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Moglen, Daniel – CATESOL Journal, 2015
This article will consider using TOEFL scores for purposes of placement and advising for international graduate students at a northern California research university. As the number of international students is on the rise and the funds for the graduate ESL program are diminishing, the way in which the university is handling the influx of…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Student Placement, English (Second Language)
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Dashtestani, Reza – Teaching English with Technology, 2015
Interest in Web-based and computer-assisted language testing is growing in the field of English for academic purposes (EAP). In this study, four groups of undergraduate EAP students (n = 120), each group consisted of 30 students, were randomly selected from four different disciplines, i.e. biology, political sciences, psychology, and law. The four…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Vocabulary
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Abdolrezapour, Parisa; Fallah, Elahe – Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences, 2015
This study has sought to explore the effect of reflective teaching on learner autonomy and the intrinsic motivation of Iranian upper-intermediate female learners. The subjects included 60 adult upper-intermediate EFL learners chosen out of ninety, based on the scores obtained through administration of the TOEFL exam. They were randomly assigned to…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Personal Autonomy
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Qarajeh, Masoud; Abdolmanafi-Rokni, Seyed Jalal – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2015
The present study was set out to investigate the effect of social hubs on improving EFL learners' speaking skill. The participants of the study were 38 female and 26 male students between the age of 19 and 29. They were randomly assigned to two groups of experimental and control. Each group consisted of 32 participants. A language proficiency test…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Social Media, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Horiba, Yukie; Fukaya, Keiko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study examined the effect of reading goal, topic-familiarity, and language proficiency on text comprehension and learning. English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students with high and low topic-familiarity read and recalled a text. Some were told in advance to expect a recall task in a particular language--the first language (L1) or second…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Familiarity, Second Language Learning, Goal Orientation
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Lee, Jia-Ying – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study compares the language learner and test-taking strategies used by Chinese-speaking graduate students when confronted with familiar versus unfamiliar topics in an English multiple-choice format reading comprehension test. Thirty-six participants at a large mid-western university performed three tasks: A content knowledge vocabulary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Statistical Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Negishi, Junko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
The study considers the assessment of L2 English learners by trained raters in paired and group oral assessments in comparison to an individual, monologue assessment, to determine 1) the degree to which raters assign pairs/groups shared (the same) scores and the degree to which raters give individual members of pairs/groups higher or lower as…
Descriptors: Evaluators, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Scores
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Kalali, Nazanin Naderi; Pishkar, Kian – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2015
The main thrust of this study was to determine whether a genre-based instruction improve the writing proficiency of Iranian EFL learners. To this end, 30 homogenous Iranian BA learners studying English at Islamic Azad University, Bandar Abbas Branch were selected as the participants of the study through a version of TOEFL test as the proficiency…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Bemani Naeini, Ma'ssoumeh – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2015
Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory (MIT), however having been embraced in the field of language acquisition, has apparently failed to play a role in research on learning styles as an alternative construct. This study aims at examining the potential effects of MI-based activities, as learning styles, on the listening proficiency of Iranian…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, College Students, Listening Skills
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Gonzalez Such, Jose; Alvarez Alvarez, Alfredo – Online Submission, 2015
Testing is an issue of increasing importance. While for many teachers language learning should be communicative; in fact, they expect their students to provide evidence of their knowledge. Thus, there is a clear mismatch on the approach to language teaching and language testing. As a consequence, there is an evident need change the testing…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Testing, Foreign Countries, Grade 12
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Gönen, Ipek Kuru – Educational Research and Reviews, 2015
Reading in FL possesses certain challenges for FL readers such as difficulty in inferring underlying messages in texts and dealing with unfamiliar cultural load. All these challenges may be associated with FL learners' reading proficiency and their use of FL reading strategies especially while reading academic materials. This study aims at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Reading Strategies
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Crossley, Scott A.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study uses a moving windows self-paced reading task to assess text comprehension of beginning and intermediate-level simplified texts and authentic texts by L2 learners engaged in a text-retelling task. Linear mixed effects (LME) models revealed statistically significant main effects for reading proficiency and text level on the number of…
Descriptors: Recall (Psychology), Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Reading Ability
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Ling, Guangming; Powers, Donald E.; Adler, Rachel M. – ETS Research Report Series, 2014
One fundamental way to determine the validity of standardized English-language test scores is to investigate the extent to which they reflect anticipated learning effects in different English-language programs. In this study, we investigated the extent to which the "TOEFL iBT"® practice test reflects the learning effects of students at…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Computer Assisted Testing
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Ling, Guangming; Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Cho, Yeonsuk; Wang, Yuan – ETS Research Report Series, 2014
Although English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programs for matriculated students have been a presence in U.S. higher education since the 1940s, little has been documented in the literature concerning ESL courses, ESL placement tests, and the procedures in which incoming students are placed into appropriate classes.The present study takes three…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Higher Education, Program Content
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Park, Jaehan; Yang, Jaeseok; Hsieh, Yi Chin – Language Learning & Technology, 2014
With the growing prevalence of Web 2.0 technologies and use of online resources in their classrooms, language learners have increasing exposure to online texts. In this study we attempted to understand how university level second language (L2) readers construct meaning when reading online. We investigated L2 readers' information-seeking strategies…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Web 2.0 Technologies
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