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碩士論文計畫英文口試訓練--應外所 Betty
by 徐碧霙 2009-05-31 20:43:23, Reply(11), Views(1313)

 

 

口試前愛的小叮嚀:

1.     多花點時間解釋 experimental design

2.     務必提供 questionnaire(s)

3.     解釋 sample items of the questionnaires

4.     詳細解說研究步驟 (procedures)

 

 

 

Criteria:

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

 

 

 

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

 

 

 

 

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

 

 

 

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

          - conciseness and clarity of the presentation

          - correct language

          - quality of the slides

          - answering of the questions

          - use of time

 

 

 

 

 Questions:

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Comments/Suggestions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reply(11)

Criteria:

1. Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

She has successfully pointed out the notion of her study. But, it would be better to reconsider the procedure and supplementing explicit explanations for elucidating the conception of her study.

2. Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

Yes, she does give reasonable evidence to support her study. But, some of the citations are obtained from the same researchers.

3. Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

The proposed methods harbour a controversy over providing valid experimental data.

4. Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

The data may not be applicable to the proposed research problem due to the proposed methods are not adequate enough.

5. Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

The proposed statistical procedures may help readers to satisfy with experimental data.

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

  - conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Yes.

  - correct language

There are several mispronunciations and grammatical mistakes.

  - quality of the slides

The background is dark.

  - answering of the questions

She doesn’t provide sufficient information on the questions.

  - use of time

Fine.

Questions:

1.      How do you select the six participants for interviews? Are they chosen from different colleges?

2.      Since there will be ONLY one native speaker (American teacher) in your pilot study, indicating that the teaching styles are limited, are you expecting students to accept/not accept the teaching styles according to personal preferences?

Comments/Suggestions

Need more eye-contact.

1. Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

 An interesting topic, but the experimental design still needs to reconsider.

 

2. Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

 I think yes. She described a clear review and give reasonable evidence in her research field.

 

3. Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

 It’s unclear explanation in slide 15 and 16. The proposed method should give more clear information or reasonable proof to convince audience.  

 

4. Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

A little bit unclear such as interview question 2 on slide 21.

 

5.  Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

She needs to explain more information about the analysis.

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

       

- conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Sure, but lack of research design

- correct language

Yes

- quality of the slides

Background is too dark but the animation is good such as 17 to 20

- answering of the questions

Good!

- use of time

Yes!

 

 Questions:

1.      In slide 16, which school you selected? And base on what criteria you choose others schools?

2.      Is it possible to explain the background information about those 6 participants?

3.      Base on your presentation, you would choose general English course as your research objects. However, usually general English class won’t have native teacher in my opinion. If so, how you gonna to conduct your data?

Comments/Suggestions

-Well organized!

- Overall, this is a smooth presentation!

- Looking good!

Showing good confidence!

 

 

1.     Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

Yes, the issue of foreign teachers is popular for the part of culture in academic field.

 

2.  Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with

significant literature in his/her field?

Yes, she gave the some explanation of variables in this research, and most of them were latest data.

 

3. Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

I thought that she should explain that the method she divides the students into two

groups.

 

4.  Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

Yes, Betty will use the questionnaire to examine the foreign teachers and Taiwanese

students.

 

5.  Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes, she will use Wilcoxon matched-pars singed-rank test and descriptive statistics to analyze the collected copies of questionnaire, and adopted the methods by Marshall and Rossman to analyze the results of interviews.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity of the presentation

a little bit difficult to understand for me in the part of methodology

correct language

good but some pronunciation errors

quality of the slides

better to change the background of PPT

answering of the questions

good

use of time

3 minutes left

 

Questions:

1.      Why do you choose the NTIT students as the participants for the pilot study?

2.      The scope of your research is “central Taiwan”. If you choose the NTIT students as the participants for the pilot study, how do you examine the NTIT students for the formal study of the six colleges in central Taiwan?

 

Comments/Suggestion

Betty was dressed-up and delivered smoothly with confidence and eye contacts. However, in my opinions, the background of her PPT is not appropriate because there is a space which could not post any words there on the left side.

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

 

This is an interesting topic, but the researcher should think over for experimental design.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

 

The researcher described a clear, strong review in her research field.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

 

   The methodology is not clear. Why choose 6 students for the interview? Why and how to select the teacher for this study?

 

4. Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

The questionnaire will be revised after pilot study, so it is hard to say the design will provide a valid data.

 

5.  Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes, clear explanation on page 22. Use Wilcoxon matched-pars singed-rank test and descriptive statistics to analyze questionnaire.

 

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

       

- conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Clear.

- correct language

Grammar mistake.

- quality of the slides

p.1  the color is not clear

p. 7,8,18, 22 is good

- answering of the questions

Over time

- use of time

Didn’t finish the speech.


Questions:

1.      Why choose 6 students for the interview?

2.      Why and how to select the teacher for this study?

3.      Why choose the participants in different schools?

 

Comments/Suggestions

 

- Smooth presentation.

- Show confidence

- On p.1 the color is too dark

- Did not show the reliability in your PPT.

- Some of the questions in your questionnaire is strange.

 

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

The topic is interesting, but the research instrument needs to be modified.

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

Yes, she provided many related literature in her presentation.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

There will be 600 college students in her research. I think it is adequate to provide valid experimental data.

 

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

The questionnaire has a little problem. She didn’t have a specific class of participants, which means that there is not a specific teacher. However, each teacher has their own different background and teaching style; of course, students will have different opinion with their teacher.

 

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes, she will not only use questionnaire but also doing an interview to some of the participants.

 

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Very fluent

correct language

Good

quality of the slides

Clear to understand

answering of the questions

Good

use of time

Good

 

Questions:

Since your formal research participants are students, what is the need of having an American teacher in the pilot study?

 

Comments/Suggestions

It is better if you can choose a specific teacher’s students. It can avoid many problems.

Betty’s Final

Comments and Questions:

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

It seems possible; however, the decision of choosing the foreign teacher should be cautious of.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

In slides 10 to 14, it provides necessary information for the audience to get a whole picture of the study. And the research questions truly clarify the problems.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

To clarify the distances of both the teacher and students may work based on using the Wilcoxon matched-paired singled-rank test.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

By getting rid of some unconscious bias, it seems the examples of the interview are good.

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

In slide 15, there seem to be some problems still un-solved, the teacher, the schools in the pilot and formal studies, and the chosen participants in the interview.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

Good timing and very firmly in answering the questions according to the weakness of your study. It shows the audience a lot of confidence from you.

 Questions:

1.    Who are your subjects?

2.    If there is only one teacher, who is gonna adjust themselves?

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Comments/Suggestions

1.    The background of some slides is too dark to see clearly.

2.    To show more reliability in the questionnaire

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

 

Yes, you indicated clear statement of the problems, research purposes and research questions.

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

 

Yes, you provieded the literature review over 2000. Good for you. You are really familiar with the research. 

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

 

A little bit nor clear. You may explain you choose 600 college students as the quanttitative research and 6 college students as qualitative research.

4. Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

Yes, 600 college students may valid applicable to the research problems.

5. Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes, both of questionnaire and interview to be applied to the research.

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

- conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Good

- correct language

Good

- quality of the slides

Ok

- answering of the questions

Over time

- use of time

OK three mins left


Comment & Questions:

What are the colleges from 600 students and why?

You showed your confidence and you looked professional. Good for you.

 

Dear Betty,

Here is my response for you~^^~

Criteria:

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

Based on the purposes of the study, it tries to investigate if there are distances between EFL Taiwanese students and their foreign teachers. It also may helpful for the Taiwanese students adjust their foreign teachers in class.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

In the detailed literature review, you introduced culture, academic culture in distance, teaching style and learning style and strategy. However, the systematic literature review step by step may clearer for audience understanding your research.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

There was the instrument offered only. More explanations for the proposed methods would be better.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

Yes, you claimed the items of questionnaire to support the three research questions clearly.

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

You made the good research procedures for audience understanding this research.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

- conciseness and clarity of the presentationIt will be better if you would like to try to make a fixed stand for a while (especially for taking pictures! ^^”)

        - correct languageYes

        - quality of the slidesThe PPT is quiet good and clear; expect the cover slide is too 

          dark to seeing the topic

        - answering of the questionsGood

        - use of timeGood (3’ left)

 

Questions:

Why do you use six group students to check the six different foreign teachers? Don’t you think it will be six “case studies”?

 

Comments/Suggestions

From pilot study to formal study, you may need to consider more about the research design. As what I asked at your presentation that day, you have to reduce the “gap” and persuade the audience that your research design is suitable and step by step.

 

To Dear Betty,

1.   Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

I still confusing about the topic, and I do not know what will bring to benefit to students.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

The researcher pointed out the background of the literature review, but how about the gap? It’s better to have a link between all the literature review.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

 The research uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

      In this research the research shows the reliability, but, I still wondering about that. Does the questionnaire used in many countries already?

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

     No, I can not see any thing on this.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity

of the presentation

Could be better

correct language

Could be better

quality of the slides

Ok

answering of the questions

Could be better

use of time

3 minutes left

 Questions:

1.    I still wondering of your participants part. They are from different school with different department at different time. Is that consistency in your research? Does it can prove the enough validity?

2.    Why you choose your participants in middle Taiwan? Is there any reasonable evidence to prove this?

Comments/Suggestions

1.    Wrongly introducing your name

2.    It’s an unclear question of your no.1 on your slide 21.

3.    No eye-contact

4.    Natural gesture will be better

5.    Use too much Lin’s paper.

 

 

Thesis Proposal Defense Oral Examination Rehearsal Evaluation Form

 

Date: June 1, 2009

Presenter: Betty Hu

Thesis Topic: College Students’ Perceptions Toward the Foreign Teacher’s English Conversation Class in Central Taiwan

Evaluator: Jenny Chen

 

Criteria:

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

        This is an interesting study, but the presenter needs to modify the research design and to find out more support for the statement of problem.

