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Lü, Linqiong – English Language Teaching, 2018
Western teachers working in China often experience cultural conflicts arising from, for instance, the ways that Chinese students perceive face and express criticism. To better understand these face-concerned conflicts, this paper explores the role and significance of email for a group of Chinese students to communicate pedagogical criticism with…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Intercultural Communication, Criticism, Second Language Instruction
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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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Li, Zhan; Harfitt, Gary James – Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 2017
This paper examines a ubiquitous yet under-studied area of language pedagogy, namely materials usage. It explores teachers' enactment of curriculum materials by focusing on English language education (ELE) teachers' use of prescribed textbooks to plan and deliver lessons at the tertiary level in Mainland China. A qualitative multi-case study…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Case Studies, Material Development, Faculty Development
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Zhan, Ying; Wan, Zhi Hong – English Language Teaching, 2016
In the field of second language learning motivation, the studies on process-oriented nature of possible L2 selves are scarce. In order to address this research gap, this study explored how a group of five Chinese non-English-major undergraduates developed their possible L2 selves during the transition year from high school to university. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Xu, Lan; Wannaruk, Anchalee – PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, 2016
Speech acts are the major concern of interlanguage pragmatists. The present study aimed to 1) examine the reliability and validity of an interlanguage pragmatic (ILP) competence test on speech acts in a Chinese EFL context, and 2) investigate EFL learners' variations of ILP competence by language proficiency. Altogether 390 students participated…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Semi Structured Interviews, Speech Acts, Content Analysis
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Peng, Jian-E. – System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 2012
This article reports on a multiple-case study designed to investigate factors influencing willingness to communicate (WTC) in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom in China. Four university students participated in this study; data were collected through semi-structured interviews, learning journals recorded by the students, and…
Descriptors: Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, English (Second Language)
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Garcia-Sanchez, Soraya; Rojas-Lizana, Sol – Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2012
This article aims to demonstrate how the use of an online journal, a bilingual blog, can contribute to filling in the language and cultural gaps of foreign language learners. This case study focuses on the participation, interaction, motivation, language acquisition, feedback and cultural input improved by students of Spanish as a Foreign Language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Second Language Instruction, Web Sites
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Vinther, Jane – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2011
The framework of this study is cooperation between students of English at a Chinese university and their counterparts at a Danish university, i.e. neither group of students are native speakers of English. The theoretical framework for the study is Vygotsky's sociocultural approach combined with the work by a number of researchers on the link…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Constructivism (Learning), Interpersonal Relationship
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Peng, Jian-E. – System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 2011
Drawing on an ecological perspective, this paper reports on an investigation into the changes in one first-year college student's beliefs about English teaching and learning since his enrollment. These changes in beliefs are part of the empirical findings of a multiple-case study conducted in the Chinese EFL context. Semi-structured interviews,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Interviews, Data Analysis