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Ashwell, Tim; Elam, Jesse R. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
The ultimate aim of our research project was to use the Google Web Speech API to automate scoring of elicited imitation (EI) tests. However, in order to achieve this goal, we had to take a number of preparatory steps. We needed to assess how accurate this speech recognition tool is in recognizing native speakers' production of the test items; we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Tanaka, Hiroya; Oki, Nanaho – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This practical paper discusses the effect of explicit instruction to raise Japanese EFL learners' pragmatic awareness using online discourse completion tasks. The five-part tasks developed by the authors use American TV drama scenes depicting particular speech acts and include explicit instruction in these speech acts. 46 Japanese EFL college…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Metalinguistics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Heffernan, Neil; Otoshi, Junko – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This paper reports on a classroom-based inquiry using quantitative methods conducted with Japanese EFL students' writing practice using ETS's Criterion. The purpose of the study is to examine the actual effects of teachers' feedback on students' writing on Criterion. Twelve university students in Japan participated in this study, while completing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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Flowers, Simeon – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
Motivation is an important topic among language teachers in Japan. Collins and Hunt (2011) observed increases in Japanese university student's motivation as a result of collaborative learning and cooperative learning programs. This paper continues in this line of inquiry through a quantitative study of motivation in the context of computer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Friendship, Cooperative Learning
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Davies, Renaud Jonathan – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This study explores the role voice microblogging-based activities play in developing learners' spoken production skills. The study involved 33 low-intermediate level university students majoring in English at a private university in Japan. The voice microblogging application used in the study was Bubbly, a cross-platform social networking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Technology
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Forsythe, Edo – JALT CALL Journal, 2014
Online intercultural collaborations using wiki pages are becoming common in foreign language education. However, research into their effectiveness and the types of comments students make in their interactions remains scant. This study addresses this gap by exploring three years' worth of interactions among Japanese students of English and American…
Descriptors: Japanese, English (Second Language), Collaborative Writing, Second Language Instruction
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McLean, Stuart; Hogg, Nicholas; Rush, Thomas W. – JALT CALL Journal, 2013
Recent research has shown that paired-associate learning is an effective way to acquire second language vocabulary. However, much research in the field has measured small-scale vocabulary learning. This is due to the methods which learners used to conduct paired-associate learning: paper flash cards. This project sought to measure vocabulary…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology