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Gan, Zhengdong; Stapleton, Paul; Yang, Chi Cheung Ruby – Applied Language Learning, 2015
A much under-researched issue in higher education is the extent to which English-medium university courses help students improve their English proficiency in an ESL context. Adopting a longitudinal, mixed methods design in which quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed, the current study tracked English language improvement,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Longitudinal Studies
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Agazade, Ali Sidki; Vefali, Gulsen Musayeva – Applied Language Learning, 2014
In recent decades, there has been a plethora of studies on language learning strategies (LLS hereafter). However, the research to date has mostly examined students' views on LLS, and there are few studies reflecting teachers' views. In contrast, this study surveyed 257 EFL students and 12 teachers to explore their views on the frequency and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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McCollum, Daniel L. – Applied Language Learning, 2003
Measured self-efficacy and learning goal orientation in the foreign language learning domain. Investigated relationships between self-efficacy, learning goal orientation, and foreign language achievement. Students studying German at Pennsylvania State University completed the new instrument--the Measure of Foreign Language Achievement (MOFLAP).…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Educational Objectives, German
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Hinkel, Eli – Applied Language Learning, 2001
Presents a comparative analysis of median frequency rates of explicit cohesive devices employed in academic texts of students who were speakers of English, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, and Arabic. Specific focus is on cohesive devices, such as phrase-level coordinators, sentence transitions, logical-semantic conjunctions, demonstrative pronouns,…
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Higher Education
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Gonzalez-Bueno, Manuela – Applied Language Learning, 2001
Proposes a model for the inclusion of a pronunciation teaching unit within second language/foreign language teacher preparation programs. A pilot course was offered at the University of Kansas in 1998. It was expected that this component would give prospective language teachers the requisite background for making decisions concerning pronunciation…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Language Teachers, Models, Pronunciation Instruction
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Wilhelm, Kim Hughes; Rivers, Marilyn – Applied Language Learning, 2001
Focuses on the evolution of an assessment scheme implemented in an English for academic purposes (EAP) process writing course that sought to meet the assessment needs of three different audiences: learners, teachers, outsiders. Assessment plans and revisions are described. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Process Approach (Writing)
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Kitajima, Ruy – Applied Language Learning, 2001
Examines whether there is a strong relationship between second language learners' noticing of benefactive auxiliary verbs and their use in communication. Participants were university students who had acquired Japanese at home without receiving any formal instruction. Data were collected in face-to-face interviews, an interpretation task with 20…
Descriptors: College Students, Error Correction, Higher Education, Interviews
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Lee, James F.; Cadierno, Teresa; Glass, William R.; VanPatten, Bill – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Examines the hypothesis that learners focus their attention on lexical instead of grammatical items when processing input for semantic information. The study measured language processing via reconstruction of propositional content and recognition of verb tense within a passage. Results indicate that lexical cues improved reconstruction of a…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Attention, College Students, Grammar
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Dupuy, Beatrice C. – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Surveyed 49 intermediate-level French-as-a-Foreign-Language college students to determine whether they preferred extensive reading or grammar instruction for language acquisition and practice, and why. Students overwhelmingly preferred reading as more pleasurable and more beneficial for language acquisition. They considered grammar instruction…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, College Students, French, Grammar
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Hinkel, Eli – Applied Language Learning, 1994
This study investigated whether 199 advanced nonnative speakers of English attending Ohio State University judged the appropriateness of speech acts of giving thanks in ways similar to those of native speakers. The results showed that speakers of Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Arabic ranked expressions of thanks differently…
Descriptors: College Students, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context
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Feyton, Carine M.; Flaitz, Jeffra J.; LaRocca, Michela A. – Applied Language Learning, 1999
Represents the second phase of a two-phase study examining the effect of heightening learners' general awareness of language learning strategies on student achievement. Findings and implications shed light on the complex but potentially valuable links between learner training and language performance. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Consciousness Raising, French, High Schools
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Shook, David J. – Applied Language Learning, 1999
Provides information regarding the input-to-intake phenomenon by exploring data that were gathered but not analyzed in Shook (1994): reading recalls produced by subjects after reading the input passages. Two levels of Spanish students read reading passages containing one of two different target items under one of three different attention…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Language Tests, Linguistic Input
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Hedgecock, John; Lefkowitz, Natalie – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Examines the performance and perceptions of 100 university-level learners of French as a foreign language, with a view toward exposing the impact of social pressure in the learning environment. Addresses the contradictory nature of learners' perceptions of what it means to "sound good" when speaking French. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Students, French, Higher Education
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Han, Youngju – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Addresses the issue of the reliability of grammaticality judgment tests and explores what it is that they measure (i.e., their construct validity). Various methods of examining their reliability demonstrate that the grammaticality judgment tests used in this study had relatively low reliability. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Construct Validity, English (Second Language), Grammar
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Mecartty, Frances H. – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Examines the relationship between lexical and grammatical knowledge to reading and listening comprehension. University students learning Spanish participated in the study. All participants performed the tests of lexical knowledge and grammatical knowledge respectively. Results suggest both similarities and differences between reading and listening…
Descriptors: College Students, Grammar, Higher Education, Listening Comprehension
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