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Ozawa, Shinya – TESL-EJ, 2018
This survey was conducted to investigate how university students gain or lose confidence in English communicative domains over four years at university. Self-assessment has been a useful instrument for measuring learners' English proficiency, and the students in this study were required to self-assess their confidence levels in TOEIC Can-Do list…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Self Esteem, English (Second Language)
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Fukuta, Junya – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study explored the longitudinal changes of Japanese EFL learners' psychological attributes of unwillingness to speak English in a task-based classroom. Thirty-three university students participated in this study. They engaged in a communicative task once a week for two semesters. They completed a questionnaire examining the psychological…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Thomson, Haidee Elizabeth – TESL-EJ, 2016
Lexical bundles are essential for fluency, but their incompleteness is a stumbling block for learners. In this study, two presentation methods to increase awareness of lexical bundles through explicit noticing are explored and compared with incidental exposure. The three conditions in this study were as follows: noticing with schematic linguistic…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Mihara, Kei – TESL-EJ, 2015
The purpose of the present study is twofold. The first goal is to examine the effects of phonological input on students' vocabulary learning. The second is to discuss how different pre­-listening activities affect students' second language listening comprehension. The participants were first-­year students at a Japanese university. There were two…
Descriptors: Phonology, Linguistic Input, Vocabulary Development, Language Tests
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Yonesaka, Suzanne M.; Tanaka, Hiroya – TESL-EJ, 2013
Japan's government has mandated a shift from traditional to communicative methodologies in secondary English classrooms (Tanabe, 2004), but it is unclear whether this has affected student beliefs about language learning. This study investigates the beliefs of 315 incoming university students at a large private university in Japan from 2006 through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning