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Gilliland, Betsy; Oyama, Ai; Stacey, Pamela – TESL-EJ, 2018
MOOCs (massive open online courses) promise higher education to participants who cannot travel to or pay for face-to-face classes. In 2013, a new MOOC introduced second language (L2) learners to concepts of English language academic writing. The authors of this article participated in the course as students and kept a reflective diary, which we…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, College Students, Second Language Learning
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Xu, Xiwen; Li, Xuemei – TESL-EJ, 2018
This paper explores a process-genre approach to teaching academic writing skills to advanced English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students. The 'reading-to-writing' tasks and procedures were designed to examine the feasibility of the approach for a doctoral English-for-academic-purposes (EAP) program in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English for Academic Purposes, Writing Instruction, Academic Discourse
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Tabari, Mahmoud Abdi – TESL-EJ, 2017
Much research has investigated the role of planning time in second language writing; however, the results show that there are inconsistent findings about the effects of planning time conditions on the complexity of the EFL learners' textual output. The current study attempted to consider the differential effects of planning time conditions in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Persuasive Discourse
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Kostka, Ilka; Maliborska, Veronika – TESL-EJ, 2016
Second language (L2) writing instructors have varying tools at their disposal for providing feedback on students' writing, including ones that enable them to provide written and audio feedback in electronic form. One tool that has been underexplored is Turnitin, a widely used software program that matches electronic text to a wide range of…
Descriptors: Computer Software, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Jackson, Daniel O. – TESL-EJ, 2011
This article describes the implementation of technology-mediated tasks in an English for academic purposes (EAP) curriculum at a Japanese university. The course addressed the needs of English majors at the school by enabling more efficient completion of academic work, including essay writing. One way that technology supported this goal was through…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Computer Mediated Communication, Second Language Learning, English for Academic Purposes
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Camhi, Paul J.; Ebsworth, Miriam Eisenstein – TESL-EJ, 2008
This action research study evaluates a classroom approach incorporating a reflective, metacognitive component within a second language process-oriented writing environment. Inspired by the literature and developed by the first author, this approach seeks to provide English language learners (ELLs) with a command of metalinguistic principles…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Action Research, Writing Tests, Second Language Learning
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Devadason, Iris – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article describes teacher research in an EAP context, teaching English for theology at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India, an international, liberal, and ecumenical institution. Conceptually grounded in the theory and practice of genre teaching, and discourse analysis of large pieces of texts such as the thesis, inspired by…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Philosophy, English for Special Purposes