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García Laborda, Jesús; Litzler, Mary Frances – Online Submission, 2017
This action research based case study addresses the situation of a first year class of Business English students at Universidad de Alcalá and their attitudes towards using Web 2.0 tools and social media for language learning. During the semester, the students were asked to collaborate in the creation and use of some tools such as blogs, video…
Descriptors: Business English, Business Communication, Case Studies, Second Language Learning
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Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Robles, Valencia – Online Submission, 2017
Computer based testing has become a prevailing tendency in education. Each year, a large number of students take online language tests everywhere in the world. In fact, there is a tendency to make these tests more and more used due to their low cost of delivery. However, many students are forced to take them despite their interests, feelings and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Questionnaires
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Pracana, Clara, Ed.; Wang, Michael, Ed. – Online Submission, 2016
We are delighted to welcome you to the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT) 2016, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 30 of April to 2 of May, 2016. Psychology, nowadays, offers a large range of scientific fields where it can be applied. The goal of understanding individuals and groups (mental functions and…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2016
This research addresses the change in how the Spanish University Entrance Examination can be delivered in the future. There is a wide acknowledgement that computer tests are very demanding for the delivering institutions which makes computer language testing difficult to implement. However, the use of tablet PCs can facilitate the delivery at even…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests
Litzler Jerman, Mary Frances; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2016
This paper discusses the results of a study conducted with 218 students in the final year of high school to determine their opinions about the feasibility of using a tablet PC for delivery of a standardized English language test. One such test could be the English paper of the exam given to students upon completion of the Baccalaureate program in…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Handheld Devices, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; García Esteban, Soraya – Online Submission, 2016
Anthropology has paid close attention to linguistic interaction and foreign language learning. This study approaches the use of dialogic learning that has strong roots in anthropology, sociology and applied linguistics. Following earlier research on teaching content in English in different subjects of teacher training through dialogic interaction,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction, English (Second Language)
Hughes, Stephen P.; Tulimirovic, Bojana – Online Submission, 2015
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are firmly established in language learning contexts, yet there are still many questions in relation to how widely they are employed and, indeed, how useful they are in developing all aspects of communicative competence. With a cohort of four teachers and one hundred students, this study examines…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Pronunciation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Sandoval Brotons, Alfonso Victor – Online Submission, 2015
Bilingualism and its reference methodology: CLIL are spreading at a very fast pace all through educative systems from some years on. The young status of bilingual programmes leads to little research about how bilingualism is influencing real learning contexts and which factors play important roles in that influence. In this way, this study aims to…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Teaching Methods, Course Content, Language of Instruction
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Berber, Aslihan; García Laborda, Jesús – Online Submission, 2015
There are different opinions about using technology in the assessment field of education regarding computer-assisted assessments. People have some concerns such as its application, reliability and so on. It seems that those concerns may decrease with the developing technology in the following years since computer-based testing programs are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Computer Assisted Testing, Teacher Attitudes
Amengual-Pizarro, Marian; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2015
This study is an attempt to explore the nature of L2 teachers' motivation towards English language learning and their decision to become English teachers. A total of 45 third-year prospective Primary school English teachers at the University of the Balearic Islands completed a small-scale survey adapted from Gardner's Attitude/Motivation Test…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
Litzler, Mary Frances; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2015
Designing tests is a sophisticated task due to issues such as rubrics, validation and impact. Delivery has become another key issue in recent years. Recent research projects in Spain (García Laborda et al.s, 2010, García Laborda, 2012; García Laborda et al., 2014; Bueno Alastuey et al., 2014) have been working mainly with technological devices as…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing
Oh, Hyerim; Sutherland, Margaret; Stack, Niamh; del Mar Badia, Maria; Blumen, Sheyla; Nguyen Quoc, Anh-Thu; Wormald, Catherine; Maakrun, Julie; Baier, Barbara; Schmidt, Martha; Ziegler, Albert – Online Submission, 2014
This cross-national scenario based study examined fourth-grade students' perceptions of high-performing classmates in terms of their expected intellectual abilities, positive social qualities and popularity among their peers across seven countries. The overall results show that high academic achievements predominantly lead to positive expectations…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, High Achievement
Lukaš, Mirko; Samardžic, Darko – Online Submission, 2014
The aim of this paper is to provide an objective overview of the impact of teacher salaries on the educational achievements of students. It is often debated about teacher salaries and improvement or jeopardizing their standard, but educational consequences that may ensue as a result of these intentions are rarely addressed. Teacher's role in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Academic Achievement, Teacher Salaries, Foreign Countries
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Litzler, Mary Frances – Online Submission, 2014
Many people in Spain are studying English in order to find jobs in this country or to migrate as a result of the economic crisis. Language classes, however, are limited in duration and are often not enough to enable students to progress as much as they would like to. Language learners have to spend a considerable amount of time out of class…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response), Foreign Countries
Litzler, Mary Frances; Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Halbach, Ana – Online Submission, 2012
Background: Students at the Universidad de Alcala need batteries of learning objects and exercises. Although student textbooks tend to include a wide range of additional exercises, students in advanced linguistics and language courses require learning objects to obtain additional practice. Online repositories offer excellent opportunities for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Instructional Materials
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