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Stephens, Meredith – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In this response to Sakurai, Meredith Stephens agrees that Sakurai (2015) raises an important issue of which native English speaking teachers may be unaware; Japanese learners of English typically translate into Japanese while reading English. Sakurai explained, "It is speculated that Japanese students naturally translate English into…
Descriptors: Translation, Reader Response, Reading Rate, Reading Fluency
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Sakurai, Nobuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
The paper "The influence of translation on reading amount, proficiency, and speed in extensive reading" (Sakurai, 2015) outlined the first six years of the official English education system and policy in Japan. It then discussed the efficacy of extensive reading (ER) followed by a distinction between reading and translation. Previous…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Translation, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate
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Praver, Max; Rouault, Greg; Eidswick, John – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2011
Teachers often use peer evaluation as a way to increase opportunities for constructive feedback. However, few studies have investigated student attitudes toward such evaluation. This study examined preferences among Japanese university students (N = 86) in an intensive English-language program (intermediate proficiency) toward peer evaluation for…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Peer Evaluation
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Cowling, Jeremy David – English for Specific Purposes, 2007
This paper gives a detailed description of the needs analysis (NA) stage in the development of a set of English language intensive courses at a large Japanese industrial firm. The case study highlights the NA practices of using multiple sources and multiple methods in the data gathering stage and uses triangulation in order to validate results.…
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries, Industry, Intensive Language Courses
Carroll, Michael, Ed. – TESOL International Association, 2007
Curriculum innovations succeed or fail according to the extent to which teachers, and to some extent students, feel that they are meaningfully involved in the process of change. For change to be effective, it cannot be simply imposed from above; rather it depends absolutely on the people who implement it. The innovations described in this book…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Adult Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Rausch, Anthony; Altizer, Roger, Jr.; Parry, Andrew – Crossroads, 2000
This paper is a pedagogically-oriented case study of a "Gaikokugo" Communication course conducted in an intensive format. After a brief introduction and consideration of the intensive course format, the pedagogical approach guiding the course (together with samples of the materials used in the course provided in the appendix) is…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Development, Feedback
Tamada, Yutaka – 1996
A study investigated (1) whether Japanese learners of a second language have the same learning strategies as other groups previously studied, and (2) whether the experience of studying or living abroad affects learning strategy use. Subjects were 24 Japanese third-year college students, learners of English as a second language who were studying in…
Descriptors: College Students, Educational Environment, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
Layzer, Carolyn; Sharkey, Judy – 1996
Experiences in teaching a first-year reading course in the intensive English program at Kansai Gaidai Junior College (Japan) are discussed. In the period described, there were six classes of 16 students each. A proficiency-oriented approach incorporating a learner development component was adopted to facilitate the transition from traditional…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, College Freshmen, Course Descriptions
Sowers, Jayne – 1996
This paper describes the development and implementation of an intensive summer course in English as a Second Language (ESL) designed for children aged 4-5. Planning included development of a curriculum and instructional materials based on theory and practice in the teaching of young children, English language learning and instruction, and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
Anivan, Sarinee, Ed. – 1991
Papers on aspects of second language program evaluation include the following: "The Role of Language Testing in Language Program Evaluation" (Adrian Palmer); "Defining an Appropriate Role for Language Tests in Intensive English Language Programs" (Margaret Des Brisay, Doreen Ready); "Principles and Practice in an…
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language)
Povey, John, Ed. – 1976
This is the tenth annual issue of the UCLA TESL (teaching English as a second language) workpapers. It includes the following papers: (1) "An Attempt to Model the Role of Cognitions in Language Learning," by R.L. Allwright; (2) "A Comparison of Language Proficiency Tests," by J. Donald Bowen; (3) "Language Study Through…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Hypnosis
Sakakibara, Yoshitaka – 1988
The University of South Carolina added the Japanese specialization to its Master of International Business Studies (MIBS) program in 1982. The small group of students in the 3-year specialization are chosen competitively from a large applicant pool. While no Japanese language knowledge is required for entry to the program, many students have some…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Business Communication, College Second Language Programs, Foreign Countries
Setliff, Rebecca J.; Taft, Lori A. – 1988
The Language and Culture Institute of the University of Pittsburgh has developed a 13-week program of pre-assignment training for engineers given corporate assignments in Japan. The Institute offers the corporations three components in this intensive seminar: program administration, language training, and culture training. The program…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education
O'CONNOR, PATRICIA; TWADDELL, W.F. – 1960
THE 1958 ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION COUNCIL SEMINAR FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS IN JAPANESE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE, IN A VERY LIMITED TIME, BOTH INTENSIVE TRAINING IN AUDIO-LINGUAL CLASSROOM METHODS, AND A MINIMUM DEGREE OF LINGUISTIC COMPETENCE NECESSARY TO FULFILL THE TEACHER'S ROLE AS MODEL, JUDGE, AND DIRECTOR OF PRACTICE. THE…
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Contrastive Linguistics, English (Second Language), Inservice Teacher Education
Findlay-Kaneko, Beverly – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1997
In an effort to stem declining foreign student numbers, Japan will moderately increase its traditional scholarships for foreign students and sponsor 1,900 students from other countries under a short-term student exchange promotion program. The new policy also encourages the national universities to join private ones in developing ties with…
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students
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