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Joyce, Paul – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This paper investigates the effect of using L1 translations versus L2 definitions on the learning and testing of L2 vocabulary recognition knowledge. For this study, 48 Japanese L2 learners of English studied 200 lexical items from the academic word list (AWL) over a 10-week period. To support their learning, the participants were provided with…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Japanese, Translation, Definitions
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Ruegg, Rachael – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Literature from education, educational psychology and second language acquisition has consistently found that self-efficacy is a key factor leading to increased language learning success. Students with more self-efficacy are claimed to have higher motivation and to expend more effort in the learning process. On the other hand, those with less…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Willis, Martin; Ohashi, Yoshie – Language Learning Journal, 2012
Vocabulary is an essential component of language. It is central to reading ability, writing ability and listening ability, and the most important aspect of second-language (L2) knowledge for academic achievement. The aim of this paper is to investigate quantitatively some of the factors that make some L2 words more difficult to learn and retain…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Writing Ability, Reading Ability, Vocabulary Development