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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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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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Son, Jeong-Bae; Park, Sang-Soon; Park, Moonyoung – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
This article discusses the concept of digital literacy and presents a digital literacy questionnaire containing questions related to the use of digital technologies and the level of digital literacy skills. It also reports the results of two studies that used the digital literacy questionnaire to investigate the digital literacy level of 100…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Foreign Countries, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Kelsen, Brent; Flowers, Simeon – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
This article examines personality and participation in an online intercultural exchange (OIE) between 57 university students in Japan (n = 28) and Taiwan (n = 29). The two-month OIE used Facebook (FB) as the medium of communication. During the online exchange, participants communicated linguistically using English as their common language and…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Personality Measures, Computer Mediated Communication, Program Descriptions
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Cote, Travis J.; Milliner, Brett – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
Study abroad programs provide an excellent opportunity for students to accelerate their language learning and acquire cultural capital (Byram & Feng, 2006). Research into returnees from a variety of study abroad programs, however, has revealed that this is not always the case (e.g., Kinginger, 2011; Sato & Hodge, 2015; Yoshimitsu, 2009).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, College Freshmen, Student Surveys
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Daniels, Paul; Iwago, Koji – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
As online automatic speech recognition (ASR) engines become more accurate and more widely implemented with call software, it becomes important to evaluate the effectiveness and the accuracy of these recognition engines using authentic speech samples. This study investigates two of the most prominent cloud-based speech recognition engines--Apple's…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Software
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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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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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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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Heffernan, Neil; Otoshi, Junko – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
This paper reports on a classroom-based inquiry using quantitative methods conducted with Japanese EFL students' writing practice using ETS's Criterion. The purpose of the study is to examine the actual effects of teachers' feedback on students' writing on Criterion. Twelve university students in Japan participated in this study, while completing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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Flowers, Simeon – JALT CALL Journal, 2015
Motivation is an important topic among language teachers in Japan. Collins and Hunt (2011) observed increases in Japanese university student's motivation as a result of collaborative learning and cooperative learning programs. This paper continues in this line of inquiry through a quantitative study of motivation in the context of computer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Friendship, Cooperative Learning
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