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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
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Saito, Kazuya – Language Learning, 2017
This study examines the relationship between different types of language learning aptitude (measured via the LLAMA test) and adult second language (L2) learners' attainment in speech production in English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) classrooms. Picture descriptions elicited from 50 Japanese EFL learners from varied proficiency levels were analyzed…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Adults, Speech Skills, English (Second Language)
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Saito, Kazuya – Language Learning, 2013
The current study investigated the impact of recasts together with form-focused instruction (FFI) on the development of second language speech perception and production of English /?/ by Japanese learners. Forty-five learners were randomly assigned to three groups--FFI recasts, FFI only, and Control--and exposed to four hours of communicatively…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Experimental Groups, Pronunciation, Auditory Perception