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Sabet, Masood Khalili; Babaei, Hamid Reza – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2017
The challenge for many teachers teaching in academic English programs is, on the one hand, to actualize the objectives of their course and on the other hand, prepare their students for the important international tests such as IELTS and TOEFL. The current study seeks to reconcile this challenge by drawing on the relationship between the IELTS…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning
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Ebadi, Saman; Rahimi, Masoud – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2018
The present study explored the impact of WebQuest-based classroom on EFL learners' critical thinking and academic writing skills by collecting and analysing the data through a sequential explanatory mixed-methods approach. Two intact classes, each with ten EFL learners, attending an IELTS course at a language institute in Sanandaj, Iran, took part…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Chong, Sin Wang – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2019
Recent literature on the use of exemplars in the context of higher education has shown that exemplar-based instruction is implemented in various disciplines; nevertheless, how exemplar-based instruction can be implemented in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) writing classrooms in higher education institutions remains under-explored. In this…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Ebadi, Saman; Rahimi, Masoud – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2017
This article reports the results of a sequential explanatory mixed-methods approach to explore the impact of online peer-editing using Google Docs and peer-editing in a face-to-face classroom on EFL learners' academic writing skills. As the study adopted a quasi-experimental design, two intact classes, each with ten EFL learners, attending an…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Skills
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Khoshsima, Hooshang; Saed, Amin; Mousaei, Fatemeh – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2018
Language proficiency tests have become common instruments to judge people based on their performance. Thus, the scores on language proficiency tests, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), play a crucial role in the test-takers' lives. Because of increasing demands on…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Test Wiseness
Ananda, Ririn Putra; Arsyad, Safnil; Dharmayana, I Wayan – Online Submission, 2018
An argument in academic writing is an essential element; it is used to convince readers that the writer's opinion or claim can be acceptable. However, this may be problematic for university students or new writers especially when writing in a language other than their first language such as Indonesians who take an international English writing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Persuasive Discourse
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Schoepp, Kevin – Higher Education Quarterly, 2018
As access to a university education has increased globally, there have also been increases in the number of universities that use English as a medium of instruction (EMI) and in the number of non-English-speaking students studying in English-speaking countries. Correspondingly, the English language proficiency of students studying in EMI…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Yang, Yanxian; Badger, Richard – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2015
IELTS scores are widely used in combination with academic results as a way of judging whether non-English background students should be admitted to degree-level courses in Anglophone contexts. However, successful study at university requires more than language competence and intellectual ability and international students often seem to start from…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Socialization, Asians, Second Language Learning
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Ping, Rebecca Lee Su – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2014
Past research has found that many pre-university L2 learners, having completed an Intensive English Program (IEP) still have difficulty in undertaking various disciplines in English-speaking tertiary institutions and continue to exhibit numerous linguistic problems (Bialystok, 2001, Celce Murcia 2001). The purpose of this paper is to present the…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Cognitive Style, English (Second Language), Intensive Language Courses
Arcuino, Cathy Lee T. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine if the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are related to academic success defined by final cumulative grade point average (GPA). The data sample, from three Midwestern universities, was comprised of international graduate students who…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Müller, Amanda – Higher Education Research and Development, 2015
This paper attempts to demonstrate the differences in writing between International English Language Testing System (IELTS) bands 6.0, 6.5 and 7.0. An analysis of exemplars provided from the IELTS test makers reveals that IELTS 6.0, 6.5 and 7.0 writers can make a minimum of 206 errors, 96 errors and 35 errors per 1000 words. The following section…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Tests, Scores
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Erfani, Shiva Seyed – English Language Teaching, 2012
One consequence of test use in the English-language teaching community is the negative washback of tests on teaching and learning. Test preparation courses are often seen as part of the more general issue of washback. IELTS and TOEFL iBT tests, focusing on communicative competence, are anticipated to have positive washback effect on how English is…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Testing Problems
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Hamdan, Jihad M.; Al-Hawamdeh, Rose Fowler – Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 2018
This empirical study examines the extent to which 'face', i.e. (audio visual dialogues), affects the listening comprehension of advanced Jordanian EFL learners in a TOFEL-like test, as opposed to its absence (i.e. a purely audio test) which is the current norm in many English language proficiency tests, including but not limited to TOFEL iBT,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Advanced Students
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Pang, Alvin – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
John Read is about to retire as Professor in Applied Language Studies at the University of Auckland. He previously taught applied linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Victoria University of Wellington, the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, the University of Texas El Paso,…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Alzahrani, Mohsen – Journal on English Language Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this phenomenological study is to investigate the challenges and barriers that Saudi graduate students experience with the English entrance exam, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The sample of this study consisted of six Saudi graduate students and two English teachers from two different English schools in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Barriers, Graduate Students, English (Second Language)
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