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Mihara, Kei – International Journal of Higher Education, 2018
Falling asleep in class is a common phenomenon among students in Japanese universities. There are several possible reasons for this: tiredness from daily routine such as commuting, difficulty concentrating in 90-minute classes, or simply a lack of motivation to study. In the English as a foreign language (EFL) classes, university students are…
Descriptors: Sleep, Student Motivation, Focus Groups, College Students
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Kikuchi, Keita – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2017
Twenty Japanese university freshmen majoring in International Studies (N = 4) and Nursing (N = 16) participated in a 10-month project examining changes in their motivation. Using monthly focus group interviews and a 35-item questionnaire, the dynamic systems of various types of learners of English over two semesters were explored. Trajectories of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), College Freshmen, Journal Writing, Qualitative Research
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Fryer, Luke K.; Ozono, Shuichi; Carter, Peter; Nakao, Kaori; Anderson, Charles J. – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2014
In numerous Asian-Pacific tertiary contexts--students' chosen department not-with-standing-- second-language study is a requirement for both entry level and graduation. A practice by which Second Language motivation research could benefit from First Language procedures is to acknowledge instrumentality in such nonelective classes. Instrumental…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Required Courses, Second Language Instruction, College Freshmen
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Lockley, Thomas – Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2013
Speaking self-perceived communication competence (SPCC) is a construct with many potential implications for foreign language learning, but one that has been little studied. SPCC itself is a major predictive factor in willingness to communicate, a construct which has been widely conceptualised and researched. This study (N = 103) used a repeated…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Second Language Learning, Accuracy, Language Proficiency
Khoo, Keiko Inada – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Immediacy is the closeness expressed by communicators which maybe observed in teachers as they try to engage students. Teacher immediacy may take nonverbal and verbal forms. U.S. studies have concluded that immediacy has positive effects on U.S. college students' learning. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of American faculty's…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Distance Education, Focus Groups, Undergraduate Students