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Wang, Yangting – TESL-EJ, 2019
Even though there are books that guide students in preparing for TOEFL exams, the literature on TOEFL test preparation courses at the university level is sparse (Huang, 2018). The current study aimed to fill the research gap by investigating the impact of TOEFL ITP assessment on teachers' TOEFL course content and teaching methods. Five different…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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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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Mihara, Kei – TESL-EJ, 2015
The purpose of the present study is twofold. The first goal is to examine the effects of phonological input on students' vocabulary learning. The second is to discuss how different pre­-listening activities affect students' second language listening comprehension. The participants were first-­year students at a Japanese university. There were two…
Descriptors: Phonology, Linguistic Input, Vocabulary Development, Language Tests
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Yonesaka, Suzanne M.; Tanaka, Hiroya – TESL-EJ, 2013
Japan's government has mandated a shift from traditional to communicative methodologies in secondary English classrooms (Tanabe, 2004), but it is unclear whether this has affected student beliefs about language learning. This study investigates the beliefs of 315 incoming university students at a large private university in Japan from 2006 through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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