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Fukuta, Junya – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study explored the longitudinal changes of Japanese EFL learners' psychological attributes of unwillingness to speak English in a task-based classroom. Thirty-three university students participated in this study. They engaged in a communicative task once a week for two semesters. They completed a questionnaire examining the psychological…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Dougherty, Ellen; Coelho, Daniela – TESL-EJ, 2017
Since the beginning of the century, research studies in the field have mainly focused either on how ePortfolios foster student self-efficacy or on instructor or student perceptions of the value of electronic portfolios (Wakimoto & Lewis, 2014); however, most of these studies have been carried out in North America and Australia. A few studies…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Electronic Publishing
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Wilkinson, Darrell – TESL-EJ, 2017
Vocabulary knowledge plays an important role in second language proficiency, and learners need to acquire thousands of words in order to become proficient in the target language. As numerous studies have shown that incidental vocabulary acquisition is not sufficient on its own, it is clear that learners must devote considerable time and effort to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Visual Aids, Instructional Materials
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Featro, Susan Mary; DiGregorio, Daniela – TESL-EJ, 2016
Theories on emerging technologies have stated that using blogs in the classroom can engage students in discussion, support peer learning, and improve students' literacy skills. Research has pointed to many ways that blogging is beneficial to student learning when used as an instructional tool. The researchers conducted a project that investigated…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Masters Degrees
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Hill, Kent – TESL-EJ, 2015
Simultaneous with a call for standardized assessments to assess developing rather than preexisting or surface knowledge (Sawyer, 2006) has been a growth in awareness of the unavoidable interactive nature of any form of assessment and this awareness has created a social turn towards approaches to language assessment (McNamara & Roever, 2006).…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests, Pretests Posttests
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Yuan, Yifeng; Tangen, Donna; Mills, Kathy A.; Lidstone, John – TESL-EJ, 2015
This paper reports the findings of a study investigating Chinese English language learners' perceptions of pragmatics in the EFL learning context in China. A total of 237 Chinese EFL first--year university students participated in the study. A questionnaire and focus group interviews were used to collect data about learners' pragmatics insights…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Baecher, Laura; McCormack, Bede; Kung, Shiao-Chuan – TESL-EJ, 2014
Supervisors play a critical role in fostering teacher candidates' reflective thinking on their practice, yet too often it is the supervisor, rather than the teacher, doing most of the observation work. Video-based supervision offers a promising alternative, as teachers have an opportunity to examine their own lesson and thus engage with the…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Reflective Teaching, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Zhong, Qunyan Maggie – TESL-EJ, 2014
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in language learners' beliefs in second language acquisition (SLA). Nonetheless, few studies to date have investigated the extent to which learners' beliefs develop, and the factors that contribute to this development have not been examined seriously. Employing a naturalistic inquiry, this…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Asians, Foreign Countries, Immigrants
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Chang, Anna Ching-Shyang; Read, John – TESL-EJ, 2008
Foreign language learners typically experience considerable anxiety about taking listening tests. This study investigated how four forms of listening support (pre-teaching of content and vocabulary, question preview, and repeated input) affect the anxiety levels of college students in Taiwan taking a multiple-choice achievement test, which counts…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Listening Skills
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Xiao, Lixin – TESL-EJ, 2006
This paper investigates the nature of the mismatch caused by culture-based differences in perceptions and expectations of L2 teaching and learning style preferences between Irish English teachers and Chinese students. A survey was conducted which included a questionnaire, interview and class observation at two language institutes in Dublin,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cultural Differences, Second Language Instruction, Cognitive Style
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Velazquez-Torres, Nancy – TESL-EJ, 2006
This article reports on the experiences of language teachers with their teacher preparation in the use of learning technologies in Puerto Rico. Three focus group interviews were held with 28 pre-service teachers; 9 in-service teachers were interviewed, and a post focus group interview was held with student teachers after they completed their field…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Technology Integration