Master of Education Research Theses

Date of Successful Defense


Date Degree Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (M.Ed.)




Timothy L. Heaton, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Chi-en Hwang, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Merlin Ager, Ph.D.


young learners, teaching English, instructional methods, Taiwan


The purpose of this research is to investigate what instructional methods are effectively being used in Taiwanese primary school classrooms to increase the abilities of students’ speaking and listening of English. The data for this qualitative study was collected from three sources. One was from a short survey of eight local teachers in the sample population. Another was from individual interviews with each of those instructors. The third was personal observations from the English classrooms while teaching in Taiwan. Most of the teachers were from the public schools, but two were private English instructors. Three themes emerged from the coding of the interviews. The first included the instructional methods that the teachers employed in their classrooms. The second theme related to the challenges the teachers faced in teaching the English language. The final theme was composed of suggestions from the teachers to improve the task of teaching English to the students in the primary grades from a local and national perspective. A comparison of methods and outcomes was made between the public and private instructors.



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