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Li, Ying; Somlak, Taylor – Language Teaching Research, 2019
Research on second-language (L2) speech acquisition suggests that audio-visual aids could be effective in helping learners acquire difficult L2 speech sounds (Li, 2016a). However, most previous studies have been restricted to laboratory settings rather than the classroom environment. The present study, therefore, was designed to fill this…
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Nonverbal Communication, Pronunciation, Language Tests
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Fang, Fan (Gabriel); Baker, Will – Language Teaching Research, 2018
With the status of English as a global lingua franca (ELF), English is no longer the sole property of its Anglophone native English speakers (NES) problematizing the current dominance of Anglophone cultures and NES in the field of English language teaching (ELT). The notion of intercultural citizenship education offers a critical alternative model…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, Citizenship Education, Intercultural Communication
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Zhang, Xiaoyan – Language Teaching Research, 2017
The study examines whether there is any difference between the effects of a reading-writing integrated task and comprehensive corrective feedback (CF) on English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' writing development, and whether the input language in the integrated task makes a difference in L2 writing development over time and the language…
Descriptors: Reading Writing Relationship, Error Correction, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups
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Qiu, Xuyan; Lo, Yuen Yi – Language Teaching Research, 2017
Previous research has considered the effects of content familiarity and task repetition on second language (L2) performance, but few studies have looked at the effect of these factors on learners' engagement in task performance. This study explores the influence of content familiarity and task repetition on English as a foreign language (EFL)…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Course Content, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Wei, Zheng – Language Teaching Research, 2015
The present research tested the effectiveness of the word part technique in comparison with the keyword method and self-strategy learning. One hundred and twenty-one Chinese year-one university students were randomly assigned to one of the three learning conditions: word part, keyword or self-strategy learning condition. Half of the target words…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Asians
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Gu, Mingyue; Benson, Phil – Language Teaching Research, 2015
Drawing on insights from Communities of Practice and critical discourse theory, this study investigates how teacher identities are discursively constructed in course of teacher education and under the influence of social structure. The participants were seven Hong Kong and nine mainland Chinese pre-service teachers. Two focus group interviews and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Preservice Teachers
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Wang, Lihui; Lawson, Michael J.; Curtis, David D. – Language Teaching Research, 2015
Imagery training has been shown to improve reading comprehension. Recent research has also shown that the quality of visual mental imagery used is important for reading comprehension. A review of literature shows that there has been relatively little detailed research on the quality of imagery used by learners, especially in the case of students…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Niu, Ruiying; Helms-Park, Rena – Language Teaching Research, 2014
This study investigates the roles of collaborative output, the modality of output, and word engagement in vocabulary learning and retention by Chinese-speaking undergraduate EFL learners. The two treatment groups reconstructed a passage that they had read in one of two ways: (1) dyadic oral interaction while producing a written report (Written…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Oral Language, Control Groups, Written Language
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Gao, Xuesong; Xu, Hao – Language Teaching Research, 2014
This article reports on an inquiry into a group of English language teachers' professional experiences that interpreted their motivation to teach and their shifting professional commitment with reference to representations and visions that they had and did not have about themselves in rural secondary schools in China's hinterland regions. It…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Motivation, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Xu, Yueting – Language Teaching Research, 2014
This article reports on a narrative study of university EFL (English as a foreign language) teachers' research practices and their identity construction as researchers in China. Drawing upon data from narrative frames among 104 teachers and in-depth interviews with four teachers, the study reveals that teachers' increased research engagement, as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Benson, Phil – Language Teaching Research, 2012
The literature on non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) and native English-speaking teachers (NESTs) tends to focus on their respective strengths, the main strengths of NNESTs being their experience of learning English as a second language and their familiarity with their students' language and educational background. This article proposes…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Preservice Teacher Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Zheng, Chunxian – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This ethnographic study attempts to find, reveal and understand the learning possibilities, from the social learning perspective, in the process of peer feedback activity in a College English classroom for non-English majors in China. The study reveals the nature of Exploratory Practice (EP), and the investigation is guided by EP principles,…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Nonmajors, Socialization, Discussion
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Tian, Lili; Macaro, Ernesto – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This study investigated the effect of teacher codeswitching on second language (L2) vocabulary acquisition during listening comprehension activities in a lexical Focus-on-Form context. To date there has been research on teacher beliefs about first language (L1) use, its functions and its distribution in the interaction, but little on its effect on…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), College Second Language Programs, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers