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Azkarai, Agurtzane; García Mayo, María del Pilar – Language Teaching Research, 2017
Research has shown that tasks provide second language (L2) learners with many opportunities to learn the L2. Task repetition has been claimed to benefit L2 learning since familiarity with procedure and/or content gives learners the chance to focus on more specific aspects of language. Most research on task repetition has focused on adult…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Native Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – Language Teaching Research, 2016
Within the field of education, reflective practice has become a very popular concept within teacher education and development programs. The general consensus is that teachers who are encouraged to engage in reflective practice can gain new insight of their practice. There have been similar developments in the field of teaching English to speakers…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Ellis, Rod – Language Teaching Research, 2016
"Focus on form" (FonF) is a central construct in task-based language teaching. The term was first introduced by Michael Long to refer to an approach where learners' attention is attracted to linguistic forms as they engage in the performance of tasks. It contrasts with a structure-based approach--"focus on forms" (FonFs)--where…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language Acquisition, Teaching Methods, Definitions
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Serrano, Raquel; Stengers, Helene; Housen, Alex – Language Teaching Research, 2015
This paper aims to analyse the role of time concentration of instructional hours on the acquisition of formulaic sequences in English as a foreign language (EFL). Two programme types that offer the same amount of hours of instruction are considered: intensive (110 hours/1 month) and regular (110 hours/7 months). The EFL learners under study are…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Phrase Structure
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Ortega, Lourdes – Language Teaching Research, 2012
In this article I explore epistemological diversity in the field of second language acquisition (SLA) from the perspective that obtains if we examine the moral ends of research, and we ask: In what ways does epistemological diversity relate to enhancing the social value and educational relevance of the research generated by the instructed SLA…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Social Values, Epistemology, Research Utilization
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van Compernolle, Remi A.; Williams, Lawrence – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This article explores the microgenetic development of learners' understanding of sociolinguistic variation in French during an instructional conversation (IC) that followed a language analysis task in which learners attempted to formulate hypotheses about the nature of language variation. During the IC, the instructor led students toward a…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Sociolinguistics, French, Teaching Methods
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Akakura, Motoko – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This study examined the effectiveness of explicit instruction on second language (L2) learners' implicit and explicit knowledge of English. Explicit instruction on the generic and non-generic use of English articles was delivered by CALL activities. Four tasks assessed acquisition: elicited imitation, oral production, grammaticality judgement, and…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Freiermuth, Mark R.; Huang, Hsin-chou – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This study examines the motivation of 20 Japanese students of English as a foreign language (EFL) who chatted electronically with 19 Taiwanese EFL students using online synchronous chat software. In particular, we were interested in four factors that affect task-based motivation: the willingness to communicate, task attractiveness, task…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Interaction, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Block, David – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This article explores how class might be brought to the fore as an identity inscription in studies of second language learning, alongside other identity inscriptions such as gender, ethnicity and national identity, which have been the focus of rather more research. It begins by clarifying what is meant by class through a brief discussion of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Research, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Laufer, Batia; Rozovski-Roitblat, Bella – Language Teaching Research, 2011
We investigated how long-term retention of new words was affected by task type, number of word occurrences in the teaching materials and the combination of the two factors. The tasks were: reading a text with occasional Focus on Form when learners used dictionaries (T+F), or reading a text with Focus on Forms, i.e. word focused exercises (T+Fs).…
Descriptors: Dictionaries, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning, Second Language Learning
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Zyzik, Eve – Language Teaching Research, 2011
This article examines the acquisition of Spanish idioms in a classroom setting that was supplemented with explicit instruction over a 10-week period. The research design manipulated two variables: prior lexical knowledge and idiom organization. Sixty-five second language (L2) learners completed pre- and posttests that measured their ability to…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Language Patterns, Second Language Learning, Figurative Language
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Ballinger, Susan; Lyster, Roy – Language Teaching Research, 2011
This study examines the Spanish use of students and teachers at a US two-way immersion school. Students and teachers from Grades 1, 3, and 8 (5-6-year-olds, 7-8-years-olds, and 12-13-year-olds, respectively) were observed and interviewed, and students completed questionnaires to determine what factors influenced their language of choice and their…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Oral Language, Language of Instruction, Questionnaires
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Kong, Stella; Hoare, Philip – Language Teaching Research, 2011
This article reports a study of aspects of pedagogy that can bring about students' cognitive engagement with academic content and, thus, use of the academic language in content-based language lessons in three middle schools in Xi'an, China. Two criteria--academic content level and depth of processing--were used to determine cognitive content…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Academic Discourse, Middle Schools, Foreign Countries
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Whittaker, Rachel; Llinares, Ana; McCabe, Anne – Language Teaching Research, 2011
This article presents a study of written development in English as a foreign language produced in a content and language integrated learning (CLIL) environment. The texts analysed, from history classes, were collected annually over the four-year obligatory junior secondary education program from the same students (aged 12 to 16), in two state…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, State Schools, Nouns, Foreign Countries
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Graham, Suzanne; Santos, Denise; Vanderplank, Robert – Language Teaching Research, 2011
This article reports on an investigation into the development of the listening proficiency and strategic behaviour of 15 lower-intermediate learners of French in England. We consider whether listeners remain in the same listening proficiency group after six months, and whether changes in strategy use are related to movement or non-movement between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Listening Skills
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