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

        Yes, the presenter included much important literature in the field, and many are quite up to date.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

        I think the proposed methods are quite adequate since the presenter incorporated both quantitative and qualitative methods to collect her data. Also, 600 participants for the quantitative analysis are sufficient. In addition, she selected more than two universities for her research, which further reduces the limitations.

 

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

        The proposed experimental design revealed several flaws. The pilot study included one American teacher, however the formal study will recruit several different teachers. These teachers may already have distinct teaching styles, and should be treated as different case studies.

 

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

        Yes, the presenter clearly explained the statistical procedures, the variables that will be analyzed, and how each research question will be answered.

 

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity of the presentation

-  clear outline of literature review

-  clear table on slide 17

-  great examples and explanations for slides 19 and 20

-  excellent chart on slide 22

correct language

-  try to reduce the number of “ah”s in the speech

-  some pronunciation and intonation errors

-  several grammatical and punctuation mistakes on slide 21 (Why?; teaching ways; any suggestions)

quality of the slides

-   nice ppt background

answering of the questions

-   needs more consideration and research

use of time

-   could extend the presentation a little

 

 

Questions:

1.    How will you select the 6 college students for the interview?

2.    For the interview questions, do you expect them to compare the foreign English teacher with Taiwanese English teachers? (personally I think teachers of different subjects may have distinct teaching styles)

 

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Comments/Suggestions

-  the title on the cover page needs to be corrected (first letter of each word needs to be capitalized and the period at the end needs to be removed)

-  excellent highlights on slides 4, 7, and 8

-  can separate the purposes on slide 7 into different slides to reduce the amount of information on the slide

-  need a period after the sentence on slide 11

-  should explain how the questionnaire is constructed and indicate the reliability or validity of the questionnaire

 

 

Questions

Answer

      How do you select the six participants for interviews? Are they chosen from different colleges?

These six students will be randomly selected from the target schools.

Since there will be ONLY one native speaker (American teacher) in your pilot study, indicating that the teaching styles are limited, are you expecting students to accept/not accept the teaching styles according to personal preferences?

The purpose of my pilot study is to examine the reliability of my questionnaire. In my formal study, I will increase the number of the foreign teacher.

1.      In slide 16, which school you selected? And base on what criteria you choose others schools?

 

The National Taichung Institution of technology. I will choose the most representative schools.

2.      Is it possible to explain the background information about those 6 participants?

Because the six students will be randomly selected, I can’t explain the background of these students before I conduct the formal study.

3.      Base on your presentation, you would choose general English course as your research objects. However, usually general English class won’t have native teacher in my opinion. If so, how you gonna to conduct your data?

 

As I know, most universities of technology have the foreign teachers. If the university of technology doesn’t have the foreign teachers, it may not be chosen as my research participants.   

1.      Why do you choose the NTIT students as the participants for the pilot study?

 

Because it is one of the university of technology in central Taiwan

2.      The scope of your research is “central Taiwan”. If you choose the NTIT students as the participants for the pilot study, how do you examine the NTIT students for the formal study of the six colleges in central Taiwan?

 

In my formal study, NTIT will not be chosen as the participants again. In the other words, NTIT is not included by the six targets schools.

1.      Why choose 6 students for the interview?

 

According the percentage of my questionnaire copies.

2.      Why and how to select the teacher for this study?

These foreign teachers will be randomly selected.

3.      Why choose the participants in different schools?

It is about descriptive statistic problem. I want to refer the students of university in central Taiwan’s perception toward the foreign teacher so the number of the schools can’t be limited to only one school.

Since your formal research participants are students, what is the need of having an American teacher in the pilot study?

I want to make sure all the students have the experience of having foreign teacher’s conversation class.

1.    Who are your subjects?

My subject is the students of the university of technology in Central Taiwan

2.    If there is only one teacher, who is gonna adjust themselves?

All the students of the foreign teacher may adjust themselves to the foreign teacher’s conversation class.

What are the colleges from 600 students and why?

I will choose the most preventive six schools in the Central Taiwan.

Why do you use six group students to check the six different foreign teachers? Don’t you think it will be six “case studies”?

My research is a survey so I need plenty of participants and target schools.

   I still wondering of your participants part. They are from different school with different department at different time. Is that consistency in your research? Does it can prove the enough validity?

Because this is an survey research, I need more schools and participants to make my research more convinced

In my pilot study, the reliability of the questionnaire is up to .8 so the validity of the research may not too low.

Why you choose your participants in middle Taiwan? Is there any reasonable evidence to prove this?

I have ever seen the similar research conducted in the South Taiwan. In my research, I would like to know about the students’ perception in Central Taiwan.

1.    How will you select the 6 college students for the interview?

They will randomly selected form the target schools.

2.    For the interview questions, do you expect them to compare the foreign English teacher with Taiwanese English teachers? (personally I think teachers of different subjects may have distinct teaching styles)

The purpose of the interview is to know the advantages and disadvantages of the conversation course taught by foreign teacher and explore the academic culture in distance problems.

 

Dear clasmates~

Thanks for all of your suggestions and comments!!

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