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Ueno, Junko – TESL-EJ, 2019
There is a common belief that one could quickly improve their second language proficiency once they reside in the country where the target language is spoken, because they have opportunities to use it constantly in an immersion environment. However, scholars have argued that it may be up to the individual student whether she could effectively…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Fukuda, Steve T.; Sakata, Hiroshi; Pope, Christopher J. – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2019
Universities in the EFL context aim to foster graduates who can use English in the workplace. Regardless, university students' insufficient amount of out-of-class study time is a major issue. This problem may stem from learners' lack of learning skills, low levels of learning motivation, and high levels of academic procrastination. Self-coaching…
Descriptors: Universities, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kelsen, Brent; Flowers, Simeon – International Journal on E-Learning, 2018
Personality traits are believed to affect both learner ability and group dynamics and cohesion. Another central element influencing how individuals perform in group settings stems from their motivation to collaborate. This article explores the relationship between personality traits, motivation for collaboration and participation of university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personality Traits, Student Motivation, Cooperative Learning
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York, James; deHaan, Jonathan William – International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 2018
This article provides information on an action research project in a low-level EFL setting in Japan. The project aims were to (1) foster spoken communication skills and (2) help students engage with their own learning. The project investigated the applicability of board games as a mediating tool for authentic communication as part of a wider TBLT…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Constructivism (Learning)
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Isozaki, Anna Husson – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
Fluency in L2 reading often seems a distant goal, and pleasure in the experience of L2 reading even more unattainable. This study investigated comparative EFL reading projects for university-age learners, using graded literature at one university and an authentic memoir at a second. The study explored whether integrating listening to audiobooks…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Reading Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chang, Bok-Myung – International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 2018
This article is based on a Cross-Cultural Distance Learning (CCDL) model between university students in Korea and Japan during the 1st semester of 2016 and this lesson model consists of synchronous and asynchronous CMC activities focusing on the interactions between non-native speakers of English. This article shows that EFL learners in Korea can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, College Students, Educational Technology
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Ozawa, Shinya – TESL-EJ, 2018
This survey was conducted to investigate how university students gain or lose confidence in English communicative domains over four years at university. Self-assessment has been a useful instrument for measuring learners' English proficiency, and the students in this study were required to self-assess their confidence levels in TOEIC Can-Do list…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Self Esteem, English (Second Language)
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Fukuda, Akiko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between learners' self-regulated language learning and proficiency and to examine the differences in characteristics of self-regulated learning (SRL) between low- and high-proficiency learners. SRL is a learning process throughout setting goals, monitoring tasks, and reflecting on…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Metacognition
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Yonesaka, Suzanne M. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
Receiving adequate pronunciation feedback is an ongoing challenge for L2 learners. Although instructors are the most important source of corrective pronunciation feedback (Szpyra, 2014; Timson, 2007), L2 learners can also benefit from peer pronunciation feedback (Lord, 2008; Kim & Yoon, 2014; Roccamo, 2015). This paper examines Japanese…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Peer Influence, Second Language Learning, College Students
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Takahashi, Reiko – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
Over the decades, efforts have been made to incorporate diverse perspectives on World Englishes into English Language Teaching (ELT) practice and teaching materials. To date, the majority of ELT learners and teachers have not yet been exposed to materials which use and explore non-standard forms of English. This paper examines the attitudes of…
Descriptors: Japanese, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mitsugi, Makoto – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of two instruction methods for teaching polysemous English prepositions ("at, in, on") and to explore learners' perception on learning tools used in the instruction when learning polysemous words. The first study investigated the effectiveness of schema-based instruction…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Majors (Students), Second Language Learning
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Fukuta, Junya – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study explored the longitudinal changes of Japanese EFL learners' psychological attributes of unwillingness to speak English in a task-based classroom. Thirty-three university students participated in this study. They engaged in a communicative task once a week for two semesters. They completed a questionnaire examining the psychological…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Dizon, Gilbert; Tang, Daniel – The EUROCALL Review, 2017
Several researchers have compared the efficacy of digital flashcards (DFs) versus paper flashcards (PFs) to improve L2 vocabulary and have concluded that using DFs is more effective (Azabdaftari & Mozaheb, 2012; Basoglu & Akdemir, 2010; Kili├žkaya & Krajka, 2010). However, these studies did not utilize vocabulary learning strategies…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Visual Aids
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Jacobs, George M.; Kimura, Harumi; Greliche, Nicolas – TESL-EJ, 2016
Incivilities are words and actions that may be perceived as impolite. This article reports a study of perceptions of and experiences with incivilities during group activities in English class. Participants were 119 students at a women's university in Japan. They completed the Pair/Groupwork Incivility Scale, a Japanese-language instrument, which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Females, Womens Education
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Enokida, Kazumichi – Research-publishing.net, 2016
Extensive reading and digital storytelling can utilise "the power of stories" effectively to enhance learners' receptive and productive skills. For the past five years, the author has been working on a classroom project combining these two activities, as a way of integrating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into his…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, English (Second Language)
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