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Tadic, Nadja; Yu, Di; Frantz, Kelly – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
On June 12, 2018, Dr. Hansun Zhang Waring's Language Socialization class at Teachers College, Columbia University had the great pleasure and honor of being joined by Dr. Bambi Schieffelin, Collegiate Professor at New York University. A co-founder (with Elinor Ochs) of the field of language socialization, Dr. Schieffelin has done extensive research…
Descriptors: Socialization, Language Acquisition, Ethnography, Sociolinguistics
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Lee, Elizabeth – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
Ensuring that test-score use brings about socially positive consequences for test-takers is an important aspect of test validation. While many studies use an inductive approach to evaluate test consequences, few studies have implemented Appraisal analysis. To that end, this case study investigated the test consequences of an English reading…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Tests, Reading Tests
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Feng, Zeyu – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
Adult Japanese speakers often experience difficulty learning English /r/-/l/. Previous research has reported the effectiveness of using perception-based high-variability identification training with natural speech stimuli on improving Japanese speakers' perception and production of /r/-/l/. Recent studies have also shown the effectiveness of using…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pronunciation Instruction, Japanese, Native Language
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Park, Sue Min – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
Early conceptions of aptitude were concerned with explicit learning abilities in formal learning settings, which according to MLAT (Modern Language Aptitude Test) were measurable based on a phonemic coding ability, an inductive learning ability, an associative memory, and a grammatical sensitivity (Carroll, 1962). However, recent understanding on…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Aptitude Tests, Language Aptitude, Second Language Learning
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Lew, Wai Man Adrienne – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
Linguistic geniuses such as Heinrich Schliemann have long fascinated many with their exceptional capabilities to master multiple languages on top of their own mother tongues. These individuals are believed to be able to extract the probabilistic, abstract patterns underlying a target form's linguistic and frequency distribution in second language…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, Second Language Learning, Linguistic Input, Language Patterns
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Sun, Haimei – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
Reading texts may serve as a vital source of informational content and language knowledge for second language (L2) learners, which is known as the dual relevance of L2 reading (Han & D'Angelo, 2009). Text complexity, however, influences the two, determining to a great extent whether the dual outcome is attainable. Drawing on Complex Dynamic…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Difficulty Level, Readability, Textbooks
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Beccia, Ashley – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
A fundamental distinction in the field of second language acquisition (SLA) is route versus rate of acquisition (or L2 development). While the former has traditionally referred to developmental sequences of learning, the latter denotes the speed with which learners progress through developmental trajectories (Muñoz, 2006). A second distinction at…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Aptitude, Children, Adults
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Lao, Tiffany Laiyin – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2020
The present study seeks to examine the relationship between the motivation of adult ESL learners, their willingness to communicate, their perceived competence, and the frequency of L2 use. Three research questions motivate this study: (1) Is there a relationship between the motivation of L2 learners and their willingness to communicate? (2) Is…
Descriptors: Correlation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Student Motivation
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Vafaee, Payman; Kachinske, Ilina – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2019
The current study aims to demonstrate how the lack of a conceptual framework and the inadequate use of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) in second language (L2) acquisition validation studies can lead to misconceptions about the nature of data collected via different measurement instruments. To this end, we reanalyzed data from three…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Misconceptions, Second Language Learning, Validity
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Dundon, John Terry – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2019
Increasingly, English is being used as a medium of instruction in law schools around the world, even in countries that do not use English in their legal systems. This paper examines three related research questions about this phenomenon. First, it explores why these law schools are choosing to deliver law degrees in English, notwithstanding the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language of Instruction
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Kim, Peter – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2019
Energy Conservation Theory of Second Language Acquisition (ECT-L2A) (Han, Bao, & Wiita, 2017b), an interdisciplinary theory juxtaposing a physics perspective and an applied linguistics perspective, conceptualizes individuals' ultimate attainment as a function of dynamic transformation of endogenous and exogenous energies throughout the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Prediction
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Frantz, Kelly – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2019
This paper uses conversation analysis (CA) to trace changes in one learner's repair practices during a repetitive storytelling activity in an intermediate-level ESL classroom. An analysis of the learner's phonological and grammatical repairs is guided by two questions: How are the repair sequences organized, and what changes occur in the sequences…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Story Telling, Repetition
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Haen, Mike – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2019
Drawing on conversation analysis (CA), this study examines reported thought (e.g., "you're like 'do I really have to do that?'") and its function in writing center talk. Previous related studies, which are informed by Goffman's (1981) notion of footing, have demonstrated how reported thought (RT) is a resource for modeling undesirable…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Writing (Composition), Discourse Analysis, Interpersonal Communication
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Dundon, John Terry – Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2019
This paper uses conversation analysis (CA) to examine telephone conversation openings in an unwritten and understudied language, Rushani, spoken primarily in remote, mountainous areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. In a sample of three telephone conversations, examples are sought of the four opening sequences of telephone calls originally…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Discourse Analysis