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Cost Benefit Analysis on Installing Solar Energy Systems for Residential and Commercial users in India

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The global energy market is looking for new sources of  non-conventional energy whereby existing methods of energy generation like Solar Photovoltaics have technologically surged. This advancement has led to higher adoption by  consumers in  residential and commercial sectors. Government policies have also been favourable in support of implementation Solar Energy Generation Systems. In such a scenario there exists a need to analyse the economic potential&...

Developing and validating a metacognitive writing questionnaire for EFL learners

In  an  attempt  to  develop  a  metacognitive  writing  questionnaire,  Farahian  (2015) conducted  a  study  which  was  based  on  the  results  obtained  from  a  semi-structured interview (Maftoon, Birjandi & Farahian, 2014). After running various exploratory factor analyses  (EFA)  to  validate  the questionnaire  two  general  s...

Iranian EFL University Lecturers’ and Learners’ Attitude towards Using First Language as a Scaffolding Tool in Reading Comprehension

The role of EFL lecturers’ first language (L1) in the EFL courses has been an ongoing debate. A monolingual  approach to  EFL suggests  that the use of the target  language solely in foreign  language  (FL)  classroom  improves  learning  of  the  target  language.  Accordingly,  the purpose of the present study was to investigate the attitude of Iranian lecturers and EFL learners towards  us...

A Case Study of an EFL Teacher's Types of Questions: An Investigation into Classroom Interaction

Types of teachers’ questions play an important role in teaching since they affect students’ participation in the process of negotiation of meaning. Therefore, in the present study, an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher’s questions along with the students’ responses to his questions were classified. A structured interview was also employed in the study. It was found that the number of coded/display and yes/no questions exceeded open/referential questions. Although the use o...

The impact of portfolio on EFL learners’ metacognition and writing performance

The present study seeks to investigate the role of portfolios in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) writers’ metacognition as well as their writing skill. Therefore, the participants were assigned to two groups (experimental and control). The students in both groups received a writing test, a researcher-made Metacognitive Writing Questionnaire (MWQ), and a students’ attitude questionnaire for pre- and post-test. The experiment group was provided with specific gui...

Metacognitive awareness of skilled and less-skilled EFL writers

The present study sought the differences between more and less proficient EFL (English as a Foreign Language) writers regarding their metacognitive awareness of writing (MAW). We also examined the relationship between MAW and EFL writing success. We used a validated MAW questionnaire for a comprehensive evaluation of the writers ’ metacognitive awareness. The results demonstrated that skillful EFL writers benefit from higher metacognitive awareness. Furthermore, we ...

Processing Instruction Revisited: Does it Lead to Superior Performance in Interpretation and Production?

There have been plenty of research studies which have demonstrated the efficacy of focus on form (FonF) approach in language teaching. However, processing instruction as a kind of FonF approach has not been given due attention. As such, the present study is an attempt to shed more lights upon the effects of the processing instruction (PI) on EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners’ acquisition of passive voice by comparing PI to dictogloss and an output instruction. The participant...

Nursing students’ information-seeking behavior in English for specific purpose (ESP) courses: Do quality of education and reflective practice matter?

Background: Quality of education plays a key role in the development of education. Having this perspective in mind, the researchers explored the quality of English for specific purpose (ESP) courses from ESP instructors’ point of views and investigated the role of quality of education of ESP courses in information-seeking behavior of the students. They also probed the possible relationship between ESP instructors’ reflective practice and quality of ESP courses.Methods: Seventy-nine...

An investigation into EFL learners reflection in writing and the inhibitors to their reflection

 The present study explored Iranian EFL (English as Foreign Language) learners’ reflective writing and the inhibitors which are a deterrent to write reflectively. The participants consisted of both students and teachers. A researcher-made questionnaire probed the EFL learners’ reflection in writing. The essays produced by the learners were also evaluated to consolidate the findings of the survey. In the second phase of the study, we examined both students’ and t...

Nigeria’s Technical Aid Corps Engagement in The Gambia, 1987-2012: A Neglected Aspect of Nigerian Foreign Relations

Nigeria’s Technical Aid Corps (TAC) is one of the major planks of the Nigerian foreign policy constructed to complement the nation’s traditional diplomacy. Under its platform, Nigerian educational and cultural talents have been showcased to the world particularly in the African, Caribbean and the Pacific regions. The chapter falls in love with The Gambia of the West African sub-region due to the under representation of this aspect in the historical narrative of the bilateral relations bet...

Understanding Peace and Security as Critical Factors in National Development

Editor’s NoteOn behalf of the Editorial Team, I bring to you with great joy the MaidenVolume of the Satiru International Journal of Peace and Security Studies(SIJPSS) of the Department of History, Sokoto State University, Sokoto￾Nigeria. For over a decade now the Nigerian State has been seriouslyengulfed by disastrous internal and external security challenges. Thescholarly ideas and debates at the Department on how to unravel thesecurity riddles in 21st century Nigeria were intrumental to...

Religious Tolerance in The Gambia, 1965-2016: Lessons for Nigeria

The Gambia christened the “smiling coast of Africa” is home of hospitality and religious tolerance. Arising from decades of peace its ethnic and religious elements enjoyed the country has continued to attract foreigners as tourist state. The concern of this paper is not so much with aquatic status of The Gambia as a tourist state, but how its’ Christian and Muslim groups has been able to maintain peace. The emphasis of the paper is on Christianity and Islam, because Afric...

Plagiarism in theses: A nationwide concern from the perspective of university instructors

Since the advent of the Internet, university students have had access to countless books and articles which had been a great asset for both students and research communities around the world. However, due to various factors, plagiarism which means, according to Cambridge Dictionary, using another person’s ideas or work and pretending that it is your own has been a widespread problem in academic writing since then. In this regard, many scholars in many diff...

Assessing EFL learners writing metacognitive awareness

Research on metacognition in English as a foreign language (EFL) writing is heavily dependent on a valid measure to assess metacognitive ability. Since there is no report of a validated domain -specific measure of metacognitive awareness of foreign language (FL) writing this study made an attempt to develop and validate a metacognitive awareness writing questionnaire (MAWQ). In order to construct the questionnaire, an interview with 59 EFL learners was conducted. Based on ...

Challenges facing rural primary school teachers in Zimbabwe towards the implementation of the new curriculum.

Challenges facing rural primary school teachers in Zimbabwe towards the implementation of the new curriculum.


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