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Terao, Takahiro; Ishii, Hidetoki – SAGE Open, 2020
This study aimed to compare selection patterns of distractors (incorrect options) according to test taker proficiency regarding Japanese students' summarization skills of an English paragraph. Participants included 414 undergraduate students, and the test comprised three summarization process types--deletion, generalization, and integration.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Salem, Essa; Jarrah, Marwan; Alrashdan, Imran – SAGE Open, 2020
The present study examines the use of English lexical insertions to create humor by Jordanian university students. The data of the study are collected from spontaneous tape-recorded conversations from 62 participants of both males and females, representing different age groups (from 18-23 years old) and belonging to different specializations…
Descriptors: Humor, Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Peng, Jian-E; Gao, Xuesong – SAGE Open, 2019
Motivation is considered an important impetus driving and sustaining individuals' efforts to fulfill their goals. Against the backdrop that university academics worldwide are increasingly expected to produce research output in prestigious journals for both individual and institutional development, it is necessary to understand academics' research…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Teacher Motivation, College Faculty, English (Second Language)
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Altakhaineh, Abdel Rahman Mitib; Ibrahim, Mona Kamal – SAGE Open, 2019
This study examined the incidental acquisition of English prepositions by Arabic-speaking English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. Employing reading comprehension exercises as a treatment, we adopted the experimental design of a pre- and post-test to determine the effectiveness of the treatment on the participants' incidental acquisition of…
Descriptors: Incidental Learning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Xie, Qing; Chen, Jie – SAGE Open, 2019
This study investigates the communication and learning needs of Master of Business Administration (MBA) business English students and their perceptions of effective curriculum design. The research instruments are two-stage surveys of 99 MBA students from a public university in China. The results of the study show that English is not extensively…
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Business Administration Education, Curriculum Design, English (Second Language)
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Lenchuk, Iryna; Ahmed, Amer – SAGE Open, 2019
The study focuses on the strategies English as a foreign language (EFL) learners choose to take on in requests without evaluating them against the norm of a native speaker, as the concept of native speaker is ideologically problematic in the time of super-diversity. The study uses cultural scripts proposed in the field of cross-cultural pragmatics…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Zhang, Xiaodong – SAGE Open, 2018
This study reports on how the supplementation of online resources, informed by systemic functional linguistics (SFL), impacted English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) student writers' development of critical thinking skills. Through qualitative analyses of student-teacher interactions, interviews with students, and students' written documents, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Second Language Instruction
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Janebi Enayat, Mostafa; Amirian, Seyed Mohammad Reza; Zareian, Gholamreza; Ghaniabadi, Saeed – SAGE Open, 2018
This study investigates the correlations between the three measures of written receptive vocabulary size and second language (L2) depth of vocabulary knowledge to find the most reliable test of vocabulary size. Moreover, the corresponding relationship is examined for the higher and lower word-frequency bands of the three tests to find whether the…
Descriptors: Receptive Language, Language Tests, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
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Fazilatfar, Ali M.; Elhambakhsh, S. E.; Allami, Hamid – SAGE Open, 2018
Plagiarism in ESL and EFL learning contexts has become a topic engaging many researchers in a hot debate in recent years. Comparisons of student-generated texts with their source texts have shown that students rely amply on source texts in their writings, using copying as a major strategy. The students themselves relate these problems to their…
Descriptors: Citations (References), Plagiarism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Wang, Sheng; Seepho, Sirinthorn – SAGE Open, 2017
Many teaching strategies have been used to promote the development of critical thinking skills, among which the most frequently used are group discussion, concept mapping, and analytical questioning. The study aims to explore learners' voice and learning experience in the pedagogical contributions of these strategies to the development of critical…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Wijayanto, Agus; Prasetyarini, Aryati; Hikmat, Mauly Halwat – SAGE Open, 2017
A growing body of literature has investigated impoliteness in many domains. Nevertheless, little research has examined impoliteness done by foreign language learners. Impoliteness used in interlanguage complaints by English as a foreign language learners was observed. The effects of interlocutors' different status levels and social distance on the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Angelini, M. Laura – SAGE Open, 2016
In a postgraduate course for teachers of English as a foreign language in secondary school, teacher trainees were introduced to simulations through the use of flipped learning and simulation design. The objective of the present fieldwork was to determine whether designing simulation scenarios based on literature which delves into human rights was…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Eshghinejad, Shahrzad; Moini, M. Raouf – SAGE Open, 2016
One aspect of short message service (SMS) communication through a cell phone is use of politeness strategies. As it is extensively argued that females are more polite language users, the present study sought to describe the strategies used by these two groups and to find out whether there is any significant difference between male and female…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Prosocial Behavior, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship
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Sun, Ganzhao – SAGE Open, 2016
Despite the numerous studies on English article acquisition, the acquisition sequence, differences, and difficulties by English-as-a-second language learners (ELLs) remain to be further explored. With a detailed literature review, this study investigated the acquisition sequence, differences, and difficulties of English articles by ELLs with…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Form Classes (Languages), College Students
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Zibin, Aseel – SAGE Open, 2016
This study explores the ability of Jordanian learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) to comprehend metaphorical expressions in English and investigates whether the use of their first language (L1) conceptual and linguistic knowledge may facilitate the comprehension of these expressions. For this purpose, the study adopts a contrastive…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Figurative Language
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