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Ibrahim, Engku Haliza Engku; Sarudin, Isarji; Muhamad, Ainon Jariah – English Language Teaching, 2016
There are many factors that contribute to one's ability to read effectively. Vocabulary size is one important factor that enhances reading comprehension. The purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between students' reading comprehension skills and their vocabulary size. A total of 129 pre-university students undergoing an intensive…
Descriptors: Correlation, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Scores
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Gunning, Pamela; White, Joanna; Busque, Christine – Language Awareness, 2016
There is considerable interest in teacher collaboration across mother tongue and second language curricula. However, cross-curricular collaboration in reading strategy instruction has seldom been investigated. We report a two-year study involving collaboration between the French first language (L1) and English second language (L2) teachers in an…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Teacher Collaboration, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Edwards, Emily; Burns, Anne – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2016
Language teachers constantly create, adapt and evaluate classroom materials to develop new curricula and meet their learners' needs. It has long been argued (e.g. by Stenhouse, L. [1975]. "An Introduction to Curriculum Research and Development." London: Heinemann) that teachers themselves, as opposed to managers or course book writers,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Material Development, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
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Gagné, Nathalie; Parks, Susan – Language Learning Journal, 2016
With respect to cooperative learning, one aspect of particular interest to educators is its inclusive nature in terms of ensuring that all team members in group work are more or less equally involved in the task. Despite the inherent relevance for second language teaching, however, research is scant. To contribute to this area, the present study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Intensive Language Courses, English (Second Language)
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Khan, Muhammad Saleem – English Language Teaching, 2016
This paper strives to explore the impact of Native Language use on Foreign Language vocabulary learning on the basis of empirical and available data. The study is carried out with special reference to the English Language Programme students in Buraydah Community College, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. The Native Language of these students is…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Rouhshad, Amir; Wigglesworth, Gillian; Storch, Neomy – Language Teaching Research, 2016
The Interaction Approach argues that negotiation for meaning and form is conducive to second language development. To date, most of the research on negotiations has been either in face-to-face (FTF) or text-based synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) modes. Very few studies have compared the nature of negotiations across the modes.…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Language Proficiency
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Shin, Sun-Young; Lidster, Ryan; Sabraw, Stacy; Yeager, Rebecca – Language Teaching Research, 2016
Collaborative text reconstruction tasks such as dictogloss have been suggested as effective second language (L2) learning tasks that promote meaningful interaction between learners and their awareness of L2 target grammatical structures. However, it should be noted that the effect of pair interaction on the final product may differ depending on…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Task Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Benson, Susan D. – Language Teaching Research, 2016
Since the 1980s, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has enjoyed considerable interest from researchers of second language acquisition (SLA), resulting in a growing body of empirical evidence to support how and to what extent this approach can promote language learning. Although transferability and generalizability are critical assumptions for…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Multivariate Analysis
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Fraser, Monica; Abbott, Marilyn – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2016
The use of portable electronic reading devices in the English as a second language (ESL) classroom has the potential to positively impact learners' reading engagement and language skill development. However, due to the lack of research, few guidelines are available to inform instructors of the benefits and challenges of using these devices in ESL…
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Education, English (Second Language), Electronic 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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Schulte, Ann; Klipfel, Lyndsay Halpin – Educational Forum, 2016
In an effort to better understand how participating in teacher research as a student teacher compares to conducting it as a practicing teacher, a teacher educator and her former teacher education student engaged in a collaborative dialogue. They focus their reflections in this article on the impact of external forces on the process of teacher…
Descriptors: Influences, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Researchers
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Alghail, Ali Abdullah Ali; Mahfoodh, Omer Hassan Ali – Issues in Educational Research, 2016
This study examines how international graduate students in a Malaysian public university perceive and overcome academic reading difficulties. The target population included all graduate students from Yemen, an Arab country, studying at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Data were collected using questionnaires, focus group interviews, and journal writing.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Foreign Students, Reading Difficulties
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Alisaari, Jenni; Heikkola, Leena Maria – Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2016
Fluency is an essential part of a language learner's skills. Despite various studies on fluency, little is known about the effects of different pedagogical methods on the development of written fluency. In this paper, we examine how different pedagogical methods affect the development of second language learners' written fluency. Participants in…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Writing Skills, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Stuart McLean refers in this commentary to Jeffrey Huffman's article "Reading Rate Gains during a One-Semester Extensive Reading Course" (v26 n2 p17-33 Oct 2014) [See: EJ1044344], in which Huffman reports that extensive reading (ER) was an effective way to provide large amounts of comprehensible input to foreign language learners, but…
Descriptors: Inferences, Evidence, Reading Strategies, Reading Achievement
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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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