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Mathieson, Paul – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2017
Though generally under-utilised in spoken English, the passive voice plays a crucial role in formal, written English (Biber et al., 1999). An understanding of how the passive voice operates in English writing is therefore a vital skill for EFL learners in secondary and higher education so that they may be able to both understand and produce fluent…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Verbs, Language Usage
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Fazel, Ismaeil – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2013
After a brief discussion of the importance of publishing in academic journals, this paper provides an overview of studies on writing for publication of NNES (non-native English speaking) writers. Based on the related literature, different language problems facing NNES contributors, from the perspective of both NNES writers and journal editors, as…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Journal Articles, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Zohrabi, Mohammad – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
Program and/or course evaluation is, in fact, one of the essential aspects of any curriculum. It is a kind of quality control in which various aspects of an instructional program are explored. Program evaluation is an attempt in which different elements of a given curriculum are scrutinized in depth. To this end, an evaluator makes every effort to…
Descriptors: Quality Control, Teaching Methods, Course Evaluation, Program Evaluation
Jin, Yan – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The College English Test (CET) is an English language test designed for educational purposes, administered on a very large scale, and used for making high-stakes decisions. This paper discusses the key issues facing the CET during the course of its development in the past two decades. It argues that the most fundamental and critical concerns of…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Language Tests, Measures (Individuals), Graduates
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The Communicative Ability in language testing originates from a theory of language as communication proposed by Hymes (1972) and known as "communicative competence". The literature on language testing suggests that the practicality of communicative language testing (CLT) varies depending on how the instructors and teachers conceptualize…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Foreign Countries, Linguistic Theory
Zohrabi, Mohammad – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2010
In designing an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) course it is necessary that we consider several factors: students' objectives, needs, levels and interests, course and institution's goals, and availability of resources. In this paper it is strived to elucidate the differences between EGP (English for General purposes) and ESP (English for…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Class Activities, Learning Activities, English for Academic Purposes
Tasnimi, Mahshad – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2009
Affective factors seem to play a crucial role in success or failure in second language acquisition. Negative attitudes can reduce learners' motivation and harm language learning, while positive attitudes can do the reverse. Discovering students' attitudes about language will help both teacher and student in teaching learning process. Anxiety is…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Anxiety
Simargool, Nirada – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2008
Because the appearance of the passive construction varies cross linguistically, differences exist in the interlanguage (IL) passives attempted by learners of English. One such difference is the widely studied IL pseudo passive, as in "*new cars must keep inside" produced by Chinese speakers. The belief that this is a reflection of L1 language…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Language Classification, Thai, English (Second Language)
Noormohamadi, Rezvan – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2008
Intellectual (cognitive) development, the emergence of increasingly sophisticated forms or levels of understanding, reasoning, and rationality is an ongoing process of reflection, coordination, and social interaction that begins in early childhood and continues, at least in some cases, long into adulthood (Moshman, 2003). In this process, language…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Native Language, Intellectual Development, Language Acquisition
Zohrabi, Mohammad – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2008
Any curriculum consists of several components: objectives, attitudes, time, students and teachers, needs analysis, classroom activities, materials, study skills, language skills, vocabulary, grammar and assessment. Before setting up a program or course of study, these components should be determined and described in detail. In fact, these elements…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Teacher Role, Study Skills
Lee, Hikyoung – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2008
The Korea Waseda Cross Cultural Distance Learning Project (KWCCDLP) is an endeavor to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural differences of speakers from different backgrounds through the medium of English. The project fully utilizes a student centered approach to learning where learners are the agents. This project aimed at university level…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Second Language Learning, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries