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Ahern, Jeri; Litt, Eve Nora – CATESOL Journal, 2018
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the standard in the college admissions process, leading to the inclusion of preparation classes in Intensive English Program (IEP) curricula. But does preparing for the TOEFL in isolation yield optimal results for IEP college hopefuls? In this article, we will share information about the…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Intensive Language Courses
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen; Mossman, Sabrina; Vellenga, Heidi E. – Language Teaching Research, 2015
This study investigates the effect of instruction on the acquisition of pragmatic routines used in academic discussion, specifically expressions of agreement, disagreement, and clarification. Thirty-seven learners, including an experimental group of 26 students and a control group of 11 students, participated in the study. Five intact classes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Ling, Guangming; Powers, Donald E.; Adler, Rachel M. – ETS Research Report Series, 2014
One fundamental way to determine the validity of standardized English-language test scores is to investigate the extent to which they reflect anticipated learning effects in different English-language programs. In this study, we investigated the extent to which the "TOEFL iBT"® practice test reflects the learning effects of students at…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Computer Assisted Testing
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Jernigan, Justin – English Language Teaching, 2012
Swain's Output Hypothesis proposes a facilitative effect for output on the acquisition of second language morphosyntax. In the context of classroom instruction, a number of studies and reviews suggest that explicit instruction in pragmatic elements promotes development. Other studies have offered less conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
Folse, Keith – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This paper reports findings from a case study of the amount of explicit vocabulary focus (EVF) that occurred in a week of classes for one group of upper intermediate students in an intensive English program (IEP). To assess EVF, instruction from a total of 25 hours of classes was analyzed to see if the number of EVF events was more connected with…
Descriptors: Intensive Language Courses, Reading Teachers, Communication Skills, English (Second Language)
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Carrell, Patricia L. – ETS Research Report Series, 2007
Utilizing a pre- and posttest research design, with an instructional intervention of good practices in notetaking, the notes taken by examinees during a computer-based listening comprehension test prior to and following the instructional intervention were examined for particular notetaking strategies. Questionnaires probed perceptions of the…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Pretests Posttests, Correlation, English (Second Language)
Des Brisay, Margaret; Ready, Doreen – 1991
The use of test results as a criterion for evaluating the design of an intensive English language program is examined in one Canadian university program in Indonesia. The study was investigating whether: (1) realistic estimates of training needs were being made; (2) data from other tests would enable better prediction of student outcomes, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
Gradman, Harry L.; Hanania, Edith – 1991
A study conducted in the intensive English language program at Indiana University investigated: (1) the effects of students' language learning background (formal learning of English, exposure to and use of English in class, and extracurricular exposure to and use of English) on their performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, College Students, English (Second Language), Higher Education