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Uchihara, Takumi; Saito, Kazuya – Language Learning Journal, 2019
The current study investigated the extent to which L2 learners' productive vocabulary knowledge could predict multiple dimensions of spontaneous speech production. A total of 39 English as a foreign language (EFL) participants with varying L2 proficiency levels first completed a productive vocabulary knowledge task (Lex30). Their spontaneous…
Descriptors: Nouns, Phrase Structure, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Joyce, Paul – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This paper investigates the effect of using L1 translations versus L2 definitions on the learning and testing of L2 vocabulary recognition knowledge. For this study, 48 Japanese L2 learners of English studied 200 lexical items from the academic word list (AWL) over a 10-week period. To support their learning, the participants were provided with…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Japanese, Translation, Definitions
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Ruegg, Rachael – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Literature from education, educational psychology and second language acquisition has consistently found that self-efficacy is a key factor leading to increased language learning success. Students with more self-efficacy are claimed to have higher motivation and to expend more effort in the learning process. On the other hand, those with less…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Inoue, Chihiro – Language Learning Journal, 2016
The constructs of complexity, accuracy and fluency (CAF) have been used extensively to investigate learner performance on second language tasks. However, a serious concern is that the variables used to measure these constructs are sometimes used conventionally without any empirical justification. It is crucial for researchers to understand how…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Syntax, Accuracy, Task Analysis
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Houghton, Stephanie Ann – Language Learning Journal, 2013
This article reports on an action research case study conducted at a university in Japan, which explored how student identity-development can be made visible in potentially assessable ways through materials design in intercultural communicative competence (ICC)-oriented foreign language education. It suggests that identity-development can be…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Willis, Martin; Ohashi, Yoshie – Language Learning Journal, 2012
Vocabulary is an essential component of language. It is central to reading ability, writing ability and listening ability, and the most important aspect of second-language (L2) knowledge for academic achievement. The aim of this paper is to investigate quantitatively some of the factors that make some L2 words more difficult to learn and retain…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Writing Ability, Reading Ability, Vocabulary Development