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Zhang, Jianfeng – English Language Teaching, 2015
Language learning motivation is one of vital factors which strongly correlates to the success in second language acquisition. Listening proficiency, as one of the basic language abilities, is paid much attention in English instruction, but presently the college English listening teaching is a weak link in English language teaching in China, which…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Listening Skills
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Zhang, Jianfeng – International Education Studies, 2014
Activity theory signifies that activities are at the centre of human behaviour and it has been used to study cognitive process in many fields. Nowadays, college English listening learning is time-consuming but less effective in China, so enhancing the performance of listening instruction is a very hot topic. Theoretically, activity theory is able…
Descriptors: College English, Listening, Models, English (Second Language)
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Zhang, Jianfeng – English Language Teaching, 2014
Goal orientation is a kind of theory of learning motivation, which helps learners to develop their capability by emphasis on new techniques acquiring and environment adapting. In this study, based on the autonomous inquiry model, the construction of Chinese students' goal orientations in English learning are summarized according to the data…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Zhang, Jianfeng – English Language Teaching, 2013
Autonomous inquiry learning is a kind of learning model, which relies mainly on learners and emphasizes that learners should inquire knowledge actively; moreover, ESP, which emphasizes the combination of language learning and specific purposes learning, is a goal-oriented and well targeted instruction system. Therefore, ESP and autonomous inquiry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Zhang, Jianfeng – English Language Teaching, 2012
Discourse markers can clearly indicate the organization of discourse, remind the hearer of the preceding and the following contents, and express clearly the concrete speech acts. The aims of this study are to explore the relationship between the discourse-marker-based model and listening comprehension as well as the different effects of such a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Listening Comprehension, Second Language Instruction