The data collected from the pre- and post-tests were analyzed by implementing the Mann-Whitney and Wilcoxon tests, in order to compare the test results of both groups.
The findings of the study indicated that graded readers are valid tools for developing students’ speaking skills.
The classes were held twice a week and the study was conducted over a period of ten weeks (overall 20 hours per group).
Data was collected with the help of a pre and a posttest, a questionnaire, and an interview.
Furthermore, the results of the analyses of the post interview and the self assessment checklist confirmed that learners had positive attitude towards the graded readers, as they provided the students with a lot of interactive activities which created an environment that was fun, enjoyable and effective for improving the students’ speaking skills. Abstract This study investigates the effect of blogging on idiom production in an academic EFL setting.
—————————————– “The impact of Blogging on Idiom Production in an EFL Environment” By: Armineh Ab Thesis Committee: Irshat Madyarov, Ph. Blog as a motivating and user-friendly writing tool, which provides various options such as uploading pictures and commenting, was considered as a suitable tool for writing assignments aimed at enhancing idiom production.instructional materials on vocabulary acquisition in EFL setting.This study is quasi-experimental and it involved one control group and one experimental group (17 students in experimental group and 16 students in control group).Results obtained from the data analysis indicated that blogging had positive effect on the production of idioms.—————————————— “The Impact of Authentic Materials on Vocabulary Acquisition” By: Hripsime Shabunts Thesis Committee: Catherine Buon, Ph. D., and Rubina Gasparyan, MA Abstract The study investigated the effectiveness of authentic vs.The results of the data analysis showed that there are statistically significant differences in the usefulness of authentic materials as compared to instructional materials in terms of vocabulary acquisition in favor of authentic materials.The interview and the questionnaire revealed that the participants showed great interest towards authentic materials.The data were analyzed through SPSS software package, via Mann-Whitney U Test and Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Tests.The qualitative data were obtained through a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview which were analyzed descriptively.The research was carried out in the Experimental English Classes (EEC) in the Department of English Programs (DEP) at the American University of Armenia (AUA).Two groups participated in the experiment: the experimental, which received the treatment by reading the books of graded readers series in addition to the textbook and the control group which used only their textbooks. The data were collected through a self assessment checklist and pre-and post interviews (Oral Proficiency Type Interview).