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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
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Makrakis, Vassilios – Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 2012
With the development of science and technology, a basically optimistic ideology of progress has emerged. This deterministic attitude has been challenged in recent decades as a result of harmful side-effects generated by the way technology and science have been approached and used. The study presented here is a part of a larger international and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technological Advancement, Ideology, Political Attitudes
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Sato, Takeshi; Suzuki, Akio – Research-publishing.net, 2012
The aim of this study is to optimize CALL environments as a learning tool rather than a gloss, focusing on the learning of polysemous words which refer to spatial relationship between objects. A lot of research has already been conducted to examine the efficacy of visual glosses while reading L2 texts and has reported that visual glosses can be…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Intentional Learning
Hirose, Hideo – Online Submission, 2011
Teachers often raise a question that whether the lecture questionnaires are necessary or not. In this paper, we first show the recent statistical analysis for the official unsigned questionnaire evaluation results took in our faculty. We have found that: (1) the evaluation scores of lectures by students have been rising up year by year, which…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Course Evaluation
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Ockey, Gary – Language Learning, 2011
Drawing on current theories in personality, second-language (L2) oral ability, and psychometrics, this study investigates the extent to which self-consciousness and assertiveness are explanatory variables of L2 oral ability. Three hundred sixty first-year Japanese university students who were studying English as a foreign language participated in…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Assertiveness, Personality, Statistical Analysis
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Yasuda, Sachiko – Journal of Second Language Writing, 2011
This study examines how novice foreign language (FL) writers develop their genre awareness, linguistic knowledge, and writing competence in a genre-based writing course that incorporates email-writing tasks. To define genre, the study draws on systemic functional linguistics (SFL) that sees language as a resource for making meaning in a particular…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Writing (Composition)
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
Kumazawa, Takaaki – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Although classroom assessment is one of the most frequent practices carried out by teachers in all educational programs, limited research has been conducted to investigate the dependability and validity of criterion-referenced tests (CRTs). The main purpose of this study is to develop a criterion-referenced test for first-year Japanese university…
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Test Construction, Test Validity, English (Second Language)
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Schmitt, Norbert; Ng, Janice Wun Ching; Garras, John – Language Testing, 2011
Although the Word Associates Format (WAF) is becoming more frequently used as a depth-of-knowledge measure, relatively little validation has been carried out on it. This report of two validation studies tackles various important WAF issues yet to be satisfactorily resolved. Study 1 conducted introspective interviews regarding students' WAF…
Descriptors: Scoring, Vocabulary Development, Associative Learning, Validity
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