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Ashwell, Tim; Elam, Jesse R. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
The ultimate aim of our research project was to use the Google Web Speech API to automate scoring of elicited imitation (EI) tests. However, in order to achieve this goal, we had to take a number of preparatory steps. We needed to assess how accurate this speech recognition tool is in recognizing native speakers' production of the test items; we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Milliner, Brett – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
Many research studies into Extensive reading (ER) have recognized its potential for improving language learners' reading proficiency and other language skills. However, some recent reviews of ER research (e.g., Waring & McLean 2015; Nakanishi, 2015; Mori, 2015) have argued for more refinement in research design so that ER research can be more…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yonesaka, Suzanne M. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
Receiving adequate pronunciation feedback is an ongoing challenge for L2 learners. Although instructors are the most important source of corrective pronunciation feedback (Szpyra, 2014; Timson, 2007), L2 learners can also benefit from peer pronunciation feedback (Lord, 2008; Kim & Yoon, 2014; Roccamo, 2015). This paper examines Japanese…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Peer Influence, Second Language Learning, College Students
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Guo, Sijia; Möllering, Martina – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
This case study aimed to explore best practice in applying task-based language teaching (TBLT) via a Web-conferencing tool, Blackboard Collaborate, in a beginners' online Chinese course by evaluating the pedagogical values and limitations of the software and the tasks designed. Chapelle's (2001) criteria for computer-assisted language learning…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Chinese
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Nesbitt, Dallas; Müller, Amanda – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
Educational digital games are often presented at Technology in Language Education conferences. The games are entertaining and are backed by research detailing how games can improve the learning experience through active critical learning, learner interaction, competition, challenge, and high learner motivation. The authors, inspired by such…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Games, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Hosogoshi, Kyoko – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
Captions and subtitles as a form of scaffolding for audiovisual materials has gained much attention in second or foreign language (L2) learning in recent years and various studies report their positive effects on learners' listening comprehension. However, few attempts have been made to investigate how textual information specifically affects the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Listening Skills
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Toland, Sean H.; Mills, Daniel J.; Kohyama, Megumi – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
In universities throughout Japan, English language learners are required to stand in front of their peers and make a presentation with the aid of software such as Microsoft PowerPoint. This type of public speaking activity can often be an anxiety-inducing, glorified reading or memorization exercise of text-heavy slides that fails to meet the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Anxiety, Memorization
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Goh, Shu Li – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
The rapid progress of technology has revolutionized learning and in the field of computer assisted language learning, the use of digital games has expanded significantly. One type of game that has been attracting interest is massively multiplayer online role-playing games (henceforth MMORPGs). Recent research has drawn attention to the potential…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Role Playing, Computer Games, Second Language Learning
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Tran, Phuong – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
Mobile phone ownership among university students in Vietnam has reached almost 100%, exceeding that of Internet-capable desktop computers. This has made them increasingly popular to allow learners to carry out learning activities outside of the classroom, but some studies have suggested that learners are not always willing to engage in activities…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Vocabulary Development, College Students, Foreign Countries
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Uehara, Suwako; Noriega, Edgar Josafat Martinez – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
The availability of user-friendly coding software is increasing, yet teachers might hesitate to use this technology to develop for educational needs. This paper discusses studies related to technology for educational uses and introduces an evaluation application being developed. Through questionnaires by student users and open-ended discussion by…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Coding
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Mindog, Emily – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
This study explores, describes and analyzes the utilization of smartphone apps by four Japanese university students to support learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Findings indicate that intermediate language learners use apps to access content and communicate on SNS and are not keen on studying discrete language parts. Participants…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Software
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Ko, Chao-Jung – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
This study aims to clarify the relationship between task types and foreign language learners' social presence (SP) in text-based SCMC learning modes. The participants in this study comprised 38 high-intermediate level English as a foreign language (EFL) learners from different disciplines of a university in Taiwan. They were divided into two…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication
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Chen, Cheryl Wei-yu – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
The current study reports on a group of Taiwanese college students' first-person diary accounts of their private, transactional listening activities outside the classroom. Issues related to students' material selection, listening problems, and perceived usefulness of keeping a listening diary were explored. It was found that most students chose…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Audiovisual Instruction, Diaries, Student Attitudes
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Stanley, Iain – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This study was undertaken to examine the influence that a set of Professional Development (PD) initiatives had on faculty use of Moodle, a well-known Course Management System. The context of the study was a private university in Japan that specializes in languages. Specifically, it aimed to identify the way in which the PD initiatives adhered to…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Technology Uses in Education, Database Management Systems, Courseware
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Tanaka, Hiroya; Oki, Nanaho – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This practical paper discusses the effect of explicit instruction to raise Japanese EFL learners' pragmatic awareness using online discourse completion tasks. The five-part tasks developed by the authors use American TV drama scenes depicting particular speech acts and include explicit instruction in these speech acts. 46 Japanese EFL college…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Metalinguistics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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