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Sasaki, Lindsey – Research in Comparative and International Education, 2012
International migration between Japan and Brazil dates back to 1908, when the first group of Japanese migrated to Brazil. However, in the 1980s, a reverse flow occurred, as thousands of Brazilians of Japanese descent traveled to Japan to work in manufacturing and construction factories ("dekasegi" workers). Japanese Brazilians up until…
Descriptors: Overseas Employment, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Student Mobility
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Peterson, Mark – ReCALL, 2012
This paper reports on the task-based interaction of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners in the 3D multiuser virtual environment (MUVE) Second Life. The discussion first explores research on the precursors of MUVEs, text-based 2D virtual worlds known as MOOs. This is followed by an examination of studies on the use of MUVEs in Computer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment, Role Playing
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Kondo, Mutsumi; Ishikawa, Yasushige; Smith, Craig; Sakamoto, Kishio; Shimomura, Hidenori; Wada, Norihisa – ReCALL, 2012
This paper reports a project in which researchers at universities in Japan explored the use of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) practices by developing a learning module intended to help improve students' scores on the TOEIC Listening and Reading Tests. MALL practices are currently being developed at universities in Japan because almost…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Teaching Methods, Informal Education
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Mack, Lindsay – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This article explores the design and implementation of critical action research undertaken to encourage equal classroom participation. Building on a body of literature on critical action research and oral participation, the author reports her research project undertaken in a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic class in Japan to examine practices of how…
Descriptors: Intervention, Student Attitudes, Action Research, Student Participation
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Sampson, Richard – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This article presents an overview of action research conducted in an EFL university context, regarding primarily the relationship between individual possible self-images, socially constructed possible self-images, and language-learning motivation. The study used three cycles of action research over the course of one 15-week university semester,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Learning Motivation, Second Language Learning, College Students
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Nikoi, Samuel; Armellini, Alejandro – Distance Education, 2012
Success in open educational resources (OER) has been reported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA and the Open University in the UK, among others. It is unclear, however, how valuable OER are in learning and teaching. Approaches to OER policy and sustainability are just two other key aspects that remain unresolved across the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Open Universities, Educational Resources
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Lee, Sun-Min – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2012
This study aims to introduce the distance learning class model for a foreign language in university-level education context, and to prove that this class model is effective in cultivating the motivation and interest of university students for learning a foreign language. This distance learning lesson consists of two parts: Online chatting session,…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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
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Long, Robert W., III. – English Language Teaching, 2012
Detailed research concerning the issue fluency, specifically relating to pauses, mean length runs, and fluency rates in Japanese EFL learners, is limited. Furthermore, the issue of tracking fluency gains has often been ignored, misunderstood or minimized in EFL educational research. The present study, which is based on six monologues conducted…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Language Fluency, Accuracy, English (Second Language)
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Carpenter, Walter – Journal of International Education and Leadership, 2012
This paper reviews some of the reasons why a majority of Japanese university students are not interested in study-abroad, international-education type programs. A general consensus in Japan is that disinterest in studying abroad is reflective of the values held by many Japanese young people, often referred to as the "grass-eating"…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Study Abroad, Student Characteristics
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Loucky, John Paul – International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 2012
Task-based language learning using the benefits of online computer-assisted language learning (CALL) can be effective for rapid vocabulary expansion, especially when target vocabulary has been pre-arranged into bilingual categories under simpler, common Semantic Field Keywords. Results and satisfaction levels for both Chinese English majors and…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Vocabulary Development, College Students, Collaborative Writing
Miyaji, Isao – Online Submission, 2011
In cases where e-learning is used mainly outside the class, a lecture is given by lecture slide and a small test is given at the end of the class. Students fill out a problem in a structured notebook by viewing lecture slide materials in the e-learning after a lecture. In cases where e-learning is used during school hours, the outline of class on…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Reading Improvement, Foreign Countries
Hirose, Hideo – Online Submission, 2011
Teachers often raise a question that whether the lecture questionnaires are necessary or not. In this paper, we first show the recent statistical analysis for the official unsigned questionnaire evaluation results took in our faculty. We have found that: (1) the evaluation scores of lectures by students have been rising up year by year, which…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Course Evaluation
Paik, Chie Matsuzawa; Anzai, Shinobu; Zimmerman, Erica – Online Submission, 2011
With study abroad becoming an integral part of the American higher-education curriculum, home-institution instructors face the challenge of understanding the type and content of learning taking place abroad. We report on a study conducted at a service academy on the U.S. East Coast to examine American college students' cultural learning in the…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), College Students, Asian Culture, Cultural Awareness
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Rivers, Damian J. – World Englishes, 2011
This study assessed the attitudinal responses of 48 Japanese university students towards 10 accented English speech samples across nine evaluative criteria. Of the 10 samples, one was a Japanese-English speech sample (the intracultural familiar), seven were non-native-English samples originating from a variety of Asian countries (intercultural…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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