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Zhang, Xiaodong – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
Systemic functional linguistics (SFL) theory focuses on developing language learners' meta-linguistic understanding of the interrelation among linguistic form (grammar/vocabulary), meaning, and context. Guided by SFL when using a mandatory textbook and open educational resources, this study investigates how exposure to this blended teaching and…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Jin, Li – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2018
Different from the traditional term language input, affordance, an ecological term, has been deployed to analyze the perceived opportunities for second language (L2) learning an environment provides to L2 learners. L2 learning occurs only when the semiotic resources in the environment resonate with the learner's capacities such as their abilities,…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Educational Environment, Linguistic Input
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Kung, Fan-Wei – Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 2017
The advancement of computer technologies has brought a plethora of technological innovations in educational settings. It is no exception in teacher training and education programmes around the world as the growth of professionalism has made the distance doctoral programmes possible for mid-career English language teaching (ELT) practitioners. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Cultural Pluralism
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Wei, Wei – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The use of integrated skills tasks in language tests has been debated for many years and international English test developers such as Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Pearson Tests of English (PTE) already use such tests to assess English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' language proficiency. Empirical research has rarely investigated…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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Gao, Xianwei; Samuel, Moses; Asmawi, Adelina – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2016
Qzone weblog is one of the most popular weblogs in China. This study explores Qzone weblog for critical peer feedback to facilitate Business English writing among the Chinese undergraduates. A qualitative case study is conducted by NVivo 8 to analyze the three research data of semistructured interviews, Business English writing assignments, and…
Descriptors: Business English, Business Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Buendía Arias, Ximena Paola – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2015
This research seeks to gain deeper understanding of learner autonomy in English as a Foreign Language students from different cultures through the identification and analysis of similarities and differences between Chinese and Colombian students from two public universities: Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China and Universidad Surcolombiana…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Asians
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Xu, Jianping – English Language Teaching, 2009
This thesis reports a survey study of the autonomous L2 learning by 100 first-year non-English-major Chinese post-graduates via the instruments of a questionnaire and semi-structured interview after the questionnaire. It attends to address the following research question: To what extent do Chinese postgraduate students conduct autonomous L2…
Descriptors: Independent Study, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Graduate Students