In-House Research

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The UNI CIEP encourages research which may lead to improvements in the field of TESOL, education, international education, or other related fields of academic study.  Follow the links below to see the current research by the UNI CIEP staff.


Building a Needs-Based Curriculum from University Syllabi (Rein, Lauren; Tom Riedmiller)

In March 2013, CIEP Academic Support Specialists, Lauren Rein and Tom Riedmiller presented at the National TESOL Conference.  Materials from their presentation "Building a Needs-based Curriculum from University Syllabi" are linked below:


Report of Findings from Faculty Interviews and Syllabi Studies (Rein, Lauren)

This research project was conducted as part of a project to look into the effectiveness of the student-learner outcomes in the CIEP. The research into these needs is two-fold. First, several university faculty members were contacted for an interview. Faculty members were sent a questionnaire before the interview in order to introduce some of the data that the researcher was seeking. During the interview, quantitative and qualitative data were gathered. In the second part of this research, syllabi were gathered from academic departments, mostly from the UNI Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum. These syllabi were analyzed for reading, speaking, and writing assignments, as well as assessments, course descriptions, or other relevant facts.


Research into use of videoconferencing technology in CIEP (Lyon, Jaime; Petra Maier)

In 2012, Academic Support Specialists Jaime Lyon and Petra Maier researched videoconferencing technology for use in the CIEP.  Click here to view the Videoconferencing Technology Report


How Teachers, Administrators, and Classmates Perceive Saudi Arabian Students (Farber, Gail Farber; June Hershberger)

The following results are based on three studies: one for IEP/ESL instructors, one for program directors, and one for ESL students of intermediate English ability and above. Rather than deal with each survey individually, this presentation merges what we consider to be the most important data using the instructor survey, by far the largest of the three, as a framework. The data for the teacher and student surveys were gathered online during April, May, and early June, 2007.  Click here to view the full report.
 

Library Reading Research (Lyon, Jaime; Tim Thomas)

Each week, students gather in the library with CIEP Instructor Tim Thomas.  This activity began in order to give CIEP students a chance to practice reading English is a setting other than the classroom.  Jaime Lyon and Tim Thomas have surveyed the students that participate in this activity. The purpose of the research was to identify the likes/dislikes of the library bridge program and if students found reading books once a week at the library helpful to acquiring reading skills and English vocabulary. There were 13 students who took the survey in Spring 2011. All the students taking the bridge level course were from Saudi Arabia: 9 male and 4 female students.  

 


Pronunciation Research (Zagor, Julie)

Julie Zagor, a former Program Assistant for CIEP, studied current research on pronunciation.  To see her research literature overview and a sample lesson plan, click on the links below.

 


Current Writing Rubrics for Midterm and Final Exams (Johnston, Carol; et al.)

An on-going project in the CIEP includes updating rubrics for Writing classes. Listed below are samples of the current rubrics used in the CIEP for midterm and final exams.  

 


Grammar Instruction, Petra Maier

The Grammar Instruction Survey was conducted in May 2011 by Petra Maier (Grammar Coordinator). Eleven CIEP instructors participated in the survey that was available at the Survey Monkey website. The survey was anonymous. The purpose of the survey was to collect data about the grammar instruction in the program and receive feedback regarding grammar from CIEP teachers. The grammar coordinator is planning to use the information obtained from the survey to review grammar instruction in the program, suggest areas of grammar that need development, and recommend changes in the area of grammar.

 


Technology Equipment ResearchTom Riedmiller

In February of 2011, Tom Riedmiller, an Academic Support Specialist at CIEP, conducted research concerning the use of laptops and other technology equipment throughout the department.  The summary of his research and the results of the surveys are listed below.

 

 

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