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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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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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Shimono, Torrin R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
The progression of silent reading rates and reading comprehension were examined among Japanese university students (N = 55) over one academic semester. Participants were divided into three quasi-experimental groups. The first group practiced a combination of timed reading and repeated oral reading with attention paid to chunking and prosody. The…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Alizadeh, Mehrasa; Mehran, Parisa; Koguchi, Ichiro; Takemura, Haruo – Research-publishing.net, 2017
In recent years, there has been a burgeoning interest in Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, especially in educational settings to edutain (i.e. educate and entertain) students and engage them in their learning. This study reports the results of the use of an AR application called BlippAR to augment poster carousel tasks in a blended English…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Visual Aids, Feedback (Response), Qualitative Research
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Fukuta, Junya – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study explored the longitudinal changes of Japanese EFL learners' psychological attributes of unwillingness to speak English in a task-based classroom. Thirty-three university students participated in this study. They engaged in a communicative task once a week for two semesters. They completed a questionnaire examining the psychological…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Harting, Axel – The EUROCALL Review, 2017
This study explores ways of using Facebook as a tool to improve the pragmatic competence of students of German as a foreign language in Japan. Nine students of a textbook-based German class (CFER level A2) voluntarily participated in this blended learning approach, in which they were assigned weekly online tasks aimed at eliciting speech acts…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Media
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Bower, Jack Victor; Rutson-Griffiths, Arthur – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2016
A strong relationship between L2 vocabulary knowledge and L2 reading and listening comprehension is well established. However, less research has been conducted to explore correlations between pedagogic interventions to increase vocabulary knowledge and score gains on standardized L2 proficiency tests. This study addresses this gap in the research…
Descriptors: Correlation, Computer Software, Scores, Language Tests
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Koyama, Dennis; Sun, Angela; Ockey, Gary J. – Language Learning & Technology, 2016
Multiple-choice formats remain a popular design for assessing listening comprehension, yet no consensus has been reached on how multiple-choice formats should be employed. Some researchers argue that test takers must be provided with a preview of the items prior to the input (Buck, 1995; Sherman, 1997); others argue that a preview may decrease the…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, Statistical Analysis, Language Proficiency
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Kotani, Katsunori; Yoshimi, Takehiko; Nanjo, Hiroaki; Isahara, Hitoshi – English Language Teaching, 2016
In order to develop effective teaching methods and computer-assisted language teaching systems for learners of English as a foreign language who need to study the basic linguistic competences for writing, pronunciation, reading, and listening, it is necessary to first investigate which vocabulary and grammar they have or have not yet learned.…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Accuracy, Language Fluency, Linguistic Competence
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Thomson, Haidee Elizabeth – TESL-EJ, 2016
Lexical bundles are essential for fluency, but their incompleteness is a stumbling block for learners. In this study, two presentation methods to increase awareness of lexical bundles through explicit noticing are explored and compared with incidental exposure. The three conditions in this study were as follows: noticing with schematic linguistic…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Green, Kieran; Fujita, Junichi – English Language Teaching, 2016
Here is documented investigation to assess the motivational drivers of a group of Japanese, first-year, dental-university students taking part in compulsory EFL classes and to compare those motivational drivers with an investigation into the motivational drivers of a group of Japanese IT students. There was a clear difference between extrinsic and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation
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Fujii, Kazuma – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The purpose of this paper is to explore the effective use of the core schema-based instruction (SBI) in a classroom setting. The core schema is a schematic representation of the common underlying meaning of a given lexical item, and was first proposed on the basis of the cognitive linguistic perspectives by the Japanese applied linguists Tanaka,…
Descriptors: Schemata (Cognition), Teaching Methods, Translation, Instructional Effectiveness
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Rafieyan, Vahid – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2016
Development of target language pragmatic competence in language learners requires not only provision of cultural features of target language community in language classes but also language learner's willingness to learn and use those cultural features. To investigate the relationship between language learners' attitudes toward cultural instruction…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Correlation
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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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