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Myers, Liatris – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
Second language pragmatics are not easily acquired by second language learners for a variety of reasons including negative first language transfer, insufficient grammatical competence, and inadequate instruction. For adult learners living in the second language environment, adequate pragmatic knowledge is essential even for beginning level…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Pragmatics, Incidental Learning
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Lynn, Ethan M. – English Teaching Forum, 2018
The author is responsible for teaching reading classes and overseeing the reading curriculum at an intensive English program in the United States. The institution strives to make reading fluency a priority in the classroom, but after conducting a basic overview of the literature on the topic, the author realized that the approach could be improved…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Huffman, Jeffrey – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In his critique of the Huffman (2014) article, McLean (2016) undertakes an important reflective exercise that is too often missing in the field of second language acquisition and in the social sciences in general: questioning whether the claims made by researchers are warranted by their results. In this article, Jeffrey Huffman says that McLean…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Reader Response
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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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Mitchell, James D. – ORTESOL Journal, 2016
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the authors conducted roundtables related to queer identity in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom at Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL's) fall and spring conferences and at an in-service day at Portland State University's Intensive English Language…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Sexual Identity
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Sheppard, Beth – CATESOL Journal, 2014
Freely available online videos are the basis of an Intensive English Program (IEP) listening and speaking course described in this article. Strands and activities of this course could easily be adapted for use in other institutions. For each strand of the course, rationales are stated, activities are described, and suggested online resources are…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Video Technology, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Chen-Maynard, Dorothy; Doueiri, Dany; Gotch, Donna – International Research and Review, 2014
The United States is faced with a serious shortage of linguistically and culturally competent students to meet the needs of our global population and economy. In order to address this deficiency, the US government has funded several initiatives to increase our nation's capacity to train teachers and students in critical languages. The Office of…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Second Language Programs, Program Descriptions, Intensive Language Courses
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Schulte, Julia – CATESOL Journal, 2013
Many teacher-development models posit teacher learning as a linear process in which teachers build skills and knowledge while progressing through different stages of expertise. Although this model is attractive for many reasons and often does seem to shed light on some of the aspects of teacher development, this author's own experience largely…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Faculty Development, Educational Practices, Language Teachers
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Plakans, Lia – TESOL Journal, 2013
Developing assessments within a program can create more useful measures of our students' language. This includes rating scales used in performance assessments such as writing or speaking tests. This article describes the process of development, use, and revision of a writing placement scale by teachers in an intensive English language program. To…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education, 2012
The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Student Financial Aid, Languages
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Students in the University of Rhode Island's International Engineering Program (IEP) spend a semester studying at an overseas university and another six months interning at a company abroad; at the end of five years, they earn two degrees, in engineering and a foreign language. Despite the extra academic demands, nearly a third of Rhode Island's…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Engineering Education, Engineering, International Education
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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
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Danan, Martine – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2010
This article describes a series of exploratory L1 to L2 dubbing projects for which students translated and used editing software to dub short American film and TV clips into their target language. Translating and dubbing into the target language involve students in multifaceted, high-level language production tasks that lead to enhanced vocabulary…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Translation, Computer Software, Second Language Learning
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Hamilton, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2010
Online technology and streaming video have the potential to generate tremendous interest and motivation in ESL/EFL students. Unfortunately, as the basis for a task-based language teaching (TBLT) program, such technology often places students in a passive position and limits inter-student communication. This paper describes a successful TBLT course…
Descriptors: Video Technology, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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