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Uchihara, Takumi; Saito, Kazuya – Language Learning Journal, 2019
The current study investigated the extent to which L2 learners' productive vocabulary knowledge could predict multiple dimensions of spontaneous speech production. A total of 39 English as a foreign language (EFL) participants with varying L2 proficiency levels first completed a productive vocabulary knowledge task (Lex30). Their spontaneous…
Descriptors: Nouns, Phrase Structure, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Saito, Kazuya – Second Language Research, 2019
The current study longitudinally examined a crucial individual difference variable -- i.e. awareness (operationalized as explicit attention and articulatory knowledge) -- in adult second language (L2) speech learning in the context of 40 Japanese learners' English /[alveolar approximant]/ pronunciation development in an EFL classroom. The…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Saito, Kazuya; Suzukida, Yui; Sun, Hui – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2019
The current study longitudinally examined the influence of aptitude on second language (L2) pronunciation development when 40 first-year Japanese university students engaged in practice activities inside and outside English-as-a-Foreign-Language classrooms over one academic year. Spontaneous speech samples were elicited at the beginning, middle,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pronunciation, Pronunciation Instruction
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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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Saito, Kazuya; Akiyama, Yuka – Language Learning, 2017
This study examined the impact of video-based conversational interaction on the longitudinal development (one academic semester) of second language production by college-level Japanese English-as-a-foreign-language learners. Students in the experimental group engaged in weekly dyadic conversation exchanges with native speakers in the United States…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Second Language Learning, Native Speakers, Persuasive Discourse