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Heffernan, Neil; Otoshi, Junko – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This paper reports on a classroom-based inquiry using quantitative methods conducted with Japanese EFL students' writing practice using ETS's Criterion. The purpose of the study is to examine the actual effects of teachers' feedback on students' writing on Criterion. Twelve university students in Japan participated in this study, while completing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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Manna, Venessa F.; Yoo, Hanwook – ETS Research Report Series, 2015
This study examined the heterogeneity in the English-as-a-second-language (ESL) test population by modeling the relationship between test-taker background characteristics and test performance as measured by the "TOEFL iBT"® using a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) with covariate approach. The background characteristics studied…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Factor Analysis, Language Tests, Student Characteristics
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Gu, Lin; Lockwood, John; Powers, Donald E. – ETS Research Report Series, 2015
Standardized tests are often designed to provide only a snapshot of test takers' knowledge, skills, or abilities at a single point in time. Sometimes, however, they are expected to serve more demanding functions, one of them is assessing change in knowledge, skills, or ability over time because of learning effects.The latter is the case for the…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Standardized Tests
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Baker, Fiona S. – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2015
This study explores the expectations and early and subsequent realities of text-to-speech software for 24 nonnative-English-speaking college students who were experiencing reading difficulties in their freshman year of college. The study took place over two semesters in one academic year (from September to June) at a community college on the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Reading Difficulties, Diaries
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Gu, Lin – Language Testing, 2015
In this study I examined the dimensionality of the latent ability underlying language use that is needed to fulfill the demands young learners face in English-medium instructional environments, where English is used as the means of instruction for teaching subject matters. Previous research on English language use by school-age children provided…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), English Language Learners
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Ockey, Gary J.; Koyama, Dennis; Setoguchi, Eric; Sun, Angela – Language Testing, 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which performance on the TOEFL iBT speaking section is associated with other indicators of Japanese university students' abilities to communicate orally in an academic English environment and to determine which components of oral ability for these tasks are best assessed by TOEFL iBT. To…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Correlation
Smith, Jerry – Online Submission, 2015
This paper discusses the similarities between the Bible record of the Tower of Babel and the resulting confusion of languages and how it relates to modern times and the trend we see of English as an International Language (EIL). This paper then briefly examines the trend of being culturally sensitive in EIL by accepting cultural or "world…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Grammar, Phonetics
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Li, Hongli; Suen, Hoi K. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2015
This study examines how Chinese ESL learners recognize English words while responding to a multiple-choice reading test as compared to Romance-language-speaking ESL learners. Four adult Chinese ESL learners and three adult Romance-language-speaking ESL learners participated in a think-aloud study with the Michigan English Language Assessment…
Descriptors: Chinese, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Romance Languages
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Crowther, Dustin; Trofimovich, Pavel; Isaacs, Talia; Saito, Kazuya – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The current study investigated task effects on listener perception of second language (L2) comprehensibility (ease of understanding). Sixty university-level adult speakers of English from 4 first language (L1) backgrounds (Chinese, Romance, Hindi, Farsi), with 15 speakers per group, were recorded performing 2 tasks (IELTS long-turn speaking task…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Pronunciation, Language Rhythm
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Fass-Holmes, Barry; Vaughn, Allison A. – Journal of International Students, 2015
Many American universities require international applicants whose native language is not English to submit English proficiency exam scores presumably because of proficiency's potential to predict future academic success. The present study provides evidence, however, that such applicants can succeed academically despite struggling with English.…
Descriptors: Evidence, Foreign Students, Success, Limited English Speaking
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Sato, Takahiro; Hodge, Samuel R. – College Student Journal, 2015
The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the views of exchange students from Japan about their sojourn experiences at an American university. The participants were eight exchange students from Japan (four males and four females). This descriptive-qualitative study was conceptualized within sojourner theory (Siu, 1952). The data…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Experience, Student Exchange Programs, Surveys
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Asakereh, Ahmad; Dehghannezhad, Maliheh – Issues in Educational Research, 2015
This study investigated the relationship between student satisfaction with speaking classes, speaking skills self-efficacy beliefs, and speaking skills achievement. To this end, one hundred Iranian EFL undergraduate students filled out two questionnaires; a research-made and pilot-tested questionnaire for student satisfaction with speaking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Satisfaction, English (Second Language)
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Fox, Janna; Cheng, Liying – TESL Canada Journal, 2015
In keeping with the trend to elicit multiple stakeholder responses to operational tests as part of test validation, this exploratory mixed methods study examines test-taker accounts of an Internet-based (i.e., computer-administered) test in the high-stakes context of proficiency testing for university admission. In 2013, as language testing…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Hill, Kathryn; McNamara, Tim – Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2015
Those who work in second- and foreign-language testing often find Koretz's concern for validity inferences under high-stakes (VIHS) conditions both welcome and familiar. While the focus of the article is more narrowly on the potential for two instructional responses to test-based accountability, "reallocation" and "coaching,"…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Test Validity, High Stakes Tests, Inferences
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Chung, Sun Joo; Haider, Iftikhar; Boyd, Ryan – Language Teaching, 2015
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the English Placement Test (EPT) is the institutional placement test that is used to place students into appropriate English as a second language (ESL) writing and/or pronunciation service courses. The EPT is used to assess the English ability of newly admitted international undergraduate…
Descriptors: College English, Student Placement, English (Second Language), Foreign Students
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