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Evans, Matthew; Tragant, Elsa – TESL-EJ, 2020
This study assesses the reasons behind learner dropout in adult EFL environments. Differences between two groups -- dropouts (N=154) and persistent learners (N=106) -- are examined using a questionnaire with qualitative and quantitative components. The study focussed on three areas: characteristics of the two groups (such as age and proficiency),…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Dropouts, Academic Persistence, Dropout Characteristics
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Romero, Gloria; Vasilopoulos, Gene – TESL-EJ, 2020
Study abroad (SA) professional development (PD) programs for teachers of English as a foreign language have been key to the implementation of student-centered practices in rural China. This study uses a qualitative approach to examine the experiences of a group of English teachers from Yunnan Province who received PD training in Canada in 2016.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Rural Areas, Study Abroad
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Maluch, Jessica T.; Sachse, Karoline A. – TESL-EJ, 2020
This study investigates L2 reading speed of developing readers. While L2 reading speed has been a topic of research, almost all studies to date investigate L2 adult learners and do not take into consideration samples of middle school students in the earlier stages of L2 development. Using data from a sample of 124 German eighth-graders, who range…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Reading Rate
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Kiczkowiak, Marek – TESL-EJ, 2020
Little is known about recruiters' attitudes to hiring 'native' and 'non-native speakers', or the factors which might influence their potential preference for the former group. Of the four studies conducted thus far, three were carried out in the US or the UK, and are over a decade old (Clark & Paran, 2007; Mahboob et al., 2004; Moussu, 2006).…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Employer Attitudes, Native Speakers, Language Proficiency
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Ghaith, Ghazi – TESL-EJ, 2019
This study investigates the interrelatedness the English as a foreign language demotivation factors of learning difficulties, threats to self-worth, monotonous teaching, poor student-teacher relationships, and learners' proficiency in critical reading and writing. Eighty (n =80) EFL learners participated in the study. The rationale for the study…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Writing (Composition), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Ueno, Junko – TESL-EJ, 2019
There is a common belief that one could quickly improve their second language proficiency once they reside in the country where the target language is spoken, because they have opportunities to use it constantly in an immersion environment. However, scholars have argued that it may be up to the individual student whether she could effectively…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Sheridan, Robert; Tanaka, Kathryn M.; Hogg, Nicholas – TESL-EJ, 2019
Analysis of the different methods of teaching English has become increasingly important as the subject of global Englishes receives greater attention. In Asia, more educators have been using textbooks that are culturally specific in their design; however, a limited number of studies have been conducted that demonstrate their practical efficacy.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yang, Chi Cheung Ruby – TESL-EJ, 2019
The use of peer assessment has been investigated for decades. However, the results of different studies are mixed. In this study, the implementation of peer assessment was attempted to assess students' reading aloud and oral presentation in two higher diploma/associate degree English language courses in Hong Kong. Students' opinions towards the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Peer Evaluation
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Kiliç, Mehmet; Bada, Erdogan – TESL-EJ, 2019
This quasi-experimental research explores the difference between the pausing patterns of native English and nonnative Turkish speakers of English concerning their pause durations preceding and following English adverbial clause conjunctions. The findings reveal statistically significant differences between native and nonnative participants for two…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Intonation
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Dawadi, Saraswati – TESL-EJ, 2019
There is a substantial body of research into the effects of planning time on second language (L2) oral performance, but different effects were found -- some of them showing increased accuracy, others increased complexity and/or fluency of language. In this study, 30 English as a foreign language learner individually performed a narrative and an…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Metacognition
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Lieb, Margaret M. – TESL-EJ, 2019
English proficiency is valued in Japan for its facilitation of participation in the international community. However, average proficiency remains low despite strategic efforts of Japan's Ministry of Education. Based on research indicating that culture may impact learning, this quantitative study investigated the impact of culture on English…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Ozawa, Shinya – TESL-EJ, 2018
This survey was conducted to investigate how university students gain or lose confidence in English communicative domains over four years at university. Self-assessment has been a useful instrument for measuring learners' English proficiency, and the students in this study were required to self-assess their confidence levels in TOEIC Can-Do list…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Self Esteem, English (Second Language)
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Wiens, Peter D.; Andrei, Elena; Anassour, Billa; Smith, April – TESL-EJ, 2018
Teaching English as foreign language (EFL) has grown around the world. However, certain regions have experienced little empirical research into the practices and results of these EFL programs. This study looks at English as foreign language teachers in Niger, an Expanding Circle country, to understand their training, instruction, and attitudes.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Heidari-Shahreza, Mohammad Ali – TESL-EJ, 2018
This study aimed at bringing together the notions of language play and focus on form (FonF) through a cross-sectional investigation of playful language-related episodes (PLREs). PLREs, as a remarkably under-explored aspect of second language (L2) learners' focus on form, peer interaction and language play, were analyzed in an Iranian EFL context…
Descriptors: Play, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Vercellotti, Mary Lou; McCormick, Dawn E. – TESL-EJ, 2018
Noticing is the necessary attention that learners give to language in order to learn (Schmidt, 2001). Self-correction is evidence of noticing and a tool for language learning. Previous research has suggested that speakers focus on meaning during speech production, and language learners likely need an opportunity post-production to correct…
Descriptors: Error Correction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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