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Shumaker, Melody G. – Online Submission, 2010
This descriptive study utilized frequency data to identify and describe the learning strategy preferences of English as a Second Language learners at an Intensive English Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Qualitative data were gathered by journals, observations, and interviews. Additionally, feedback from teacher observations were gathered. The 36…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Intensive Language Courses
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Dikli, Semire – CALICO Journal, 2010
The purpose of this study is to explore the nature of feedback that English as a Second Language (ESL) students received on their writings either from an automated essay scoring (AES) system or from the teacher. The participants were 12 adult ESL students who were attending an intensive English center at a university in Florida. The drafts of the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Scoring, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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
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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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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Chun, Christian W. – Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 2009
This article explores ways in which a university Intensive English Program (IEP) featuring English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at a U.S. university functions as an institutionalized discursive space of neoliberalism. By examining discourses that one program adopts in promoting itself online, and in the curriculum material used in IEP/EAP classes,…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Ideology, Cultural Differences, Instructional Materials
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Netten, Joan; Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This article examines the oral proficiency in French of students in core French, intensive French (IF), and post-IF to determine the effectiveness of these programs. Between 2003 and 2009, students in nine jurisdictions were assessed using the New Brunswick Middle School Scale (MSS). Students were tested prior to beginning IF (multiple grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Zhou, Ally A. – Language Awareness, 2009
Linguistic accuracy plays an important role in the quality of written texts, yet the explicit teaching of linguistic form--particularly grammar--for the purpose of improving learners' writing has generated an ongoing debate. Furthermore, students' voices about their learning are often ignored because they are perceived as not knowing what they…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Learning Problems, Grammar, Interviews
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Wilcox, Kristen Campbell – CALICO Journal, 2009
This action-research project was designed to assess how the use of video as a central instructional component impacts features of cross-cultural competence among adult ESL students. The study was conducted in a college-level intensive English language program in North America. Findings suggest that students' deeply embedded beliefs and values…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Cultural Awareness, Action Research, Video Technology
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Carr, Wendy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This article examines why students participated in British Columbia's first intensive French (IF) program between 2004 and 2008 and what they achieved as a result, with a particular focus on the effect on the French and English language proficiency of English as additional language (EAL) students. Qualitative case studies found that students and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 6, Grade 5, French
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Kim, YouJin – Language Learning, 2008
Hulstijn and Laufer (2001) proposed a motivational-cognitive construct of task-induced involvement to account for variation in effectiveness among different vocabulary learning tasks. Building upon their original research, this study consisted of two experiments investigating the involvement load hypothesis in vocabulary learning. Experiment 1…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Young, Dolly Jesusita – CALICO Journal, 2008
Replacing face-to-face teaching with online instruction in higher education will become an increasingly attractive strategy for reducing instructional costs. Research on the effectiveness of online instruction, however, is sparse. The purpose of this paper is to present findings of a 2-year study that examined learner outcomes within the context…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Intensive Language Courses
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Eda, Sanae; Itomitsu, Masayuki; Noda, Mari – Foreign Language Annals, 2008
This study and analysis are designed to find a common, practical measurement tool that may be used for intra- and interprogram evaluation of Japanese programs, especially in the higher education context. First, three previous methods of evaluation (the Oral Proficiency Interview, the Nihongo Noryoku Shiken or Japanese Language Proficiency Test,…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Japanese, Language Proficiency, Achievement Tests
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Ammar, Ahlem – Language Teaching Research, 2008
The merits of recasts have been widely debated and investigated in and out of the language classroom. This quasi-experimental study examines the impact of recasts in comparison to prompts and no corrective feedback on francophone learners' acquisition of English third person possessive determiners. Sixty-four students from three intact intensive…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Cues
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French, Leif M.; O'Brien, Irena – Applied Psycholinguistics, 2008
This study examined the role of phonological memory in second language (L2) grammar learning in a group of native French-speaking children undergoing a 5-month intensive English program. Phonological memory (as referenced by Arabic [ANWR] and English [ENWR] nonword repetition tasks), L2 vocabulary (receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge),…
Descriptors: Memory, Vocabulary Development, Phonology, Second Language Learning
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