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Kaihao Yuan; Shuwen Liu – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
The outbreak of COVID-19 witnesses a sudden surge of fully online classes globally. Scholarly attention has promptly shifted to explore the personal experiences and perceived challenges of students and teachers. For English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructors around the world, many are required to teach online for the first time, yet studies…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Mu-Hsuan Chou – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
Vocabulary learning strategies have been frequently viewed as a practical tool to facilitate the acquisition of words and enhance comprehension and production in communication. Previous research suggests that vocabulary learning strategies are a multidimensional construct. This study attempts to validate a vocabulary learning strategies…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Di Wang; Yu Huang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
This article introduces the use of Internet-mediated joint construction (JC) to engage second language (L2) writers to participate in virtual classroom activities in an online teaching environment. Affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, schools and universities in the People's Republic of China were required to rapidly transit to remote…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Virtual Classrooms
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Xin Zhao; Colin Derek McClure – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
The use of virtual learning communities has shown great potential for language education. Research suggests that video-conferencing technology can assist teachers in creating such communities for second-language teaching. Gather.Town is a gamified, video-conferencing platform that revolutionizes the traditional static video-conferencing experience…
Descriptors: Gamification, Learner Engagement, Electronic Learning, Second Language Learning
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Jack Pun – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
One of the driving forces for a wider adoption of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) in higher education is that students may demonstrate improvements in English language proficiency through an increased English exposure from content learning. However, to what extent previous English exposure has an impact on students' learning experiences…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Science Education, Language Proficiency, Undergraduate Students
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Kyle Perkins; Lawrence Jun Zhang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
The effect of first language transfer on second language acquisition and learning has been a major theoretical concept in second language research and pedagogy since the 1950s. In order to give a historical perspective, the authors offer a brief presentation of some of the major topics from the broad spectrum of issues that have been examined by…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Second Language Learning, Native Language, Contrastive Linguistics
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Ronnakrit Rangsarittikun; Richard Watson Todd – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
The languaging curriculum involves learning to strategically make use of available tools and resources to successfully do things with English for real-world purposes. In this article, we describe how languaging was implemented in a task where students communicate about a hobby of their choice on Reddit discussion forums. Over three weeks, the…
Descriptors: Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, Second Language Learning, Code Switching (Language)
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Yuan Gao; Yaqiong Cui – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
The COVID-19 outbreak has seen the largest-scale emergency remote teaching in world history. Drawing on concepts of teacher belief and teacher agency, this study seeks to explore whether teachers' beliefs about teacher roles may influence their agentive use of online technology amid and after COVID-19. By tracing four English as a Foreign Language…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Role
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Nourollah Zarrinabadi; Elnaz Afsharmehr – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
This qualitative study aimed to examine Iranian language teachers' mindsets about language learning and teaching, and the ways in which their mindsets influenced their educational practices. The participants of this study were 20 Iranian language teachers who taught general English courses at private language institutes in a city in central Iran.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Hyun-Ju Kim; Stewart Gray; Christopher Lange – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
As student creativity is increasingly emphasized in English as a Foreign Language education, it is necessary to consider instructional techniques to encourage it. This study examines the effectiveness of two instructional techniques on creative writing performance of English as a Foreign Language students in a South Korean university. These…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Brainstorming, Teaching Methods, Essays
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Wei Wei; Yiqian (Katherine) Cao – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
This study explores students' participation in English for Academic Purposes classrooms from both teachers' and students' perspectives. Data were collected from videotaping of 11 English for academic purposes classes, semi-structured interviews with 12 teachers and stimulated-recall interviews with 33 students. The results indicate that three…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Participation
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Jian Xu; Xuyan Qiu – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
This study examines four learner engagement dimensions (behavioural, cognitive, emotional and social) in pedagogical task performance and provides insights into the effects of two task types (information-seeking and direction-giving) and topic familiarity on learner engagement in a semester-long English course. A total of 28 foreign language…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Reza Zabihi; Danial Erfanitabar – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
This study investigated the efficacy of varying degrees of written corrective feedback (WCF) explicitness on the accuracy of revised drafts and new pieces of writing among learners of different proficiency levels. A total of 130 learners of English were divided into three proficiency groups (basic, independent, and proficient users), with learners…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Revision (Written Composition)
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Pak Hei Chan; Scott Aubrey – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
Dialogue journals are written conversations in which two partners communicate regularly. When practiced between a teacher and student, dialogue journaling has the potential to engage students in writing, and can lead to improved teacher-student rapport. In this "Innovations in Practice" article, we evaluate the use of structured dialogue…
Descriptors: Diaries, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Teachers, Language Teachers
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Ke Hu; Ying Deng; Xiaobin Liu – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2024
High frequency words, which are key to a text, must be mastered to achieve minimum levels of reading proficiency. However, knowledge about the frequency of items in a language is very limited. Given this consideration, WordSift (www.wordsift.org), a word cloud tool based on high frequency and key words can assist English as a Foreign Language…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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