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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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Kikuchi, Keita – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2017
Twenty Japanese university freshmen majoring in International Studies (N = 4) and Nursing (N = 16) participated in a 10-month project examining changes in their motivation. Using monthly focus group interviews and a 35-item questionnaire, the dynamic systems of various types of learners of English over two semesters were explored. Trajectories of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), College Freshmen, Journal Writing, Qualitative Research
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Hagley, Eric – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
Extensive graded reading (EGR) was carried out with a cohort of 600 engineering students in a university in northern Japan. Pre-and post-surveys were conducted to discover changes in the general reading habits of students, their attitudes toward the assessment method and how goals changed over the course of study. The first survey was carried out…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Engineering Education, Reading Instruction
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Sakurai, Nobuko – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2017
This paper explored the effects of the amount of extensive reading (ER) on writing ability. Participants were 157 first and second-year non-English majors at a private university in Japan who took a writing test in class. Some of them were reading extensively, while others had no experience in ER. The outcomes of Pearson's correlation indicated…
Descriptors: Correlation, Reading Writing Relationship, Scores, Vocabulary Development
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Mitsugi, Makoto – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of two instruction methods for teaching polysemous English prepositions ("at, in, on") and to explore learners' perception on learning tools used in the instruction when learning polysemous words. The first study investigated the effectiveness of schema-based instruction…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Majors (Students), Second Language Learning
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Lambert, Craig; Philp, Jenefer; Nakamura, Sachiko – Language Teaching Research, 2017
This study investigates the benefits of designing second language (L2) learning tasks to operate on learner-generated content (related to actual content in their lives and experiences) as opposed to teacher-generated content typical of current approaches to L2 task design (fictitious ideas and events created to provide an opportunity for…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Task Analysis, Language Usage, Second Language Instruction
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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
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Runnels, Judith – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
Since its release in 1979 the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication) has been consistently and widely used by educational institutions and companies of Japan despite criticisms that it provides little useable information about language ability. In order to both reduce the extreme focus on and also aid with the practical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Curriculum, Language Tests, Second Language Learning
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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Selke, Raimond; Sekiguchi, Tomoki; Moehle, Ashlyn; Elsharqawy, Abdelrahman; Streich, Philip – IAFOR Journal of Education, 2016
The present study discusses the findings from a survey of BA students in their 3rd year or higher, as well as MA degree program students, regarding their perception of Western corporate culture and internationalisation in relation to their foreign language major. The students surveyed (n = 445) belong to one of 24 different foreign language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
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Mori, S.; Tanabe, Y. – English Language Teaching, 2015
160 non-English major students studying at a four-year university and 193 English major students studying at a career college of foreign language in Japan completed a questionnaire regarding instruction and instructor personality. The purpose of the current study was to examine whether the students' instructional and personality ratings predicted…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Personality, Teacher Characteristics
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Asano, Tadayoshi; Yamaoka, Michio – Studies in Higher Education, 2015
The authors administered a Japanese version of the Test of Understanding in College Economics, the fourth edition (TUCE-4) to assess the economic literacy of Japanese undergraduate students in 2006 and 2009. These two test results were combined to investigate students' cognitive process or reasoning with specific economic concepts and principles…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Cognitive Processes, Economic Factors
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Davies, Renaud Jonathan – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This study explores the role voice microblogging-based activities play in developing learners' spoken production skills. The study involved 33 low-intermediate level university students majoring in English at a private university in Japan. The voice microblogging application used in the study was Bubbly, a cross-platform social networking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Technology
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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
Nakanishi, Takayuki; Ueda, Atsuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of extensive reading (ER) and shadowing on performance on reading comprehension tests. This study addressed the following research questions: (a) Can extensive reading improve students' reading comprehension? and (b) can shadowing enhance the effects of extensive reading? The participants in the…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests