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Harting, Axel – The EUROCALL Review, 2017
This study explores ways of using Facebook as a tool to improve the pragmatic competence of students of German as a foreign language in Japan. Nine students of a textbook-based German class (CFER level A2) voluntarily participated in this blended learning approach, in which they were assigned weekly online tasks aimed at eliciting speech acts…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Media
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Dan, Nguyen Linh; Mino, Takashi – Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 2016
Since 2000, and especially during the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD 2005-2014), many universities have begun offering educational programmes on sustainability. Over this span, the level and type of diversity among students have only increased. This begs the question: How does university student diversity…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Sustainability, Student Surveys, College Students
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Terhune, N. M. – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2016
This paper reports on students' use of face-to-face synchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) for oral language learning. It describes a university English language class designed to prepare students for overseas study in which a Skype-based English conversation school was piloted. The study offers analysis of how students used the CMC…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Oral Language
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Kennedy, Eileen; Gray, Morag – Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 2016
Online students use highly emotional language to describe their experiences, indicating that learners do feel a great deal online. This paper draws on Wetherell's exploration of affective practice to theorise learners' responses to the pedagogical and technological online environment. Findings of a research project that focused on two cohorts of…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Gromik, Nicolas A. – Journal of Education and Learning, 2015
The integration of smartphones in the language learning environment is gaining research interest. However, using a smartphone to learn to speak spontaneously has received little attention. The emergence of smartphone technology and its video recording feature are recognised as suitable learning tools. This paper reports on a case study conducted…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Video Technology, English (Second Language)
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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