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Report on an action research project about the distractors that affect student’s learning process in a private English school.

ABSTRACT
This is a report on an action research project which investigated the distractors that affected students learning process in a local English Mexican private school. It documents a teachers-initiated, classroom-based action research which turned classroom distractors to be an important reason why students do not pay attention to the teacher during the class time. Pupils came from a sample of 26 beginner level students from a private class from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The researcher analyzed the student’s behavior and attention paid to the teacher during the class and reported the main reason that distracted students from the learning process.

RESEARCH BACKGROUND
Distraction is the divided attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention ( Marci Alboher. “Fighting a War Against Distraction”. New York Times. June 22, 2008). Distraction plays an important role at school because it is clearly the main reason why students dont improve their language skills. During class time you can find several distractors that affect students learning process, specially kids, who are more vulnerable to be distracted by the simplest thing inside the classroom. There are all sorts of distractions, some are unavoidable and some are not. The ones that come from within the classroom are usually related to behavior. A student may make a silly sound, or break wind, which could cause a severe disruption. A student may even possess a mobile phone which starts to ring while you are talking. All of these need to be handled with care and speed if their effects are not going to interrupt the learning process (David Wright, 1998, page 97), (Carol Bradford Cummings, 2002, page 87), ( www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distracion).

OBJECTIVES
The objectives of this action research project are:
- To find out if there’s any possible distractor during a PISI class that could affect students learning process. -To be able to tell how did the distractors found during a PISI class affect students learning process. - To let everyone know what can you do in order to reduce students learning process distractors from a classroom and how can they do it.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS
- How did the distractors found affect students learning process during the English class? This research questions seeks to let everyone know the role of each distractor found in the learning process of the student or students who were distracted by such distractor. it focuses on explaining the way how were the distractors a big part of the students learning activities and how they made students to be distracted by them.

Why were the students affected by such distractors?
This research questions seeks to let everyone know the reasons why were the students affected by these distractors. To explain not only why did the students get distracted, but also why the students let the distractor to be stronger than them.

SAMPLING
Pupils came from a private class of a traditional Mexican private school in the city of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa in the country of Mexico. This school program is for kids only and they classify it by 6 levels: Children 1 to Children 6. These pupils came from Children 1 level. There were 26 beginner level pupils. They were able to read, listen, speak and write simple English, but also they had a little intermediate English knowledge. Only 1 group was under observation. This program is the only one available and the most appropriate for their level and age.

TIME DURATION
The project was carried out from October 22nd, 2012 to December 7th 2012 with a total lenght of 1 and a...
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