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Mora Piedra, Marco Antonio – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to examine the impact of Web multimodality plus dialogical interactions in the acquisition and retention of novel lexical items among EFL students under a social constructionist framework. The lexical acquisition of 107 1st-year English majors at the University of Costa Rica was analyzed through…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Regression (Statistics), Control Groups, Qualitative Research
O'Neill, Errol Marinus – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Online translation (OT) sites such as Free Translation and Babel Fish are freely available to the general public and purport to convert inputted text, from single words to entire paragraphs, instantly from one language to another. Discussion in the literature about OT for second-language (L2) acquisition has generally focused either on the…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Translation, Computational Linguistics
Sadiq, Irfan – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The present state of physics teaching and learning is a reflection of the difficulty of the subject matter which has resulted in students' low motivation toward physics as well as lack of meaningful and deeper learning experiences. In light of an overall decline in interest in physics, an investigation of alternate teaching and learning methods…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Pretests Posttests, Physics, Motivation
Boulter, Marla Lynn – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study examined the influence of instructor-facilitated Socratic questioning in online discussions on the critical thinking skills of undergraduate students enrolled in a proprietary institution with nonselective admissions criteria. A sample of students was purposively selected from two sections of an online introductory business course, with…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking, Content Analysis