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Plakans, Lia; Burke, Maureen – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2013
The use of tests has been targeted as a critical point in validity, which suggests that contexts for test use warrant closer investigation. This article describes a study of decision making during test use in the context of a university intensive English language program. Over a period of 2 1/2 years, data were collected by audio-recording…
Descriptors: Test Use, Textbooks, Decision Making, Second Language Learning
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Shoemaker, Ellenor; Rast, Rebekah – Second Language Research, 2013
The earliest stages of adult language acquisition have received increased attention in recent years (cf. Carroll, introduction to this issue). The study reported here aims to contribute to this discussion by investigating the role of several variables in the development of word recognition strategies during the very first hours of exposure to a…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, Word Recognition, Sentences, French
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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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Kang, Migyu; Bruna, Katherine Richardson – Journal of Educational Technology, 2013
This study sought to account for East Asian learners' cross-cultural transitions to US university Intensive English classroom culture within a technology-mediated language teaching approach, PrOCALL (Project-Oriented Computer Assisted Language Learning). It explored the influence of this approach on classroom interaction patterns acquired in the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Transitional Programs, Web Based Instruction
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Eckstein, Grant – CATESOL Journal, 2013
TESOL theory is intended to inform teacher practice, but studying what teachers actually do in a given teaching context can sometimes lead to better theory. This report illustrates an area in which practice informed theory in the context of 1-on-1 writing conferences for prematriculated ESL writers. This report describes the creation and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Grammar, Feedback (Response)
Weger, Heather D. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
The present study reports on the motivations of adult, international learners of English, studying English 20 hours a week in a US-based Intensive English Program (IEP). Though often used as participants in language acquisition studies, there are few studies of these learners' motivational profiles. In the current study, a questionnaire designed…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Learning Motivation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Newton, Jonathan – Language Teaching Research, 2013
This study investigated the ways in which two groups of four adult learners of English as a second language (ESL) responded to unfamiliar words they encountered in four communication tasks and the effect that different levels of engagement with these words (including negotiation of form and meaning) had on subsequent recall of word meaning. Of the…
Descriptors: College Students, Semantics, Classroom Communication, Vocabulary Development
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Kraut, Rachel; Wulff, Stefanie – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2013
Seventy-eight native English speakers rated the foreign-accented speech (FAS) of 24 international students enrolled in an Intensive English programme at a public university in Texas on degree of accent, comprehensibility and communicative ability. Variables considered to potentially impact listeners' ratings were the sex of the speaker, the first…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Case Studies, Language Proficiency, Second Language Instruction
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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
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Weger, Heather – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2013
Pedagogical proponents of both communicative language teaching and the postmethod philosophy argue for the importance of considering learners' needs in classroom planning. This requires understanding learners' attitudes toward a variety of classroom realities. The present study reports on the attitudes of 131 adult, international learners of…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Intensive Language Courses, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Coskun, Abdullah – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Evaluating existing foreign language programs on a regular basis is essential because program evaluation leads to more effective programs. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the modular intensive general English language teaching program applied at a university in Turkey by investigating students' and English instructors' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), College Second Language Programs, Second Language Instruction
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Komiyama, Reiko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Characteristics of English for Academic Purposes students' second language (L2) motivation were examined by identifying underlying motivational factors. Using the motivation constructs created by first language reading researchers, a survey was developed and administered to 2,018 students from 53 English language programs in the U.S. Survey…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation
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Kayaoglu, M. Naci – Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), 2013
This study focuses on exploring poor and good learners' language beliefs and their language strategy use in an attempt to see whether there is any significant relationship between the poor and good learners. This paper particularly seeks to examine to what extent language beliefs as a construct are reflected in learners' language behavior, which…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Learning Strategies, Student Behavior, Undergraduate Students
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Mull, Jaci; Conrad, Susan – ORTESOL Journal, 2013
Concordancers are software programs that allow users to search for all occurrences of a word or sequences of words. Early descriptions of the potential for student concordancing were given by Tim Johns, who called it Data Driven Learning (DDL). Johns (1991) explains DDL as an investigation allowing students to form their own questions about the…
Descriptors: Grammar, Error Correction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Forbes, Megan Julie – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was to establish an accepted skill set, knowledge base, and overview of personal qualities necessary to be a director of a university or college based, non-proprietary intensive English program (UIEP). This research serves as a means of moving towards meeting three critical needs in the field. This research should inform…
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Delphi Technique, Intensive Language Courses, Search Committees (Personnel)
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