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Riggs, Reed – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Constructionist research on L2 learning has focused on the degrees to which skewed frequency (Goldberg, Casenhiser & White, 2007; Casenhiser & Goldberg, 2005; Goldberg, Casenhiser, & Sethuraman 2004) in a person's linguistic environment can facilitate "entrenchment," "schematization," and "contingency…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Language Usage, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Vercellotti, Mary Lou; McCormick, Dawn E. – TESL-EJ, 2018
Noticing is the necessary attention that learners give to language in order to learn (Schmidt, 2001). Self-correction is evidence of noticing and a tool for language learning. Previous research has suggested that speakers focus on meaning during speech production, and language learners likely need an opportunity post-production to correct…
Descriptors: Error Correction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Gass, Susan; Juffs, Alan; Starfield, Sue; Hyland, Ken – TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, 2018
The focus in this article is on research in language centers. Four center directors provide examples of the place of research in language centers and focus on how teachers and researchers work together to facilitate large action research projects. The first section describes a survey of instructors in U.S.-based intensive English programs (IEPs).…
Descriptors: Intensive Language Courses, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Shin, Sun-Young; Lidster, Ryan – Language Testing, 2017
In language programs, it is crucial to place incoming students into appropriate levels to ensure that course curriculum and materials are well targeted to their learning needs. Deciding how and where to set cutscores on placement tests is thus of central importance to programs, but previous studies in educational measurement disagree as to which…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Standard Setting (Scoring), Student Placement
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Chou, Mu-hsuan – Education 3-13, 2017
Formal English language education in Taiwan now starts at Year 3 in primary school, with an emphasis on communicative proficiency. In addition to formal education, attending English cram schools after regular school has become a common phenomenon for Taiwanese students. The main purpose of gaining additional reinforcement in English cram schools…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Freyn, Amy L. – Journal of Education and Practice, 2017
This article illustrates one professor's experiment with using Snapchat in a university EFL classroom. Snapchat has become impossible to ignore and this study proves that it can be beneficial to students. This study shows how the use of Snapchat can engage students and encourage them to practice English outside the classroom.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Telecommunications
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen; Stringer, David – Second Language Research, 2017
This article presents a generative analysis of the acquisition of formulaic language as an alternative to current usage-based proposals. One influential view of the role of formulaic expressions in second language (L2) development is that they are a bootstrapping mechanism into the L2 grammar; an initial repertoire of constructions allows for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Simulation, Task Analysis
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Karakoç, Dilek; Köse, Gül Durmusoglu – Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 2017
This study is an attempt to clarify the incremental and multidimensional nature of foreign language vocabulary development and its relation to the participants' reading and writing performances and general language ability of English as a foreign language (EFL). With this principle aim, the current study investigated the relationship between…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Matsumoto, Yumi; Dobs, Abby Mueller – Language Learning, 2017
This study investigated the functions of gesture in teaching and learning grammar in the context of second language (L2) classroom interactions. The data consisted of video-recorded interactions from a beginner- and an advanced-level grammar classroom in an intensive English program at a U.S. university. The sequences of talk-in-interaction…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Second Language Instruction, Grammar, Nonverbal Communication
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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
Lippincott, Dianna – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This mixed methods classroom research examined if accountability groups in the lower proficiency levels of a university intensive English program would improve students' language acquisition. Students were assigned partners for the study period with whom they completed assignments inside and outside of class, as well as set goals for use of…
Descriptors: Accountability, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Chavoshan, Ida – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation study focused on a feature of emergent interactions in the L2 classroom called unanticipated student utterances (USUs), which is defined as utterances spoken by the student that the teacher has not anticipated as part of the discussion at hand. The purpose of the study was to demonstrate why USUs are significant in the L2…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Speech Communication
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Öztürk, Gökhan; Gürbüz, Nurdan – Cogent Education, 2017
This study examined the main sources of the participant English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers' cognitions, their classroom practices and the impact of institutional context on these practices. The participants included three Turkish EFL instructors working at English preparatory programs at university level. The data were collected through…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
Kanakri, Aseel – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this multicase study was to investigate second language teachers' practices in teaching academic writing to English as a second language (ESL) students at the higher education level. This study sought to gain a deeper understanding of how ESL teachers are currently teaching academic writing to ESL students and the particular methods…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, College Second Language Programs, Case Studies, Academic Discourse
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