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McGuire, Michael; Larson-Hall, Jenifer – TESL Canada Journal, 2017
Formulaic sequences (FS) are frequently used by native speakers and have been found to help non-native speakers sound more fluent as well. We hypothesized that explicitly teaching FS to classroom ESL learners would increase the use of such language, which could further result in increased second language (L2) fluency. We report on a 5-week study…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Murillo, Luz A.; Schall, Janine M. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2016
This study reports on Mexican-origin university students' perceptions of their K-12 literacy experiences and preparation for college-level reading. Participants were first-generation college students from Spanish-dominant homes enrolled in a reading-intensive course at a four-year Hispanic-serving institution. The study was conducted as part of an…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Mexican Americans, Literacy, Prior Learning
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Widodo, Handoyo Puji – Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 2016
This article reports the findings of ethnographic classroom research on the deployment of literature circles in English reading classes in the vocational secondary education sector in Indonesia. Grounded in micro-interactional, thematic, and discourse analyses, empirical findings showed that the students engaged actively in text selection, role…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Ethnography, Classroom Research, Reading Programs
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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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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
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Mukundan, Jayakaran; Mahvelati, Elaheh Hamed; Nimehchisalem, Vahid – English Language Teaching, 2012
Intensive English programs are courses in which students participate in a higher number of classes in a shorter period. The available literature on intensive English courses indicates inconsistent results necessitating further research in this area. This study investigated the effect of an intensive English program on a group of Malaysian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language)
Hanson-Smith, Elizabeth, Ed.; Rilling, Sarah, Ed. – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), 2007
While posing important questions about how learning proceeds with new technologies, this volume demonstrates how teachers captivate the imagination of learners, from schoolchildren to postgraduates, by providing real-world purposes for language. The authors are from educational institutions in many regions of the world, and describe technology use…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Educational Technology
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Baker, Felicity; Jones, Carolyn – Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, 2006
This pilot study examined the effects of a short-term music therapy program on the classroom behaviours of newly arrived refugee students who were attending an intensive "English as a Second Language" secondary school. A cross-over design with two five-week intervention periods was employed with group music therapy sessions conducted one…
Descriptors: Refugees, Music, Hyperactivity, Music Therapy