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Crossley, Scott; Clevinger, Amanda; Kim, YouJin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
There has been a growing interest in the use of integrated tasks in the field of second language testing to enhance the authenticity of language tests. However, the role of text integration in test takers' performance has not been widely investigated. The purpose of the current study is to examine the effects of text-based relational (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Connected Discourse, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
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So, Youngsoon – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
This article presents a case study incorporating English teachers' perspectives into the development of a large-scale international English assessment, the recently developed "TOEFL Junior"® Comprehensive test. It discusses how stakeholder feedback gathered during test development supports the validity argument for score interpretation…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Test Construction, Feedback (Response), Language Tests
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Morris, Michael; Maxey, Shirley – Journal of Education for Business, 2014
The authors investigate the information content of two commonly used admission tests, namely the Graduate Management Admission Test and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The analysis extends prior research by investigating the incremental information content of individual components from one admission test conditional on the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Masters Degrees, Accounting
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Mirzaei, Azizullah; Rahimi Domakani, Masoud; Heidari, Najmeh – Educational Psychology, 2014
Over the years, the multiple intelligences theory (MIT) proposed by Howard Gardner has renewed interest in learners' use of effective learning strategies and produced interesting results. This MIT-oriented study investigated the role of successful L2 readers' multiple intelligences in their effective use of reading strategies. To this end, a TOEFL…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Second Language Learning, Multiple Intelligences, Questionnaires
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Feng, Hui-Hsien – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2014
Corpus concordancing has been utilized in second language (L2) writing classrooms for a few decades. Some studies have shown that this application is helpful, to a certain degree, to learners' writing process. However, how corpus concordancing is utilized for nonnative speakers' (NNSs) self error-correction in writing, especially the pattern of…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Error Correction, Writing (Composition), English Language Learners
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Hong-Nam, Kay; Page, Larkin – Reading Psychology, 2014
The metacognitive awareness and reading strategy use by Korean university students in Korea was investigated. The relationships between reading strategy use, self-rated English proficiency, and self-rated reading proficiency were examined. Differences in reading strategy use were also explored by gender and academic classification. Problem-solving…
Descriptors: Metacognition, College Students, Foreign Countries, Reading Strategies
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Gobel, Peter; Kano, Makimi – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2014
This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a year-long reading while listening (RWL) program run for university first-year students at a private university in Japan. The program was developed to give students practice in listening to a large volume of spoken English--a practice that the majority of Japanese students lack. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Program Implementation, Reading Programs, Listening Skills
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Lowinger, Robert Jay; He, Zhaomin; Lin, Miranda; Chang, Mei – College Student Journal, 2014
This study examined the role of academic self-efficacy, acculturation difficulties, and language abilities on procrastination behavior using a convenience sample of 264 Chinese international students studying at three public universities in the United States. While there were no significant mean gender differences on any of the measures, results…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy, Acculturation, Foreign Students
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Papageorgiou, Spiros; Cho, Yeonsuk – Language Testing, 2014
A common use of language tests is to support decisions about examinees such as placement into appropriate classes. Research on placement testing has focused on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in higher education contexts. However, there is little research exploring the use of language tests to place students in English as a Second Language…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Student Placement
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Fukuda, Eri; Suzuki, Mitsuko; Hashimoto, Shinichi; Okazak, Hironobu – Research-publishing.net, 2014
In this study, the researchers examined how 64 university students engaged in self-directed group learning and used a self-developed e-portfolio system. A sixweek event was held where the students made entries to the e-portfolio individually each week, received feedback from advisors, studied in groups on a voluntary basis, and reflected on their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing
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Gu, Lin – Language Testing, 2014
This study investigated the relationship between latent components of academic English language ability and test takers' study-abroad and classroom learning experiences through a structural equation modeling approach in the context of TOEFL iBT® testing. Data from the TOEFL iBT public dataset were used. The results showed that test takers'…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, English for Academic Purposes
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Barkaoui, Khaled – Language Testing, 2014
A major concern with computer-based (CB) tests of second-language (L2) writing is that performance on such tests may be influenced by test-taker keyboarding skills. Poor keyboarding skills may force test-takers to focus their attention and cognitive resources on motor activities (i.e., keyboarding) and, consequently, other processes and aspects of…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Nitta, Ryo; Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo – Language Testing, 2014
Despite the growing popularity of paired format speaking assessments, the effects of pre-task planning time on performance in these formats are not yet well understood. For example, some studies have revealed the benefits of planning but others have not. Using a multifaceted approach including analysis of the process of speaking performance, the…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Decision Making
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Coombe, Christine; Davidson, Peter – Language Testing, 2014
The Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) is a large-scale, high-stakes, English language proficiency/placement test administered in the United Arab Emirates to Emirati nationals in their final year of secondary education or Grade 12. The purpose of the CEPA is to place students into English classes at the appropriate government…
Descriptors: Language Tests, High Stakes Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Doolan, Stephen M. – Written Communication, 2014
Developmental composition courses serve a sizable and growing number of Generation 1.5 students, or long-term U.S. resident language learners, and it is believed that language challenges may be part of Generation 1.5 writers' difficulty in controlling the academic register. The current study investigates possible similarities and differences…
Descriptors: Writing Difficulties, Student Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language)
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