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Wei, Jing; Llosa, Lorena – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2015
This article reports on an investigation of the role raters' language background plays in raters' assessment of test takers' speaking ability. Specifically, this article examines differences between American and Indian raters in their scores and scoring processes when rating Indian test takers' responses to the Test of English as a Foreign…
Descriptors: North Americans, Indians, Evaluators, English (Second Language)
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Papageorgiou, Spiros; Morgan, Rick; Becker, Valerie – International Journal of Testing, 2015
The purpose of this study was to enhance the meaning of the scores of an English-language test by developing performance levels and descriptors for reporting overall test performance. The levels and descriptors were intended to accompany the total scale scores of TOEFL Junior® Standard, an international test of English as a second/foreign…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Ruegg, Rachael – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
This study aimed to determine differences in the uptake of peer and teacher feedback after writing students received longitudinal feedback from only one of these sources. It also investigates the types of feedback given by peers and a teacher in order to explain those any differences. Data was collected from 64 Japanese university students in four…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Writing Instruction
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Ranaweera, Mahishi – English Language Teaching, 2015
Theoretical and empirical data support that the feedback given in small group activities promote second language acquisition. There are many studies that have examined the impact of interaction on second language acquisition in controlled language situations. This study examines the small group activity "conversation partner" in order to…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Feedback (Response)
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Yeh, Huei-Chen – English Language Teaching, 2015
This study aims to examine the college students in Taiwan for the attributes of how their English test scores are being affected by language learning strategy use. The university is recognized as a second-tier technology university in Taiwan, as the students are considered to have low levels of English proficiency and learning motivation. A group…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Metacognition, Scores, Learning Strategies
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Dwaik, Raghad A. A. – English Language Teaching, 2015
Digital technology has become an indispensable aspect of foreign language learning around the globe especially in the case of college students who are often required to finish extensive reading assignments within a limited time period. Such pressure calls for the use of efficient tools such as digital dictionaries to help them achieve their…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Kassem, Hassan M. – English Language Teaching, 2015
The present study explored listening strategy use among a group of Egyptian EFL college sophomores (N = 84). More specifically, it aimed to identify 1) the strategies used more often by participants, 2) the relationship between listening strategy use, and listening comprehension and self-efficacy, and 3) differences in listening comprehension and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Listening
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Karbalaei, Alireza; Rahmanzade, Mehrnaz Kashkooli – English Language Teaching, 2015
The present study focused on the analysis of listening sections of two international English proficiency tests, i.e. IELTS and TOEFL tests, and one local English proficiency test, i.e. TOLIMO from pragmatic perspective. An attempt was made to explore the areas of pragmatic knowledge presented, and to assess test takers' pragmatic knowledge. For…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Al-Qahtani, Abdulaziz Ali – English Language Teaching, 2015
Discourse markers (DMs) instruction is currently receiving an increasing amount of attention in the literature on second language learning. As noted by Al-Yaari, Al Hammadi, Alyami, and Almaflehi (2013), and Algouzi (2014), the use of DMs is insufficient to support the development of the language skills, especially reading, of Saudi English as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension
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Mohammadpur, Bijan; Ghafournia, Narjes – English Language Teaching, 2015
The present study was an elaboration on the effect of foreign language anxiety on reading comprehension achievement of Iranian EFL learners. The participants comprised 100 BA students, doing General English Course in different academic fields at Islamic University of Neyshabur. The participants took a reading proficiency test of TOEFL and answered…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Anxiety, Reading Attitudes, Reading Achievement
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Haberman, Shelby; Yao, Lili – Journal of Educational Measurement, 2015
Admission decisions frequently rely on multiple assessments. As a consequence, it is important to explore rational approaches to combine the information from different educational tests. For example, U.S. graduate schools usually receive both TOEFL iBT® scores and GRE® General scores of foreign applicants for admission; however, little guidance…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Repetition, Methods, Error of Measurement
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Lavolette, Elizabeth; Polio, Charlene; Kahng, Jimin – Language Learning & Technology, 2015
Various researchers in second language acquisition have argued for the effectiveness of immediate rather than delayed feedback. In writing, truly immediate feedback is impractical, but computer-assisted feedback provides a quick way of providing feedback that also reduces the teacher's workload. We explored the accuracy of feedback from…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Accuracy
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Lin, Huifen – Language Learning & Technology, 2015
This meta-analysis reports the results of a systematic synthesis of primary studies on the effectiveness of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in second language acquisition (SLA) for the period 2000-2012. By extracting information on 21 features from each primary study, this meta-analysis intends to summarize the CMC research literature for…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Second Language Learning, Meta Analysis, Effect Size
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Jin, Jie; Liu, Hengying; Zhang, Yan – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2015
Increased universities and colleges offer the undergraduates with more follow-up courses with the further reform in college English education in China. An investigation on self-evaluation, difficulty, and willingness of undergraduates in learning English further was made in order to design more appropriate and adaptable follow-up courses. This…
Descriptors: College English, College Curriculum, Needs Assessment, Undergraduate Students
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Chapple, Julian – International Education Studies, 2015
Described as a "galloping" phenomenon now considered "pandemic" in proportion, the use of English as the lingua franca medium of instruction (EMI) at higher education institutions (HEIs) across the globe is today considered the most significant trend in educational internationalisation. Japan is no exception and a growing…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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