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Wilhelm, Kim Hughes – System, 1997
Examines various language learning background variables in relationship to rate of learning progress through an intensive English program. Findings reveal that entry proficiency variables were most effective when predicting high and low success category, but language learning background variables were most effective when predicting medium success.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, English (Second Language), Higher Education
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Sullivan, Nancy; Pratt, Ellen – System, 1996
Compares students in two English-as-a-Second-Language writing environments: a networked computer-assisted classroom and a traditional oral classroom. Results indicate that while the writing environment has no effect on attitudes toward writing with computers or writing apprehension, writing quality improves in the computer-assisted classroom and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Anxiety, Classroom Environment, College Students
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Young, Richard; And Others – System, 1996
Describes the development of an English-as-a-Second-Language computer-adaptive test of reading comprehension. The article discusses the constraints that apply to Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) and the advantages of CAT over conventional testing modalities. (29 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Algorithms, College Students, Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language)
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Porte, Graeme – System, 1996
Investigates the revision strategies of Spanish native-speaker undergraduates writing in two different discourse types and in two time conditions by analyzing postwriting interview protocols. Results suggest that revision strategies may be initiated by past learning experiences and respond to the perceived nature of the task and the current…
Descriptors: College Students, Context Effect, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Storch, Neomy; Tapper, Joanna – System, 1996
Investigates the use of an annotation scheme in which students identify their own concerns through marginal or end-notes addressed to their teachers. The study's analysis focused on form, content, and students' views. Results indicate that students annotated mainly for syntax and lexis, in the form of confirmation requests. (21 references)…
Descriptors: College Students, Dialog Journals, English (Second Language), English for Academic Purposes
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Boyle, Joseph – System, 1997
Reviews use of mixed-code teaching in Hong Kong schools and outlines educators' efforts to persuade the government to accept mixed-code as not only inevitable, but preferable in most Hong Kong schools. Notes that English must be preserved for business purposes, but the Chinese medium of instruction is receiving greater emphasis as Hong Kong nears…
Descriptors: Business English, Change Agents, Chinese, Code Switching (Language)
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Block, David – System, 1997
Describes the author's personal version of the action research cycle, focusing on two research experiences to point out what can be learned from research involving listening to language learners. Suggests that one can learn in two different and equally important ways; one can learn about the research question studied and about how to improve the…
Descriptors: Action Research, College Students, Concept Formation, Data Collection
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Laufer, Batia; Kimmel, Michal – System, 1997
Seventy native Hebrew-speaking English-as-a-Second-Language students participated in a study that investigated what part of an entry second-language learners read when they look up an unfamiliar word in a bilingualised dictionary: the monolingual, the bilingual, or both. Results suggest the bilingualised dictionary is very effective because it is…
Descriptors: College Students, Dictionaries, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Lynch, Tony – System, 1997
Discusses an intermediate-level learner's progress in listening comprehension during a pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course in the United Kingdom. Highlights the difference in progress in one-way and two-way listening and the discrepancy between performance within the sheltered setting of the language classroom and success in real…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, College Students, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Mason, Beniko; Krashen, Stephen – System, 1997
Overviews three experiments exploring the value of extensive reading in English as a foreign language for college students in Japan. Notes that in extensive reading, students do self-selected reading with minimal accountability, i.e. writing brief summaries or comments on what they have read. Findings reveal extensive reading to be superior to…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, College Students, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Liu, Ngar-Fun; Littlewood, William – System, 1997
Discusses two surveys conducted at the University of Hong Kong that measured students' willingness to adopt active speech roles in second-language classrooms. Findings reveal that students expressed a liking for communicative work at school and a preference for classes permitting students to do most of the talking, but that they had a low…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, College Students