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Hsieh, Hui-Chen – English Language Teaching, 2016
Developing the ability to speak English is a daunting task that has long been omitted in a test-driven pedagogy context (Chang, 2011; Li, 2012a, 2012b; Chen & Tsai, 2012; Katchen, 1989, 1995). Since speaking is not tested for school admissions, most students are not motivated to learn it (Chang, 2011; Chen & Tsai, 2012). Now, globalization…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation
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Brun-Mercer, Nicole; Zimmerman, Cheryl Boyd – CATESOL Journal, 2015
Though research has established a relationship between vocabulary knowledge and academic success and identified features to guide the L2 word learner through academic tasks (see Nation, 2013), less is known regarding student perceptions of academic vocabulary and the conscious decision-making process of these learners while they are writing. In…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Decision Making
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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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Xu, Xiaoqiu; Padilla, Amado M.; Silva, Duarte – Language Learning Journal, 2014
This study compared two groups of high school students in their learning of a third-year Mandarin level 3 class under two conditions: an intensive four-week (85.5 hours) summer program and a 22-week (88 hours) regular semester program. Students in both conditions had been classmates through four semesters of Mandarin instruction and had similar…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Comparative Analysis, High School Students, Summer Programs
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Crossman, Katie; Pinchbeck, Geoffrey – TESL Canada Journal, 2012
Immigrants and the children of immigrants who have completed their schooling in Canadian school settings, commonly referred to as Generation 1.5, are increasingly identified in the research literature as academically at risk due to inadequately developed academic language proficiency and learning strategies. This article describes the design,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English for Academic Purposes, Intensive Language Courses, Curriculum Design
Rix, Samantha – Journal on English Language Teaching, 2012
This pilot study examines the role of metacognitive awareness as a motivational strategy in second language learning. The paper begins by exploring metacognitive strategies within the general language learning strategy framework, and then zooming in upon "interest enhancement" as a particular strategy that influences motivation and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interviews, English for Academic Purposes