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Yasuda, Jun-ichro; Mae, Naohiro; Hull, Michael M.; Taniguchi, Masa-aki – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
In this study, we analyze the systematic error from false positives of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI). We compare the systematic errors of question 6 (Q.6), Q.7, and Q.16, for which clearly erroneous reasoning has been found, with Q.5, for which clearly erroneous reasoning has not been found. We determine whether or not a correct response to a…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, College Science, Physics
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Long, Robert W., III. – English Language Teaching, 2018
For many sociolinguists, the issue of shyness and hesitation phenomenon has been problematic for Japanese L1 and L2 speakers, particularly in gendered interactions. Over the past decade, more Japanese are shunning conversations, relationships, and isolating themselves, which is accelerating the demographic crisis in Japan. Thus, this paper focuses…
Descriptors: Japanese, Syntax, Shyness, Interpersonal Communication
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Mikami, Hitoshi; Leung, Chi Yui; Yoshikawa, Lisa – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
The following question has yet to be answered by researchers: when does anxiety have a systematic downward bias on foreign language (FL) reading test scores? The results of the correlation and regression analyses conducted in this study indicate that, at least in the case of university-level English learners in Japan, anxiety-induced bias occurs…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Test Anxiety
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Ashwell, Tim; Elam, Jesse R. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
The ultimate aim of our research project was to use the Google Web Speech API to automate scoring of elicited imitation (EI) tests. However, in order to achieve this goal, we had to take a number of preparatory steps. We needed to assess how accurate this speech recognition tool is in recognizing native speakers' production of the test items; we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Rodgers, Michael P. H.; Webb, Stuart – CALICO Journal, 2017
The Multimedia Principle (Fletcher & Tobias, 2005) states that people learn better and comprehend more when words and pictures are presented together. The potential for English language learners to increase their comprehension of video through the use of captions, which graphically display the same language as the spoken dialogue, has been…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Video Technology
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Kitazoe, Noriko; Fujita, Naofumi; Izumoto, Yuji; Terada, Shin-ichi; Hatakenaka, Yuhei – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the individuals in the general population with high scores on the Autism Spectrum Quotient constituted a single homogeneous group or not. A cohort of university students (n = 4901) was investigated by cluster analysis based on the original five subscales of the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Based on…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Multivariate Analysis, College Students
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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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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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Iino, Atsushi; Yabuta, Yukiko; Nakamura, Yoichi – Research-publishing.net, 2016
The purpose of this study is to find the effects of using Videoconferencing (VC) as a tool for foreign language instructions in a semester long research study. The research questions focus on the effects of VC (1) on speaking skills, and (2) on general proficiency scores. English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners in a university in Japan were…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Second Language Instruction
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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
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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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Fujii, Kazuma – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The purpose of this paper is to explore the effective use of the core schema-based instruction (SBI) in a classroom setting. The core schema is a schematic representation of the common underlying meaning of a given lexical item, and was first proposed on the basis of the cognitive linguistic perspectives by the Japanese applied linguists Tanaka,…
Descriptors: Schemata (Cognition), Teaching Methods, Translation, Instructional Effectiveness
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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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