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Ghabanchi, Zargham; Rastegar, Rabe'e – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
The aim of this study was to determine the impact of both IQ and emotional intelligence on reading comprehension in Iran. Forty-five EFL college students from Payame Noor University of Gonbad and Azad University of Gorgan participated in this study. Three independent tests were administrated, including Bar-On's emotional intelligence inventory…
Descriptors: Correlation, Emotional Intelligence, College Students, Intelligence Quotient
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McDonough, Kim; Neumann, Heike – TESL Canada Journal, 2014
Even though collaborative prewriting tasks are frequently used in second language (L2) writing classes (Fernández Dobao, 2012; Storch, 2005), they have not been as widely researched as other tasks, such as collaborative writing and peer review. This article examines the effectiveness of collaborative prewriting tasks at encouraging English for…
Descriptors: Prewriting, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Wang, Chao; Yan, Jiaolan; Liu, Bao – English Language Teaching, 2014
Based on Bailey's washback model, in respect of participants, process and products, the present empirical study was conducted to find the actual washback effects of the internet-based College English Test Band 4 (IB CET-4). The methods adopted are questionnaires, class observation, interview and the analysis of both the CET-4 teaching and testing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Abbasian, Gholam-Reza; Hartoonian, Anahid – English Language Teaching, 2014
Self-regulated learning strategies have recently received a remarkable attention by researchers. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between self-regulated learning strategies and students' language proficiency as well as their reading comprehension. To do so, 115 Iranian EFL university students were selected. First, a TOEFL test…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Correlation, Learning Processes, Reading Comprehension
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Alavinia, Parviz; Hassanlou, Adel – English Language Teaching, 2014
The current study was aimed at investigating the relationship between academic Iranian EFL learners' extroversion/introversion and their writing performance. The participants of the study were some 52 BA learners majoring in English language literature in Urmia and Tabriz state universities. The chosen sample comprised of both males and females…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Extraversion Introversion
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Coté, Robert A. – GIST Education and Learning Research Journal, 2014
The present study reports the results of a process of peer feedback through anonymous peer review in an EFL writing class. Numerous studies have reported on the benefits of peer review (PR) in the ESL/EFL writing classroom. However, the literature also identifies social issues that can negatively affect the outcome of face-to-face PR. In this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Evaluation, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Fass-Holmes, Barry; Vaughn, Allison A. – Journal of International Students, 2014
Are international undergraduates struggling academically, and are their struggles due to weaknesses in English as a second language? The present study showed that 1) at most 10% of these students in three cohorts (ranging in size from N = 322 to N = 695) at an American west coast public university struggled (quarterly grade point averages below C)…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Students, Academic Ability, Grade Point Average
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Nami, Fatemeh; Marandi, S. Susan – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2014
The potential of wikis for learning has recently begun to capture the attention of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) research. While students' collaboration, attention to form, and perceptions of wikis in document mode have been widely addressed in previous research, the educational value of wikis used in thread mode, as discussion…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Editing, Collaborative Writing, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Ling, Guangming; Mollaun, Pamela; Xi, Xiaoming – Language Testing, 2014
The scoring of constructed responses may introduce construct-irrelevant factors to a test score and affect its validity and fairness. Fatigue is one of the factors that could negatively affect human performance in general, yet little is known about its effects on a human rater's scoring quality on constructed responses. In this study, we compared…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Fatigue (Biology), Scoring, Performance
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Brooks, Lindsay; Swain, Merrill – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
In this study we compare test takers' performance on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT™and their performances during their real-life academic studies. Thirty international graduate students from mixed language backgrounds in two different disciplines (Sciences and Social Sciences) responded to two independent and four integrated speaking tasks…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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Yang, Hui-Chun – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
This study explores the construct of a summarization test task by means of single-group and multigroup structural equation modeling (SEM). It examines the interrelationships between strategy use and performance, drawing on data from 298 Taiwanese undergraduates' summary essays and their self-reported strategy use. Single-group SEM analyses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Structural Equation Models, Writing Skills, Language Tests
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Frantz, Roger S.; Bailey, Alison L.; Starr, Laura; Perea, Luis – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
The current focus across the U.S. on student college and career readiness standards makes clear that both instruction and assessment of academic English will continue to be important for school-age English learner (EL) students. This article presents an overview and summary of key literature on academic language (usually academic English);…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, English Language Learners, State Standards, Language Proficiency
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Snow Andrade, Maureen; Evans, Norman W.; Hartshorn, K. James – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2014
Higher education institutions in English-speaking nations host significant populations of non-native English speakers (NNES), both international and resident. English language proficiency is a critical factor to their success. This study reviews higher education practices in the United States related to this population. Findings indicate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, English Language Learners, English (Second Language)
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Puspawati, Indah – TESOL Journal, 2014
For nonnative English speakers, taking a standardized English proficiency test seems inevitable, because the scores achieved play an important role in such life events as admission to a school, gaining a scholarship, or securing a job. Considering their importance, it is imperative that such tests be not only valid and reliable, but also fair.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Culture Fair Tests, Language Tests
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Tsai, Yea-Ru; Talley, Paul C. – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2014
This paper reports on the effect of a Moodle-supported strategy instruction on both reading comprehension and strategy use among EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. Specific reading strategy training was first integrated into a Moodle system, which included reading exercises on problem identification, monitoring comprehension,…
Descriptors: Management Systems, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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