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Oda Nuske, Tomoko – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Study abroad is an under-researched domain of language learning. Moreover, most investigations of this phenomenon adopt traditional structuralist approaches, wherein outcomes of study abroad are assessed solely in terms of proficiency gains as measured through conventional exams. The present study builds upon an emerging body of poststructuralist…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Students, Self Concept, English (Second Language)
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Ishimoto, Michi; Davenport, Glen; Wittmann, Michael C. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Student views of force and motion reflect the personal experiences and physics education of the student. With a different language, culture, and educational system, we expect that Japanese students' views on force and motion might be different from those of American students. The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE) is an instrument used…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Physics, Motion, Comparative Analysis
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Bower, Jack Victor; Rutson-Griffiths, Arthur – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2016
A strong relationship between L2 vocabulary knowledge and L2 reading and listening comprehension is well established. However, less research has been conducted to explore correlations between pedagogic interventions to increase vocabulary knowledge and score gains on standardized L2 proficiency tests. This study addresses this gap in the research…
Descriptors: Correlation, Computer Software, Scores, Language Tests
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Hamada, Yo – Language Teaching Research, 2016
This study examines common claims associated with shadowing. Studies in Japan conclude that shadowing is effective for improving learners' listening skills. Two common claims are that shadowing is effective for lower-proficiency learners and that it enhances learners' phoneme perception, thus improving listening comprehension skills. The former…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Koyama, Dennis; Sun, Angela; Ockey, Gary J. – Language Learning & Technology, 2016
Multiple-choice formats remain a popular design for assessing listening comprehension, yet no consensus has been reached on how multiple-choice formats should be employed. Some researchers argue that test takers must be provided with a preview of the items prior to the input (Buck, 1995; Sherman, 1997); others argue that a preview may decrease the…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, Statistical Analysis, Language Proficiency
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Fukuta, Junya – Language Teaching Research, 2016
Task repetition facilitates learners' performance, at least temporarily: Since learners are already familiar with the content of the task at the initial enactment, they are capable of focusing their attention on linguistic form during the following enactment. However, the analysis in previous studies treated various aspects of "form" as…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Burrows, Lance; Holsworth, Michael – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2016
This study is a quantitative, quasi-experimental investigation focusing on the effects of word recognition training on word recognition fluency, reading speed, and reading comprehension for 151 Japanese university students at a lower-intermediate reading proficiency level. Four treatment groups were given training in orthographic, phonological,…
Descriptors: Word Recognition, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Phonology
Katada, Fusa – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2016
The current wave of globalization aided by ubiquitous computing necessarily involves interaction and integration among people and human institutions worldwide. This has led to a worldwide awareness that professionals in academia need to have effective communication skills. Such communication-driven academic discourse puts much demand on language…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Role
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Kamimura, Taeko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
A study was conducted to examine the differences in narrative essays produced by skilled and unskilled EFL student writers. Twenty-six Japanese university students participated in the study. They were told to write a narrative story based on six-frame pictures. The students were classified into two groups, skilled and unskilled, according to the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Munezane, Yoko – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This article examines the relative effects of two treatments--goal setting and visualization--on enhancing Willingness to Communicate (WTC) among a group of 373 Japanese university EFL learners. Although longitudinal studies in both EFL and ESL settings have been conducted to examine the developmental aspect of WTC, no solid results of enhancing…
Descriptors: Visualization, Goal Orientation, Second Language Learning, Statistical Analysis
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Nakata, Tatsuya – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2015
Although expanding spacing is often regarded as the most effective practice schedule, studies comparing equal and expanding spacing have yielded mixed results. The present study set out to examine whether the amount of spacing and the retention interval may influence the effects of expanding and equal spacing on second language (L2) vocabulary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Statistical Analysis, Effect Size
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Chung, Bohyon – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
This paper reports on the perception of Korean EFL learners toward feedback types on their written errors. The survey was administered using an adopted questionnaire from previous studies (Ishii 2011; Leki, 1991). This further allows a comparison of Korean EFL learners' attitudes with the responses to an identical questionnaire by Japanese EFL…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Feedback (Response), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Leaper, David A.; Riazi, Mehdi – Language Testing, 2014
This paper reports an investigation into how the prompt may influence the discourse of group oral tests. The group oral test, in which three or four participants are rated on their ability to discuss a prompt, is a format for assessing the spoken ability of language learners. In this study, 141 Japanese university students were videoed in 41 group…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Prompting
Kameo, Nahoko – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The dissertation examines how Japanese university scientists in the biosciences responded to legal and institutional changes in academic entrepreneurship. Beginning in the 1990s, the Japanese government initiated a series of policy initiatives that attempted to imitate the U.S. academic environment's approach to promoting entrepreneurship. Using…
Descriptors: Universities, Entrepreneurship, Trust (Psychology), Scientists
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