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Akatsuka, Yuya – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2019
This study examines Japanese students' awareness regarding critical thinking (CT) attitudes and their attention to building their speaking skills in an EFL context to determine effective CT approaches. The study began with a literature review of CiNii articles and studies from the Web of Science database regarding CT theories and educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Student Attitudes, Language Skills
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Tatsukawa, Keiso – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
This paper aims to clarify the expected oral proficiency level for secondary school English teachers in Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (hereafter MEXT) encourages public secondary school English teachers to reach a threshold level of the Pre-1st Grade of Eiken (an English proficiency test).…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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Chang, Bok-Myung – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
This study aimed to investigate that the language policies of Korea have been changed to meet the needs of the globalized world. The purpose of this research was to examine how English language textbooks reflected the goals of the language policies of Korea for promoting the competences of Korea's young generation to participate in a global…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Global Approach, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Oi, Yoko Suganuma – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
The purpose of the study was twofold. First, it investigated the kinds of writing tasks in textbooks used by senior high school students in Japan. Second, it examined the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels of the writing tasks in English-language textbooks for Japanese senior high school students. The study focused…
Descriptors: Textbooks, High School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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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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Aliakbari, Mohammad; Gheitasi, Mojtaba – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
This study tried to examine the level of anxiety of Iranian high school students in English language exams and their attitudes towards English language learning. Further, relationship between these two variables and the differences between test anxiety and attitude in different genders and majors of study were addressed. Westside Test Anxiety…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Anxiety, High School Students, English (Second Language)
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Poon, Anita Y. K.; Lau, Connie M. Y. – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
Facing a dramatic decline in English standards over the past decade, the Hong Kong Government introduced the "Fine-tuning Medium of Instruction (MOI) policy" in 2010 to address the grievances arising from different sectors in the community. Integrating content and language has become popular in second/foreign language teaching in recent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Standards
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Akase, Masaki; Uenishi, Koji – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
The purposes of this study are (1) to longitudinally measure the receptive vocabulary size (VS) of Japanese EFL senior high school learners; (2) to investigate how the learners develop their VS; and (3) to describe the longitudinal developmental patterns of VS of each learner during their three years of high school. Kasahara's (2005) VS tests, a…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Scores, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language)
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Oi, Yoko Suganuma – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2014
The present study mainly focuses on the topic development in student written production through the consistency between student self-assessment and teacher assessment. In the present study, topic development means "cohesion", "overall organization", and "coherence". It proposes the next hypotheses: (i) Students could…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Assignments, Hypothesis Testing, Evaluation Methods
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Rezaee-Manesh, Najafquli; Tahriri, Abdorreza – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2014
The current mixed-method study probed EFL instructors' mediative knowledge across four different contexts of teaching including language institutes, universities, and senior and junior high schools in Iran. To this end, 181 EFL instructors, 80 males and 101 females, completed mediative closed-questionnaire which composed of twelve items to measure…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kang, Mun-koo; Chang, Hyung-ji – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2014
This study is aimed at ensuring the validity of the Practical English Certification Test (PECT) of the Chung-nam Office of Education (COE) in Korea. Motivated by the demand for a developing localized English test to empower English learning in public education, the COE conducted the PECT for 38,544 students of elementary, middle and high schools…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Tests
Siddiqie, Shamsun Akhter – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The treatment of culture in foreign language textbooks is comparatively a new trend in English Language Teaching (ELT) which is based on the growing consensus that language textbooks should attempt to raise students' awareness of international culture as well as that of their own. Being influenced by this thought, Bangladesh too like many other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness