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Gilbert, Joan – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Preparing college students to be contributing members of local and global societies requires educators to analyze the capabilities and needs of their students and to adjust instructional content and practice. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was twofold: (a) to explore how classroom approaches designed to facilitate students' questioning of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Undergraduate Students
Oda Nuske, Tomoko – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Study abroad is an under-researched domain of language learning. Moreover, most investigations of this phenomenon adopt traditional structuralist approaches, wherein outcomes of study abroad are assessed solely in terms of proficiency gains as measured through conventional exams. The present study builds upon an emerging body of poststructuralist…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Students, Self Concept, English (Second Language)
Forsythe, Edward M., III – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Japanese university English instructors are increasingly requiring students to use their personal smartphones for activities in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom activities. Because of this, it has been recommended that studies be conducted to ascertain Japanese university students' perceptions of using smartphones in EFL language…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, College Students, Handheld Devices
Young, John A., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
This mixed-methods study examined the beliefs and performance of 10 adult Japanese speakers of English regarding the phenomenon of contraction in spoken English. Over the course of three months, a collective case study approach involving listening tasks and semi-structured interviews was employed to investigate the topic from multiple dimensions,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes
Leeming, Ian Paul – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Small groups are integral for many activities in the foreign language classroom and their pedagogical importance is well established. Despite the widespread use of groups in foreign language education, there is a dearth of research investigating group processes and the impact of emergent leaders within these groups. This mixed-methods,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Teaching Methods
Takahashi, Chika – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined the relationship between learners' motivation to learn a second language (L2) and persistence in their learning using self-instructional radio (SIR) materials with a sample of Japanese high school students learning English. L2 self-instruction remains under-researched, in spite of the importance of out-of-class learning…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Asians, High School Students
Martin, Ron Reuel – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study was an investigation of student beliefs about their EFL education, and it was based upon the subjective task value component of the expectancy-value theory, a prominent theory of achievement motivation. The participants were three cohorts of Japanese public elementary school students (Cohort 1 from 2008; Cohort 2 from 2009; and Cohort 3…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Elementary School Students
Hull, Michael Malvern – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In the 1980's and 1990's, results from flurries of standardized exams (particularly in 4th and 8th grade mathematics and science) reached the attention of ever-growing numbers of Americans with an alarming message: our children are not even close to keeping up with those in China, Japan, and Korea. As a step towards improving American classrooms,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Cultural Context
Burrows, Lance – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study is a quasi-experimental, longitudinal investigation into the role that extensive reading and reading strategies play in the cultivation of reading self-efficacy. Conducted over the course of one academic year, how changes in reading self-efficacy translate into changes in reading comprehension was examined. In addition, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Reading, Reading Strategies
Monoi-Yamaga, Naoko – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study was an investigation of public elementary school students' affective changes through English Activities of international understanding lessons at Japanese public elementary school. The learners' expected affective changes were regarded as "International Posture", "Self-esteem", "Collective Self-esteem", and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Affective Behavior, Attitude Change, International Education
Kuwahara, Natsuko – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The present study employed a mixed methods approach to explore well-being, quality of life and experiences among Japanese sojourner graduate students studying in the U.S. utilizing 155 survey responses and 39 in-depth individual interviews. Key measures used include: the K6 screen for risk of serious mental illness (K6) (Kessler et al., 2002), the…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Mental Disorders, Health Conditions, Acculturation
Fortney, Brian Scott – ProQuest LLC, 2009
This study investigates how preservice teachers make sense of student-centered instruction with existing traditional beliefs about teaching. Teacher educators assume that university instruction translates directly into practice, yet, research is clear that beginning teachers revert to traditional teaching practice. For elementary teachers, one…
Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Preservice Teacher Education
Koga, Nari – ProQuest LLC, 2009
This study was conducted to understand student identities of five Japanese children (the second through sixth grade) and the processes of identity negotiation within their sojourning experiences between Japan and the United States. An increasing number of Japanese elementary students internationally sojourn in today's globalized societies, and…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Language Minorities, Foreign Countries, Self Concept