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Saito, Hiromi – Foreign Language Annals, 2004
To uncover possible barriers to effective communication and learning, this study explored how college-level Japanese English language learners in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) contexts viewed their English teachers and classroom activities. Analysis of 100 questionnaires incorporating quantitative and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), College Students, Student Attitudes
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Al-Jarf, Reima S. – Foreign Language Annals, 2004
This study aimed at finding out whether there were significant differences in achievement between English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) freshman students exposed to traditional in class writing instruction depending on the textbook only, and those exposed to a combination of traditional in-class instruction and Web-based instruction in writing. All…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, English (Second Language)
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Stepp-Greany, Jonita – Foreign Language Annals, 2004
This pilot project was designed to provide professional development to teaching assistants (TAs) and improve undergraduate instruction in an intensive Spanish course through the use of collaboration and experiential instruction. TAs improved their teaching strategies, learned techniques to solve classroom problems, and reported satisfaction from…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teaching Assistants, Faculty Development, Spanish
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Lapkin, Sharon; Swain, Merrill – Foreign Language Annals, 2004
One of the advantages of having students work in pairs on language-related tasks is that teachers and researchers can listen to what the students say as they carry out their assigned tasks. What they say offers insights into the students' beliefs about the target language they are learning and using, and reflects the cognitive processes they use…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Cognitive Processes, Immersion Programs, French
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Berne, Jane E. – Foreign Language Annals, 2004
Numerous studies related to listening comprehension strategies have been published in the past two decades. The present study seeks to build upon two previous reviews of listening comprehension strategies research. Of particular interest in this review are studies dealing with the types of cues used by listeners, the sequence of listening,…
Descriptors: Inferences, Cues, Listening Comprehension, Learning Strategies
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Tschirner, Erwin – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
Communication-based teaching techniques are described that lead German language students from input to output in a stimulating and motivating learning environment. Input activities are most useful for presenting speech acts, vocabulary, and grammar; output activities, for fine-tuning those areas as well as for expanding students' productive…
Descriptors: Class Activities, College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), German
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Robison, Robert E. – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
The Columbus, Ohio, Public Schools Level I Foreign Language Oral Assessment Project is reported. Using a small-group or team approach, the oral production of large numbers of students can be evaluated quickly and efficiently with brief, real-life examples from the body of tasks students have previously been assigned. (18 references) (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Language Skills, Language Tests, Oral Language
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Dodds, Dinah – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
A college advanced speaking course designed with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines is described. Students prepared and performed many communicative tasks, including narrating, describing, hypothesizing, supporting an opinion, debating, and interviewing for a job. Other components include pair and small-group work, audio and videotaping, and pre-…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, College Second Language Programs, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Thomson, Chihiro Kinoshita – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
Communicative language teaching and self-directed learning is discussed, followed by an introduction of an analytical framework for designing a task using Nunan's framework. A case study is reported from the National University of Singapore with 220 first-year Japanese language students. Suggestions are made for course and task designers. (12…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Shires, Nancy P. – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
The computer-mediated discussion list can be both a teaching tool and an evolving path of scholarly communication. A wide-ranging list of lists is provided that includes broad discussions of teaching effectiveness, news from a particular country, first drafts of scholarly articles, etc. Many stress target language use. (three references)…
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Information Networks