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Que, Hua; Li, Xuemei – TESL-EJ, 2015
This study looks into the changing voice of Chinese Post-80s' students in English academic writing. Data were collected qualitatively through interviews with four Chinese Post-80s overseas graduate students and through an examination of their English essays with a focus on discursive features. Findings indicate that Chinese Post-80s' voice is…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Taguchi, Naoko; Naganuma, Naeko; Budding, Carlos – TESL-EJ, 2015
This study examined the effects of explicit instruction on the development of pragmatic competence in L2 English. The study is based on Taguchi's (2012) study conducted in an English-medium university in Japan, which revealed patterns of change in Japanese EFL students' production of requests in high- and low-imposition situations. Students showed…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Speech Acts, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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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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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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Ohata, Kota – TESL-EJ, 2005
This study explores the nature of language anxiety from the perspective of five Japanese learners of English (ESL), especially in reference to their self-reflective accounts of emotional difficulties encountered in the U.S. college settings. Through the use of an in-depth qualitative interview format, this study attempts to identify potential…
Descriptors: Anxiety, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Asians