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Saito, Akihiro; Smith, Michael E. – IAFOR Journal of Education, 2017
Higher education is attracting more participation from an increasingly diverse student body. This diversity invites concerns on effective instructional delivery as the extent of students' engagement in learning now varies widely. Anecdotes on students' "undesirable" dispositions in course participation are not uncommon in higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Questionnaires
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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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Hoelscher, Michael – Research in Comparative and International Education, 2017
This article argues that strong interrelations between methodological and theoretical advances exist. Progress in, especially comparative, methods may have important impacts on theory evaluation. By using the example of the "Varieties of Capitalism" approach and an international comparison of higher education systems, it can be shown…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Comparative Education, Research Methodology, Cross Cultural Studies
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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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Park, Siwon – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2017
This paper examines how different test methods may tap different aspects of second language knowledge. It employs multiple-choice (MC) and constructed response (CR) items which yield distinct or convergent information in the computer delivered testing of English in its presentation of this factor. In order to examine the effects of test method, a…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Computer Assisted Testing
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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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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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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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Aubrey, Scott – Language Teaching Research, 2017
Flow represents a state of complete involvement and heightened intensity that leads to improved performance on a task (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975, 1990). The notion of flow has the potential to provide worthwhile insights into the area of task engagement, yet the construct has received relatively little empirical attention by second language…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Oral Language
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Harting, Axel – The EUROCALL Review, 2017
This study explores ways of using Facebook as a tool to improve the pragmatic competence of students of German as a foreign language in Japan. Nine students of a textbook-based German class (CFER level A2) voluntarily participated in this blended learning approach, in which they were assigned weekly online tasks aimed at eliciting speech acts…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Media
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Daniels, Paul; Iwago, Koji – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
As online automatic speech recognition (ASR) engines become more accurate and more widely implemented with call software, it becomes important to evaluate the effectiveness and the accuracy of these recognition engines using authentic speech samples. This study investigates two of the most prominent cloud-based speech recognition engines--Apple's…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Software
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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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Nakayama, Minoru; Mutsuura, Kouichi; Yamamoto, Hiroh – International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2016
Note contents taken by students during a blended learning course were evaluated, to improve the quality of university instruction. To conduct a quantitative comparison of the contents of all notes for effective instruction from lecturer to students to occur, the contents were mathematically compared and evaluated using two ways of summarizing the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Notetaking, Student Evaluation
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Ruegg, Rachael – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2016
This exploratory study investigated the effect of assessing both process and product compared to assessing written products alone. Two groups of students received teacher feedback over a one-year period. One group was assessed on their revisions in addition to the quality of final drafts, while a second group was assessed on the quality of final…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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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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