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Du, Hang – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article is part of a longitudinal study of American college students studying Mandarin in China. Its main data are drawn from monthly speaking events (four sessions with each student) conducted in Chinese with each of 29 participants in a study-abroad program in China. The study yielded these results: (a) Students made significant progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Longitudinal Studies, College Students
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Wei, Yuehong – English Language Teaching, 2013
In China, English classroom is the main place of English language acquisition. Therefore, how to improve English classroom teaching effectively has become the scholars' concern. This paper reports a study conducted at North China Electric Power University on the functions of western cultural nonverbal behaviors in English classroom in China.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nonverbal Communication, Asians, English (Second Language)
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Zhao, Zhongbao – English Language Teaching, 2013
This paper reports the verification of the consequential validity of a Diagnostic College English Speaking Test. A case study was conducted with 28 sophomore students from a national key university in China engaged in seven sets of DCEST tests. The analysis of the DCEST scores of the students in the experiment group indicates that progress has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Diagnostic Tests, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
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Zheng, Cui – English Language Teaching, 2013
This study employed Kamimura and Oi (1996)'s classification of the organizational patterns of the argumentative essay structure: Thesis Statement (TS), Background Information (BI), Reservation (R), Hesitation (H), Rational Appeals (RA), Affective Appeals (AA) and Conclusion (C). 178 essays, 84 written by Chinese EFL learners, 84 written by Korean…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), English (Second Language)
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Ahåt, Rayhangül – English Language Teaching, 2013
Gender is considered as one of the important variables that effects learner motivation in second or foreign language acquisition. It is also believed that learner motivation has an impact on learner performance as well. Using the expectancy-value theory model of achievement motivation, this study aimed at exploring (1) the impact of gender…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Gender Differences, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Moloney, Robyn – Language and Intercultural Communication, 2013
Recent years have witnessed rapid growth in language learning within online collaborative learning projects constructed between educational institutions in different cultural and pedagogic contexts. This qualitative case study investigated the role of teacher communication in a short online project between language classes in secondary schools in…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Jin, Li – Language Learning & Technology, 2013
Previous research (e.g., Belz & Thorne, 2006; Ware & O'Dowd, 2008) has discovered that language learning can be afforded through intercultural telecollaboration. From a sociocultural theoretical perspective, the current study investigated the language development outcomes and process in a 10-week Sino-American telecollaborative project…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Learning
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Li, Daguo; Edwards, Viv – Language Teaching Research, 2013
This article assesses the impact of a UK-based professional development programme on curriculum innovation and change in English Language Education (ELE) in Western China. Based on interviews, focus group discussions and observation of a total of 48 English teachers who had participated in an overseas professional development programme influenced…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Chen, Qiuxian; Kettle, Margaret; Klenowski, Val; May, Lyn – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2013
Formative assessment is increasingly being implemented through policy initiatives in Chinese educational contexts. As an approach to assessment, formative assessment derives many of its key principles from Western contexts, notably through the work of scholars in the UK, the USA and Australia. The question for this paper is the ways that formative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Bai, Li; Millwater, Jan; Hudson, Peter – Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 2013
Workplace influences on Chinese Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) academics' development as researchers were examined in two Chinese higher education institutions in this qualitative collective case study. Data sources included research documentation and interviews with 12 Chinese TEFL academics. Both institutions were keen on research…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Lin, Zheng – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
This paper is based on a qualitative inquiry that investigated the role of teachers' mediation in three different modes of coding in a kindergarten foreign language classroom in China (i.e. L2-coded intralinguistic mediation, L1-coded cross-lingual mediation, and L2-and-L1-mixed mediation). Through an exploratory examination of the varying effects…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Kindergarten, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Cai, Yuzhuo – Journal of Research in International Education, 2012
It has been recognized that to increase the competitiveness of Finnish higher education institutions in the global education market international graduates' employability must be enhanced. International graduates from Finnish higher education institutions are rarely employed in Finland for a number of reasons, such as the language barrier and a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Global Education, Labor Market, Graduates
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Peng, Jian-E. – System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 2012
This article reports on a multiple-case study designed to investigate factors influencing willingness to communicate (WTC) in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom in China. Four university students participated in this study; data were collected through semi-structured interviews, learning journals recorded by the students, and…
Descriptors: Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, English (Second Language)
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Hu, Guangwei; Lei, Jun – Language Learning, 2012
This article reports on a mixed-methods study of Chinese university students' knowledge of and attitudes toward plagiarism in English academic writing. A sample of 270 undergraduates from two Chinese universities rated three short English passages under different conditions, provided open-ended responses to justify their ratings, and completed a…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Measures (Individuals), English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Xu, Yun; Wu, Zunmin – Assessing Writing, 2012
This paper reports on a qualitative research study into the test-taking strategies employed in completing two picture prompt writing tasks--Situational Writing and Interpretational Writing in the Beijing Matriculation English Test. Think-aloud and retrospective interview protocols were collected from twelve Chinese students representing two key…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Test Wiseness
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