Problems of Teaching and Learning English in Lorestan Province High Schools, Iran

Omid Tabatabaei, Maryam Loni


Learning another language such as English is not a simple task. A lot of studies have been done to determine the problems of teaching and learning English. The present study was an attempt to investigate the problems of teaching and learning English in high schools of Khorramabad, Aligoodarz and Broujerd in Lorestan province, Iran. By investigating the relationship between the availability of educational facilities, and quality of learning, this study also tried to probe more problems by searching through learners and teachers' opinions. For this purpose, one standard Likert scale questionnaire and an interview were the main instruments of data collection. The questionnaire was given to 240 EFL learners (males & females) at high schools who were randomly selected out of 10 high schools. In order to collect the required data, 10 English teachers and 30 students (males & females) were interviewed as well. To analyze data, SPSS version 19 was used. The results of statistical analyses revealed that there was no significant relationship between the availability of educational facilities in Lorestan high schools and the quality of learning from EFL learners' point of view. The findings of interview indicated that the major problems were related to lack of target language use in the class, restricting the evaluation merely to midterm and final exams, classes being overcrowded, the absence of language laboratories and also the mere use of textbook ignoring any inclusion of supplementary materials such as CDs, movies and other instructional aids to create a more effective methodology. At the end of the study some solutions were suggested to overcome these problems.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n2s1p47

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