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A survey of elementary school English teachers’ perceptions of and Practices in Using Picture Books
Chen, Wei Chi
Yeh, Chieh Yue
Chen, Wei Chi
elementary school English
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The present study aimed to investigate the current situation of picture books applied in elementary school English teaching, based on a questionnaire survey conducted in the great Taipei area. The study focused on exploring (1) what are teachers’ perspectives toward picture book used in English teaching; (2) how teachers use picture book in English teaching; (3) challenges teachers encountered while using picture books.
A total of 385 elementary school English teachers, 156 from Taipei City and 229 from Taipei County, responded to the questionnaire. The collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, variable analysis, and cross analysis. Results in this study showed: (1) teachers mostly had positive perspectives toward applying picture books in English teaching. However, there was a significant difference in their perception in dimension of language development and dimension of learner. Teachers’ teaching experiences was found to be the main factor to influence their perception; (2) school contexts (class size, average English periods, and school area) and teachers’ personal backgrounds (gender, age, teaching experiences, and English teaching certificates) significantly influenced the frequency of teachers’ use of picture books; (3) limited time of English courses, large class size, insufficiency of school multimedia equipment, time spent on preparing picture book instruction, and insufficient budget for picture books were the main challenges reported by teachers.
Based on the findings of the study, pedagogical implications and suggestions for further research were included at the end of the thesis.
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