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Toro, Vanessa; Camacho-Minuche, Gina; Pinza-Tapia, Eliana; Paredes, Fabian – English Language Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study is to determine the use of the Communicative Language Teaching approach in the English classroom and the strategies and resources used by the teachers to improve students' oral skills. The participants were 6 English teachers and 105 students enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades at a public elementary school in the…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Chang, Mei-Mei; Lin, Mei-Chen – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2019
This quasi-experimental study investigated whether a strategy-oriented media-based reading program could improve English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students' reading comprehension. Eighty-five students who were registered for English Reading at a university were recruited through convenience sampling to take part in the study. In this study, a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Educational Technology
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Kassem, Hassan M. – English Language Teaching, 2019
This study explored the relative effect of student- and teacher-centered instruction on EFL freshmen's affect (anxiety, motivation, attitude, autonomy, self-efficacy and beliefs about English and its learning) and achievement. Two classes of English department freshmen at Shaqra University, KSA participated in the study. Students in the two…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Rodriguez-Mojica, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This qualitative study examined how specific instructional supports intended to scaffold emergent bilinguals' oral production of explanations facilitated or constrained students' attempts to explain. Findings demonstrate that explanations were very rarely produced, and when they were produced, the explanations were not particularly informative.…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Oral Language, Teaching Methods, Language Usage
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Brezina, Vaclav; Pallotti, Gabriele – Second Language Research, 2019
Morphological complexity (MC) is a relatively new construct in second language acquisition (SLA). After critically discussing existing approaches to calculating MC in first- and second-language acquisition research, this article presents a new operationalization of the construct, the Morphological Complexity Index (MCI). The MCI is applied in two…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Morphology (Languages), Teaching Methods
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Ehret, Katharina; Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt – Second Language Research, 2019
We present a proof-of-concept study that sketches the use of compression algorithms to assess Kolmogorov complexity, which is a text-based, quantitative, holistic, and global measure of structural surface redundancy. Kolmogorov complexity has been used to explore cross-linguistic complexity variation in linguistic typology research, but we are the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Difficulty Level, Contrastive Linguistics, Language Research
da Costa Cabral, Ildegrada – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2019
This paper contributes to the building of a sociolinguistics of the south by considering the nature and significance of contemporary language-in-education policy processes in Timor-Leste, and by tracing the ways in which these processes have been shaped by its specific colonial and post-colonial history. In presenting this account, I draw on…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Language of Instruction, Educational Policy, Educational History
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Mahdavi, Neda; Miri, Mowla – International Journal of Listening, 2019
This study examined the effect of metacognitive process-based and product-based instruction on enhancing listening comprehension and metacognitive awareness. Two classes of high-beginner English as a foreign language learners were randomly assigned to two groups: product-based (n = 30) process-based (n = 30). Both before and after eight…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Metacognition, Listening Comprehension, English (Second Language)
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Roussel, Stéphanie; Gruson, Brigitte; Galan, Jean-Philippe – International Journal of Listening, 2019
This study investigates the impact of a high-level and a low-level process-based L2 comprehension training on L1 French students' listening performances. These students (N = 108) of English, Spanish, and German came from five different classes. After a L2 comprehension pretest, the participants were divided into two experimental groups. During the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Listening Comprehension
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Martin-Beltrán, Melinda; Montoya-Ávila, Angélica; García, Andrés A.; Peercy, Megan Madigan; Silverman, Rebecca – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
This study examined how cross-age peers (ages 5-6 and 9-10) used and responded to Spanish (L1) as they read and talked about informational texts together written in English (L2). Grounded in sociocultural discourse analysis, we analyzed video recordings and transcripts from 10 sessions of peer reading in two elementary schools. We coded student…
Descriptors: Cross Age Teaching, Spanish Speaking, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods
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Caldas, Blanca; Palmer, Deborah; Schwedhelm, María – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
This case study examines the pedagogical measures taken for Spanish development for a group of bilingual preservice teachers in a university-based teacher education program in Texas. Classroom language policies were developed collaboratively and deliberately throughout the semester, which included discussion and negotiation between instructor and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Bilingual Teachers, Code Switching (Language), Spanish
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Pavón Vázquez, Víctor; Ramos Ordóñez, María del Carmen – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
The presence of the L1 in classes where English is taught as a Foreign Language (EFL) has always provoked debate. As a result, the role of the L1 remains a matter of discussion in the bilingual education classroom. Moreover, the presence of both the L1 and a foreign language can be controversial in programmes where both the L1 and the foreign…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods
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Lin, Angel M. Y. – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
Translanguaging theories emphasize a fluid, dynamic view of language and differ from code-switching/mixing theories by de-centring the analytic focus from the language(s) being used in the interaction to the speakers who are making meaning and constructing original and complex discursive practices. Trans-semiotizing theories further broaden the…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Semiotics, Teaching Methods, Course Content
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Pun, Jack; Macaro, Ernesto – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
The role of the first language (L1) in second language (L2) learning has been widely discussed and researched in the second Language Acquisition (SLA) literature. Benefits of L1 use have been found for vocabulary acquisition, and in facilitating comprehension thereby alleviating student anxiety. Many teachers appear to consider L1 use as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Vocabulary
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Lo, Yuen Yi; Lin, Angel M. Y. – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
Content-based education programmes, in which a second/foreign language (L2) is used as the medium of instruction when teaching non-language content subjects, aim at both content and L2 learning. With such dual goal in mind, and with the rapid expansion of the programmes to contexts where students might have only basic L2 proficiency, there have…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language of Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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