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Hsieh, Ching-Ni; Wang, Yuan – Language Testing, 2019
This study investigated a range of fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and content features of young language students' speaking performances, using a discourse-analytic approach. In total, 179 test takers' responses to the speaking section of the "TOEFL Junior"® Comprehensive test were selected for analysis. Mixed-design ANOVAs were used to…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Grammar
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Kasim, Usman; Muslem, Asnawi; Mustafa, Faisal – International Journal of Instruction, 2019
Students of social and natural sciences are expected to achieve different learning outcomes because they employ different language learning strategies and are exposed to different vocabulary. This research was aimed at finding evidence from empirical data to determine whether the differences in learning outcomes are statistically significant. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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Neumann, Heike; Padden, Nina; McDonough, Kim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Past research into the relationship between English proficiency test (EPT) scores and score profiles, such as the IELTS and the TOEFL, has shown that there is not always a clear relationship between those scores and students' subsequent academic achievement. Information about students' academic self-concept (ASC) may provide additional information…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Undergraduate Students, Language Proficiency, Scores
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Kang, Okim; Thomson, Ron; Moran, Meghan – TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, 2019
This study examines the effect of incorporating a variety of international English accents into a simulated TOEFL listening comprehension test in growing recognition of internationalization of language teaching and learning in the field of TESOL. Although some high-stakes English proficiency exams have begun incorporating speech samples produced…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Listening Comprehension Tests, Language Variation, English (Second Language)
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Tweedie, M. Gregory; Chu, Man-Wai – Studies in Higher Education, 2019
English is increasingly common as a medium of instruction in higher education internationally, and evidence of English language proficiency (ELP) forms a vital aspect of many post-secondary admission applications. Scores from different ELP measures (e.g. standardized assessments; institution-specific English programmes) are often used as…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, Higher Education
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Llosa, Lorena; Malone, Margaret E. – Language Testing, 2019
Investigating the comparability of students' performance on TOEFL writing tasks and actual academic writing tasks is essential to provide backing for the extrapolation inference in the TOEFL validity argument (Chapelle, Enright, & Jamieson, 2008). This study compared 103 international non-native-English-speaking undergraduate students'…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Nuttall, Lee – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This report discusses why Japan continues to struggle with and appears on the surface to be reluctant to embrace the English language as a medium to conduct business and indeed tourism as opposed to their South East Asian neighbours. The topics covered were the historical context of Japan's isolationist policy, Japan's educational system, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Payant, Caroline; Kim, YouJin – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
Despite a growing amount of research on collaborative dialogue during task performance, little attention has been given to the occurrence of collaborative dialogue across task modality and its impact on language development. To expand our current understanding of task modality effects on learning opportunities, we examined the process of engaging…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Cooperative Learning, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism
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Gu, Lin; Hsieh, Ching-Ni – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Examining spoken features across proficiency levels allows researchers to explore the nature of speaking proficiency as it develops. This line of research has thus far primarily focused on adult second language (L2) learners. Using cross-sectional data based on a large-scale language assessment intended for young L2 learners, in this study, we…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Speech Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Sinclair, Jeanne; Larson, Elizabeth Jean; Rajendram, Shakina – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
The number of internationally mobile students pursuing higher education increases each year, with 8 million students expected to study abroad globally by 2025 (Farrugia, 2014). Many English-dominant universities require international applicants to provide standardized test scores as evidence of English proficiency. Accordingly, millions of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
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Crossley, Scott A.; Kim, YouJin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
The current study examined the effects of text-based relational (i.e., cohesion), propositional-specific (i.e., lexical), and syntactic features in a source text on subsequent integration of the source text in spoken responses. It further investigated the effects of word integration on human ratings of speaking performance while taking into…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Syntax, Oral Language, Speech Communication
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Brown, Annie; Ducasse, Ana Maria – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
This study investigates the relationship between performances on the speaking component of the TOEFL iBTTM with performances on academic oral assessment tasks. For the academic tasks, we recorded and transcribed the performances of five local and five high-achieving international undergraduate students on oral assessment tasks in core first-year…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Oral Language, Language Proficiency, High Achievement
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Lieb, Margaret M. – TESL-EJ, 2019
English proficiency is valued in Japan for its facilitation of participation in the international community. However, average proficiency remains low despite strategic efforts of Japan's Ministry of Education. Based on research indicating that culture may impact learning, this quantitative study investigated the impact of culture on English…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Joyce, Paul – PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, 2019
Listening has been widely characterised as a multifaceted process encompassing a range of linguistic and psycholinguistic components (see Rubin, 1994). However, for learners at different levels of L2 proficiency, there is uncertainty over the relative importance of the various sub-skills. To address this issue, a number of linguistic and…
Descriptors: Correlation, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Tests
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Foley, J. A. – LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 2019
This paper first discusses the Common European Framework of Reference Languages: Learning, teaching and assessment CEFR 2001 and the revisions to this framework in CEFR 2018. It then looks at the Frameworks of Reference for English Language Education in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and China which are based on CEFR. The main purpose of this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)