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Nuttall, Lee – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This report discusses why Japan continues to struggle with and appears on the surface to be reluctant to embrace the English language as a medium to conduct business and indeed tourism as opposed to their South East Asian neighbours. The topics covered were the historical context of Japan's isolationist policy, Japan's educational system, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Joyce, Paul – PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, 2019
Listening has been widely characterised as a multifaceted process encompassing a range of linguistic and psycholinguistic components (see Rubin, 1994). However, for learners at different levels of L2 proficiency, there is uncertainty over the relative importance of the various sub-skills. To address this issue, a number of linguistic and…
Descriptors: Correlation, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Tests
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Golubovich, Juliya; Tolentino, Florencia; Papageorgiou, Spiros – ETS Research Report Series, 2018
In this study, 249 users of the "TOEFL ITP"® assessment series (e.g., admissions officers, English-language teachers, academic staff) in Japan, Mexico, and Indonesia were surveyed about their uses and opinions of TOEFL ITP scores, followed by in-depth interviews with 21 of these users. Overall, the most common use of the test was as an…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Teachers
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Yashima, Tomoko; MacIntyre, Peter D.; Ikeda, Maiko – Language Teaching Research, 2018
Recently, situated willingness to communicate (WTC) has received increasing research attention in addition to traditional quantitative studies of trait-like WTC. This article is an addition to the former but unique in two ways. First, it investigates both trait and state WTC in a classroom context and explores ways to combine the two to reach a…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Long, Robert W., III. – English Language Teaching, 2018
For many sociolinguists, the issue of shyness and hesitation phenomenon has been problematic for Japanese L1 and L2 speakers, particularly in gendered interactions. Over the past decade, more Japanese are shunning conversations, relationships, and isolating themselves, which is accelerating the demographic crisis in Japan. Thus, this paper focuses…
Descriptors: Japanese, Syntax, Shyness, Interpersonal Communication
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Kitajima, Ryu – Applied Language Learning, 2018
The field of L2 pragmatics demonstrates the effect of instructional intervention on the development of L2 learners' pragmatic competence. Nevertheless, effective instruction requires knowledge of pragmatic performances of L2 learners in naturally occurring conversations, in comparison to those of the target community speakers. This study, using a…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Classroom Communication, Pragmatics
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Mikami, Hitoshi; Leung, Chi Yui; Yoshikawa, Lisa – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
The following question has yet to be answered by researchers: when does anxiety have a systematic downward bias on foreign language (FL) reading test scores? The results of the correlation and regression analyses conducted in this study indicate that, at least in the case of university-level English learners in Japan, anxiety-induced bias occurs…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Test Anxiety
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Ashwell, Tim; Elam, Jesse R. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
The ultimate aim of our research project was to use the Google Web Speech API to automate scoring of elicited imitation (EI) tests. However, in order to achieve this goal, we had to take a number of preparatory steps. We needed to assess how accurate this speech recognition tool is in recognizing native speakers' production of the test items; we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Ruegg, Rachael – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2016
This exploratory study investigated the effect of assessing both process and product compared to assessing written products alone. Two groups of students received teacher feedback over a one-year period. One group was assessed on their revisions in addition to the quality of final drafts, while a second group was assessed on the quality of final…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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Shintani, Natsuko – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2016
This case study investigated the characteristics of computer-mediated synchronous corrective feedback (SCF, provided while students wrote) and asynchronous corrective feedback (ACF, provided after students had finished writing) in an EFL writing task. The task, designed to elicit the use of the hypothetical conditional, was completed by two…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication, Asynchronous Communication
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Iino, Atsushi; Yabuta, Yukiko; Nakamura, Yoichi – Research-publishing.net, 2016
The purpose of this study is to find the effects of using Videoconferencing (VC) as a tool for foreign language instructions in a semester long research study. The research questions focus on the effects of VC (1) on speaking skills, and (2) on general proficiency scores. English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners in a university in Japan were…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Second Language Instruction
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Dizon, Gilbert – TESL-EJ, 2016
The Internet has made it possible for teachers to administer online assessments with affordability and ease. However, little is known about Japanese English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students' attitudes of internet-based tests (IBTs). Therefore, this study aimed to measure the perceptions of IBTs among Japanese English language learners with the…
Descriptors: Internet, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Technology Uses in Education
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Tanabe, Masayuki – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
The present study addressed the role of speed as a factor in tests of second language (L2) vocabulary knowledge, presupposing that speed of performance is important in actual language use. Research questions were: (a) Do learners with a larger vocabulary size answer faster on an L2 vocabulary breadth test than smaller vocabulary sized learners?;…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Alternative Assessment
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Heffernan, Neil; Otoshi, Junko – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This paper reports on a classroom-based inquiry using quantitative methods conducted with Japanese EFL students' writing practice using ETS's Criterion. The purpose of the study is to examine the actual effects of teachers' feedback on students' writing on Criterion. Twelve university students in Japan participated in this study, while completing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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Ockey, Gary J.; Koyama, Dennis; Setoguchi, Eric; Sun, Angela – Language Testing, 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which performance on the TOEFL iBT speaking section is associated with other indicators of Japanese university students' abilities to communicate orally in an academic English environment and to determine which components of oral ability for these tasks are best assessed by TOEFL iBT. To…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Correlation
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