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there. But you need time to actually practice it yourself. That is the problem most people around here have. I don’t actually have any time set aside for doing research on my own. But in one way or another I am involved in it because I am supervising a number of MA and PhD students which simply implies that I have to do the reading myself in any way and I have to have practical ideas in terms of what my students like me to contribute. So beyond action research, I don’t think I have many things to mention as my own research product as of 2002 or 2003. When I say action research that is not research in the conventional way we know. But it is a question of identifying specific problems in class and finding ways of handling them. I was particularly involved in tutoring HDP and I had actually chances to do action research myself and to help HDP candidates do action research themselves. That, I think, is about 5 or 4 years ago. I was able to do that because I was teaching six periods and the remaining six periods were meant for activities related to doing action research, preparing myself to handle
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286 tutorial classes for this HDP classes. But once the program came to an end, I didn’t actually have an opportunity like that. So I don’t feel now I am directly involved in research myself. Q4 . What problems have you faced in doing EFL research/s and disseminating their results so far? (e.g., in relation to material, financial matters, as well as peer and/or collegial support) R: The biggest challenge is, I think, I don’t know if it applies to other departments. But in our department there is very large number of MA and PhD students. And you have them as your advisees and added to that we also have 12 hours of expected teaching in a semester. This, I think, will not make you have time for yourself and for professional development. So the biggest challenge is the huge amount of work around us. We are teaching, developing our own teaching materials, we are advising and there are as well other commitments that you can personally have as an individual or a human being. So the first and perhaps the biggest problem to stop us from getting involved in research is the number of advisees we have in the post graduate program. Q. Does this have an impact on how you discharge your professional responsibilities? R : Well it is very difficult to say. Because may be the students themselves, the advisees whose work we supervise are, I think, the right people to comment on this. Because I don’t think there is a very big difference between what I now do and what I used to do some 5 or 6 years ago when there were fewer advisees. So it is not a question of as such compromising the way it is but it is a question of the fact that the task is requiring more of my time. I don’t know, I could probably do a better job if I had fewer advisees. I don’t know that. But the appropriate answer should come from the students any way.
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  • Fall '15
  • Elias
  • Management, Language education, Teaching English as a foreign language, Addis Ababa University

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