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Vila, Ruth; Rubio, M. Jose; Aneas, Assumpta – Online Submission, 2018
The religious diversity in Catalonia is a challenge for the coexistence in the public space and for the education of future educators. This article emphasizes the challenge of religious diversity in the educational context, analyzing which attitudes have the educational agents of the future towards: a) the religious diversity, b) the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Pluralism, Religious Cultural Groups, Intergroup Relations
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García Laborda, Jesús; Alcalde Peñalver, Elena – Online Submission, 2018
Despite the increasing importance of language testing, technology design matters related to testing have hardly been addressed in academic research, yet not enough has been written on test-taking anxiety related to computerized speaking tests. Although students nowadays are digital natives, in our experience they seem to experience a significant…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, High Stakes Tests, Internet
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García Laborda, Jesús; Litzler, Mary Frances – Online Submission, 2017
This action research based case study addresses the situation of a first year class of Business English students at Universidad de Alcalá and their attitudes towards using Web 2.0 tools and social media for language learning. During the semester, the students were asked to collaborate in the creation and use of some tools such as blogs, video…
Descriptors: Business English, Business Communication, Case Studies, Second Language Learning
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Amengual Pizarro, Marian; García Laborda, Jesús – Online Submission, 2017
The main aim of this study was to examine the most relevant motivating factors (i.e. intrinsic, extrinsic and altruistic) influencing pre-service English school teachers to choose teaching as their profession. A small questionnaire was administered to 73 third-year student teachers at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). Results indicate…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Ries, Francis; Yanes Cabrera, Cristina; González Carriedo, Ricardo – Online Submission, 2016
Governments and multilateral organizations frequently employ comparative studies, which are receiving increased attention in the contemporary process of globalization. Within the assessment of educational policies, this comparison is used to define the parameters of quality and the models of efficiency, and it allows us to see the roles that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Secondary School Teachers, Masters Degrees
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2016
This research addresses the change in how the Spanish University Entrance Examination can be delivered in the future. There is a wide acknowledgement that computer tests are very demanding for the delivering institutions which makes computer language testing difficult to implement. However, the use of tablet PCs can facilitate the delivery at even…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; García Esteban, Soraya – Online Submission, 2016
Anthropology has paid close attention to linguistic interaction and foreign language learning. This study approaches the use of dialogic learning that has strong roots in anthropology, sociology and applied linguistics. Following earlier research on teaching content in English in different subjects of teacher training through dialogic interaction,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction, English (Second Language)
Castaño, Carlos; Maiz, Inmaculada; Garay, Urtza – Online Submission, 2015
MOOCs are seen as the latest evolution in online learning and, since their launch in 2008, they have become an integral part of university course curricula. Despite the social success of these courses, the learning design and efficacy of their results have been questioned. Most current research has focused more on discussing their potential to…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Berber, Aslihan; García Laborda, Jesús – Online Submission, 2015
There are different opinions about using technology in the assessment field of education regarding computer-assisted assessments. People have some concerns such as its application, reliability and so on. It seems that those concerns may decrease with the developing technology in the following years since computer-based testing programs are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Computer Assisted Testing, Teacher Attitudes
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Luque Agullo, Gloria; Muñoz, Ana Isabel; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2015
The debate over the Foreign Language Test (English) in the University Entrance Examination (PAU) has become a critical issue in the Spanish Educational system. Despite the Ministry of Education's interest in changing a test that has its strong emphasis on reading, writing and grammar but a general negligence towards listening and speaking, limited…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Entrance Examinations, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
García Laborda, Jesús; Otero de Juan, Nuria; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2015
The Ministry of Education is changing how Spanish University Entrance Examination (PAU) will be delivered in 2017. To test the construct, experimental oral interviews with potential candidates of the PAU were done. Purpose of Study: The research observed whether paired interviews favored the delivery and organization of the PAU test and if this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interviews, Foreign Students, College Students
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Bejarano, Luis G.; Otero de Juan, Nuria; Litzler, Mary Frances; Megias Rosa, Manuel – Online Submission, 2014
Problem Statement: One of the most frequently neglected aspects of testing is teachers' attitudes. Overall, in-service teachers may have a preconception of what testing means and what its implications are both in high and low stakes testing. However, very few studies have addressed the realities or opinions of pre-service teachers. Methods: Two…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects
Eser, Oktay – Online Submission, 2014
At the department of foreign language teaching, a variety of courses are offered in order for students to acquire translation competence. The courses are often carried out by translating a text from one language into the other. Learning by experience is an effective approach. However, it is inevitable that there are some aspects that we need to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Translation, Foreign Countries
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Litzler, Mary Frances – Online Submission, 2014
Journals and diaries have been used in many different kinds of courses in a variety of disciplines so that students can reflect on their learning experience and make it more personal. This paper involves a modified version of diaries in which students briefly record the work they have done using English as a foreign language or coming into contact…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Satisfaction, Independent Study, Second Language Learning
Moreno Minguez, Almudena – Online Submission, 2013
This paper reflects the ambiguous concept of employability and its use as an instrument to fight against youth unemployment. Generally, this concept refers to educational capital which workers acquire to enhance their possibilities of being employed and productive, without taking into account factors, such as sex, nationality, the social class…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employment Potential, Labor Market, Youth Employment
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