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Nuttall, Lee – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This report discusses why Japan continues to struggle with and appears on the surface to be reluctant to embrace the English language as a medium to conduct business and indeed tourism as opposed to their South East Asian neighbours. The topics covered were the historical context of Japan's isolationist policy, Japan's educational system, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yashima, Tomoko; MacIntyre, Peter D.; Ikeda, Maiko – Language Teaching Research, 2018
Recently, situated willingness to communicate (WTC) has received increasing research attention in addition to traditional quantitative studies of trait-like WTC. This article is an addition to the former but unique in two ways. First, it investigates both trait and state WTC in a classroom context and explores ways to combine the two to reach a…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students
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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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Gobel, Peter; Kano, Makimi – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2014
This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a year-long reading while listening (RWL) program run for university first-year students at a private university in Japan. The program was developed to give students practice in listening to a large volume of spoken English--a practice that the majority of Japanese students lack. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Program Implementation, Reading Programs, Listening Skills