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Yomo, Minoru; Uni, Kazuhito; Moore, Danièle; Kiyose, Takashi – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2014
Recently, the use of children's picture books to teach English has been increasing in Japan. An advantage of these books is the high proportion of basic vocabulary they include. Can picture books also be useful for teaching Japanese students Italian and increasing their motivation? The present study analyses the effectiveness of employing a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Picture Books, Childrens Literature
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Bates, Alan; Lucey, Thomas; Inose, Taki; Yamane, Eiji; Green, Vicki – Journal of International Social Studies, 2014
This paper interprets comments associated with an open-response item on an online survey of college students in the United States, Japan, and Canada. The item inquired about their interpretations of financial morality. The paper describes student understandings of appropriate behaviors in relationship to financial practice. The authors claim that…
Descriptors: College Students, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Ghazarian, Peter G. – International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 2014
Globalization has driven growth in the market for cross-border students. Mainland China, with a burgeoning economy and the largest national population, has become an important source of cross-border students. This study identifies ideal attraction in mainland China to destinations for cross-border tertiary education, as expressed by ideal first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Students, Global Approach
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Yamada, Reiko – International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 2014
Ensuring gains in the learning outcomes of college students has become a major concern for Japanese higher education institutions. In recent decades, national and public as well as private universities have been forced to embed learning outcomes into their curriculum. A number of studies have shown that the learning outcomes of students are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, College Students, Comparative Analysis
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Kamimura, Taeko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2014
Effective use of outside source texts is one of the key components of successful academic writing. This study aims at clarifying Japanese university EFL students' citation behaviors in producing argumentative writing. Twenty-six Japanese university EFL students wrote an argumentative essay. Their essays were analyzed quantitatively by six…
Descriptors: Citations (References), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Japanese
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Jafari, Sakineh; Ketabi, Saeed – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2014
With the shift in language teaching towards a more learner-centered approach, there is now an emphasis on considering learners' views on what goes on in the classroom. Involving learners in selecting and evaluating classroom activities as well as listening to their voices and preferences can be helpful for teachers in planning lesson and designing…
Descriptors: College Students, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, English (Second Language)
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York, James; Stiller, Scott – JALT CALL Journal, 2013
The social-media news website "Reddit" boasts a huge readership with over 35 million unique visitors for December 2011 alone. Content is generated by users, who submit links from other websites to the various sub-forums. Users also have the ability to comment on links, providing the means for a community to be developed. Both content and…
Descriptors: Cartoons, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Nielsen, Brian – JALT CALL Journal, 2013
This study explores asynchronous online discussions as a learning strategy for Japanese EFL students from various perspectives. A text analysis of learner posts and replies was performed to determine the quantity, quality, and accuracy of the written language produced. Student participation rates during all four online exchanges were measured to…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
Cooke, Simon D. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This pilot study explores language development among a class of L2 students who were required to transcribe and reflect upon spoken performances. The class was given tasks for self and peer-evaluation and afforded the opportunity to assume more responsibility for assessing language development of both themselves and their peers. Several studies…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reflection, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes
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Wolf, James P. – Language Teaching Research, 2013
In an attempt to explore the significance of a "willingness to communicate" (WTC) variable in second language (L2) acquisition, this article reports on a survey study that investigated 101 Japanese university English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners' perceptions of textbook-assigned and self-selected discussion topics. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), English (Second Language), Textbooks, Likert Scales
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Stillar, Scott – TESOL Journal, 2013
This study discusses a method to promote raising critical consciousness in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom via creative writing activities by having students write journals and/or personal letters from the perspective of individuals from outside groups that have been marginalized or vilified in the students' dominant culture.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Consciousness Raising, Creative Writing, Writing Assignments
Imai, Yoshiro; Imai, Masatoshi; Moritoh, Yoshio – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2013
This paper presents trial evaluation of a visual computer simulator in 2009-2011, which has been developed to play some roles of both instruction facility and learning tool simultaneously. And it illustrates an example of Computer Architecture education for University students and usage of e-Learning tool for Assembly Programming in order to…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Programming
Ishikawa, Yasushige; Smith, Craig; Kondo, Mutsumi; Akano, Ichiro; Maher, Kate; Wada, Norihisa – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2013
This paper reports on the use of an English-language reading practice application for an android tablet computer operating system with students who are not native speakers of English. The application materials for vocabulary learning in reading-passage contexts were created to include words from a database of low-frequency and technical noun-verb…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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
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Mizumoto, Atsushi – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2013
Researchers, especially in the field of educational psychology, have argued that self-efficacy plays an important role in self-regulated learning. As such, teaching of self-regulated learning often focuses on enhancing self-efficacy. However, few studies have examined how the process of self-regulated learning might lead to the enhancement of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Self Efficacy
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