Linguistics and Literature

Online ISSN: 2617-1201
Print ISSN: 2617-1732

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Volume 2 Issue 11 (2019)

Strengthening Student’s Spontaneity: Using the Principles of Improv Comedy to Develop Indonesian EFL Learners’ Speaking Ability

Authors : Ary Wijaya ; Dwi Poedjiastutie
Speaking is considered a complicated language skill by many EFL (English as Foreign Language) learners since they could not be able to speak spontaneously. However, spoken language production is a universal problem for Indonesian English teachers which might be caused by the lack of speaking spontaneity training in the classroom. To solve this obstacle, the teachers could use improv comedy as this art has certain principles that might be useful to train the learners’ speaking ability. Improv comedy takes its origin from Italian improvisational theatre appeared during the 15th century which performed unscripted drama and the players deliberately improvised their lines and acts. This study aims to illustrate how the improv comedy principles might be useful for English speaking class especially to train the students’ ability in speaking spontaneously.

Pages: 104-109

Textual and Semiotic Analysis of the Linguistic Landscapes in Government and Private Schools

Authors : Hafiza Zunaira Nasir ; Dr. Muhammad Arfan Lodhi ; Sabahat Anwar
The main aim of this case study is bilingual and multilingual effects on linguistic landscapes. Moreover, presence and absence of particular language codes in public spaces, this preference of bilingualism in linguistic landscapes leaves many other rich and effective aspects untouched. Furthermore, this case study is concerned about linguistic competence rather than language attitudes, it shows a way of how a Linguistic landscape might oblige as a tool to widen the interpretation of culture and language intertwined and to explore how different languages are used in linguistic landscapes. Research design of this study focused on qualitative design. As the study deals with the exploration of data therefore the target population of this study was focused on all categories of schools like urban and rural schools as well as government and private schools of district Bahawalpur. School spaces were the sample of this study. Multiple stage sampling is used in this study, it was a convenient sampling at first stage and on the second stage it was a mixed purposeful sampling. In this study the sample was based on 40 schools of government as well as private. In this study observation and codification was taken as the instrument of data collection. Researcher found different languages like Urdu 63%, English 20%, Arabic 5%, English and Urdu 6%, Arabic and Urdu 5% and Chinese only 1% on sign boards of schools. The analysis of this study reveals different communicative intentions conveyed by the texts on the signs in the schools. Male and female schools of both sectors private and government focuses on different languages to develop understanding and also able the students to compete the whole world. Schools develops the manners, awareness and responsibilities of students to able them for modern age.

Pages: 93-103

Issues on Effective Communication in Educational Administration: A Local Survey

Authors : Dr. Xanthippi Foulidi ; Dr. Evangelos C. Papakitsos
This research paper presents the existing problems in the communication of educational directorates with their schools, through a survey conducted in the Secondary Education Directorate of Western Attica, which is a local administrative agency of the Greek Ministry of Education. Local educational Directors, within their administrative duties, coordinate and guide the work of schools in the area of their authority and accountability. It is noted that there are often problems in the communication and therefore coordination of the educational Directorate with the schools of authority. For example, high-school principals and teachers complain that they often receive emails overdue. This research highlights aspects and dimensions of the problems and proposes actions required to solve them, as well as ways to address issues related to educational communication and the development of an effective communication system.

Pages: 89-92