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English Language Skills Training: Theory and Practice-A Cuban Perspective - Main Research Questions/HypothesesCelik holds the view that course instructors across a wide range of disciplines such as language teaching, have implemented computer-based learning resources such as online discussion boards. While the benefits of implementing an online discussion board in teaching have been well-documented, investigation into the social aspects of online learning environments is still needed in order to develop a deeper understanding of how group dynamics affect the overall learning experience. A related action research project explored the perceptions of graduate students concerning the use of an online discussion board revealed that positive group dynamics appeared to be prevalent in the discussion. In contrast, the perception of the individual class members did not always agree with this view. The authors consider that this kind of discussion board could be of value to students with disparate levels of knowledge of a foreign language as the cumulative learning effect would be of benefit to students, irrespective of their levels of proficiency. The literature review from this research suggests that there is a gap between contemporary language teaching approaches and methods and what language teachers could achieve if they adopted new and different approaches to develop the language proficiencies of their students. Established subject matter experts consider that it is the appropriate application of different language teaching approaches and methods that can make it possible for language teachers to improve the foreign language proficiency levels of their students significantly.
The following research questions were constructed:
1.    What is the value of presenting topics of interest by visiting native English language practitioners who use contemporary English that is used in business and academic environments?
2.    What is the value to English language teachers of conducting regular research in order to keep abreast of the latest thinking in language teaching approaches and methods?
3.    Does the power distance between English language teachers and their students affect the quality and proficiency levels of the learning?
The following hypotheses were constructed:
H1: English language students improve their English language proficiency substantially if they interact regularly with business people and academics whose native language is English
H2: English language teachers improve the quality of their teaching in the classroom for the benefits of students if they develop a positive and proactive attitude towards contemporary foreign language teaching methods and tools
H3: English language teachers who give students the freedom to learn and practice using their own chosen topics are increasing students’ self-confidence and speaking abilities of speaking in the foreign language substantially