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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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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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Basaran, Süleyman; Cabaroglu, Nese – TESL-EJ, 2014
The ubiquitous use of Internet-based mobile devices in educational contexts means that mobile learning has become a plausible alternative to or a good complement for conventional classroom-based teaching. However, there is a lack of research that explores and defines the characteristics and effects of mobile language learning (LL) through language…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Measures (Individuals), Handheld Devices
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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