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Mihara, Kei – International Journal of Higher Education, 2018
Falling asleep in class is a common phenomenon among students in Japanese universities. There are several possible reasons for this: tiredness from daily routine such as commuting, difficulty concentrating in 90-minute classes, or simply a lack of motivation to study. In the English as a foreign language (EFL) classes, university students are…
Descriptors: Sleep, Student Motivation, Focus Groups, College Students
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Kikuchi, Keita – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2017
Twenty Japanese university freshmen majoring in International Studies (N = 4) and Nursing (N = 16) participated in a 10-month project examining changes in their motivation. Using monthly focus group interviews and a 35-item questionnaire, the dynamic systems of various types of learners of English over two semesters were explored. Trajectories of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), College Freshmen, Journal Writing, Qualitative Research
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Hiratsuka, Hiroyoshi; Suzuki, Hanako; Pusina, Alexis – Journal of International Students, 2016
One of the current challenges in the field of intercultural education comes from the limited availability of training efficacy studies. The present study focused on explaining the effectiveness of the Contrast Culture Method (CCM) as an intercultural education method for managing interpersonal interactions across cultures between graduate…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Intercultural Communication, Multicultural Education, Graduate Students
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Jacobson, Erik – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
This qualitative study examines critical pedagogy in Japanese adult basic education. The research focuses on what teachers and others think the current conditions are for education that deals with social justice. As part of this, the research looks at how critical pedagogy is conceptualized in this context. Participants in the study (literacy…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Politics of Education, Qualitative Research, Critical Theory
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Fryer, Luke K.; Ozono, Shuichi; Carter, Peter; Nakao, Kaori; Anderson, Charles J. – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2014
In numerous Asian-Pacific tertiary contexts--students' chosen department not-with-standing-- second-language study is a requirement for both entry level and graduation. A practice by which Second Language motivation research could benefit from First Language procedures is to acknowledge instrumentality in such nonelective classes. Instrumental…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Required Courses, Second Language Instruction, College Freshmen
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Lockley, Thomas – Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2013
Speaking self-perceived communication competence (SPCC) is a construct with many potential implications for foreign language learning, but one that has been little studied. SPCC itself is a major predictive factor in willingness to communicate, a construct which has been widely conceptualised and researched. This study (N = 103) used a repeated…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Second Language Learning, Accuracy, Language Proficiency
Leichsenring, Andrew – Online Submission, 2010
This small-scale qualitative study aimed at identifying factors and the extent of their influence upon the learning experiences of first year Japanese undergraduate students in a group work oriented oral presentation using English as their second language (ESL). Research findings were obtained from students through their participation in written…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Learning Experience, Undergraduate Students