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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; 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