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Yashima, Tomoko; MacIntyre, Peter D.; Ikeda, Maiko – Language Teaching Research, 2018
Recently, situated willingness to communicate (WTC) has received increasing research attention in addition to traditional quantitative studies of trait-like WTC. This article is an addition to the former but unique in two ways. First, it investigates both trait and state WTC in a classroom context and explores ways to combine the two to reach a…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Saito, Kazuya; Hanzawa, Keiko – Language Teaching Research, 2018
The current project longitudinally investigated the extent to which first-year Japanese university students developed their second language (L2) oral ability in relation to increased input in foreign language classrooms. Their spontaneous speech was elicited at the beginning, middle and end of one academic year, and then judged by linguistically…
Descriptors: Role, Linguistic Input, Second Language Learning, Phonemes
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Aubrey, Scott – Language Teaching Research, 2017
Flow represents a state of complete involvement and heightened intensity that leads to improved performance on a task (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975, 1990). The notion of flow has the potential to provide worthwhile insights into the area of task engagement, yet the construct has received relatively little empirical attention by second language…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Oral Language
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Hamada, Yo – Language Teaching Research, 2016
This study examines common claims associated with shadowing. Studies in Japan conclude that shadowing is effective for improving learners' listening skills. Two common claims are that shadowing is effective for lower-proficiency learners and that it enhances learners' phoneme perception, thus improving listening comprehension skills. The former…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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McLean, Stuart; Kramer, Brandon; Beglar, David – Language Teaching Research, 2015
An important gap in the field of second language vocabulary assessment concerns the lack of validated tests measuring aural vocabulary knowledge. The primary purpose of this study is to introduce and provide preliminary validity evidence for the Listening Vocabulary Levels Test (LVLT), which has been designed as a diagnostic tool to measure…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Ishii, Tomoko – Language Teaching Research, 2015
It has been repeatedly argued among vocabulary researchers that semantically related words should not be taught simultaneously because they can interfere with each other. However, the question of what types of relatedness cause interference has rarely been examined carefully. In addition, there are disagreements among the past studies that have…
Descriptors: Semantics, Memory, Vocabulary Development, Interference (Language)