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Mirzoyants, Anastasia – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The study proposes an alternative approach to studying interpersonal trust. The researcher uses the Rasch analysis to design a quantitative instrument that can be used to measure trust when exploring the effects that various aspects of educational environment have on students' experiences. Prior empirical studies examined trust from a…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Foreign Students, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship
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
Joy, Rhonda; Murphy, Elizabeth – Canadian Journal of Education, 2012
This paper portrays the activity system of eight classes of Grade 6 children with special educational needs in an Intensive French as a second-language education program. Classroom norms and tools reflected a social-interactionist and social-constructivist approach with scaffolding, social interaction, multiple modes of representing, holistic,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Needs, Disabilities, Interpersonal Relationship
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Li, Shuai – Language Learning, 2012
This study examined the effects of input-based practice on developing accurate and speedy requests in second-language Chinese. Thirty learners from intermediate-level Chinese classes were assigned to an intensive training group (IT), a regular training group (RT), and a control group. The IT and the RT groups practiced using four Chinese…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Pragmatics, Reading Difficulties, Linguistic Input
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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Baker-Smemoe, Wendy; Cundick, Denisa K.; Evans, Norman; Henrichsen, Lynn; Dewey, Dan P. – Applied Language Learning, 2012
This study investigated the relationship between out-of-class L2 use and proficiency gains in learners of English as a second language (ESL) in an intensive English language program. In contrast to previous studies on this topic, which have found weak, non-existent or even inverse relationships between out-of-class language experience and L2…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), English (Second Language), Language Enrichment, Semi Structured Interviews
Kamiya, Nobuhiro – ProQuest LLC, 2012
A call for a bridge between research and practice is nothing new, yet it seems to be an impossible task to accomplish. Despite the dedicated efforts made by numerous researchers in the past, the world is still largely separate between researchers and teachers. One piece of evidence is that research studies seem to have only a little impact on…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
Rix, Samantha – Journal on English Language Teaching, 2012
This pilot study examines the role of metacognitive awareness as a motivational strategy in second language learning. The paper begins by exploring metacognitive strategies within the general language learning strategy framework, and then zooming in upon "interest enhancement" as a particular strategy that influences motivation and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interviews, English for Academic Purposes
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Jernigan, Justin – English Language Teaching, 2012
Swain's Output Hypothesis proposes a facilitative effect for output on the acquisition of second language morphosyntax. In the context of classroom instruction, a number of studies and reviews suggest that explicit instruction in pragmatic elements promotes development. Other studies have offered less conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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Mukundan, Jayakaran; Mahvelati, Elaheh Hamed; Nimehchisalem, Vahid – English Language Teaching, 2012
Intensive English programs are courses in which students participate in a higher number of classes in a shorter period. The available literature on intensive English courses indicates inconsistent results necessitating further research in this area. This study investigated the effect of an intensive English program on a group of Malaysian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language)
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Alshahrani, Ali; Windeatt, Scott –, 2012
Many intensive English language programmes that English second language (ESL) students enrol in adopt a process approach to writing, interpreting writing as a cognitive process that is highly private or individualistic (Atkinson, 2003), where writers use specific cognitive phases, such as pre-writing, drafting, and revising, to generate their…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Houser, Nicole M. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This dissertation explores how teaching Spanish and English as second languages in the United States has been traditionally defined, the common assumptions that are held about each context, and the influence these assumptions have on instructional practices and student learning. In order to explore how teaching English and Spanish is constructed…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Spanish
Natarelli, Larissa I. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This dissertation focuses on quantum linguistics, a sub-field of philosophy of language, preoccupied with studying of the processes on a virtual drive of the human mind: patterns and dynamics of thoughts, verbal and non-verbal codification, cultural conditioning, and foreign language acquisition. While adopting an educational perspective fitting…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Linguistics, Philosophy, Humanism
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Grgurovic, Maja – CALICO Journal, 2011
Blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and online instruction, is seen as one of the most important recent advances in education (Thorne, 2003). While previous CALL studies have looked at various aspects of blended learning in foreign and second language classes, they have not allowed for a sufficient description of what actually happens…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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