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Yonesaka, Suzanne M.; Tanaka, Hiroya – TESL-EJ, 2013
Japan's government has mandated a shift from traditional to communicative methodologies in secondary English classrooms (Tanabe, 2004), but it is unclear whether this has affected student beliefs about language learning. This study investigates the beliefs of 315 incoming university students at a large private university in Japan from 2006 through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Baurain, Bradley – TESL-EJ, 2013
The purpose of this narrative inquiry is to explore stories of teacher development experienced by English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in a graduate seminar in Vietnam. The author was the instructor for the course, entitled "Literature and Language Teaching." Three types of data were collected: course documents, a professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, English Teachers
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Bhatti, Tariq Muhammad – TESL-EJ, 2013
To study the role of reading in secondary schools and how it may be improved through computers, a year-long study was conducted to examine which of two methods of teaching reading skills, an instructor-led class vs. computer-assisted language learning (CALL), aided secondary students in improving the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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McCrocklin, Shannon – TESL-EJ, 2012
Despite the growing use of media in the classroom, the effects of using of audio versus video in pronunciation teaching has been largely ignored. To analyze the impact of the use of audio or video training on aural discrimination of vowels, 61 participants (all students at a large American university) took a pre-test followed by two training…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Vowels, Video Technology, Auditory Discrimination
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Pierce, Janet L. – TESL-EJ, 2012
Studies of interaction in ESL classrooms have not taken into account how space and materials used in classroom impact interaction. This case study examines how three ESL teachers in two different school districts, four high school and twelve junior high ELLs and the two-classroom spaces co-construct the cultural and literacy practices of the…
Descriptors: Interaction Process Analysis, Data Collection, English (Second Language), Power Structure
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Gorsuch, Greta – TESL-EJ, 2012
In the early heyday of ITA education, English as a second language (ESL) educators played a key role in defining three basic learning needs for ITAs: Language, teaching, and culture. Of this model, culture is the most broadly defined and least developed component. It was predicted by some, apparently on the basis of nationality, that ITAs would…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Initial Teaching Alphabet, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience
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Andrew, Martin – TESL-EJ, 2012
This study investigates the value of community experience for mediating linguistic practice and cultural learning. Learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL), both immigrants and international students, frequently report difficulties in practicing English outside the classroom (Wright, 2006). Grounded in poststructuralist social identity…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Socialization, Females, Second Language Learning
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Nishino, Takako – TESL-EJ, 2012
This study investigates the professional development of one EFL teacher, Gen, through narrative analysis and the notion of community of practice (CoP) (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998). This study addresses two questions: (1) How did a Japanese high school teacher generate context-appropriate pedagogy?; and (2) How did multi-membership in…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, English (Second Language), Communities of Practice, Second Language Learning
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Walkinshaw, Ian; Duong, Oanh Thi Hoang – TESL-EJ, 2012
This paper examines a common belief that learners of English as a foreign language prefer to learn English from native-speaker teachers rather than non-native speakers of English. 50 Vietnamese learners of English evaluated the importance of native-speakerness compared with seven qualities valued in an English language teacher: teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Rassaei, Ehsan – TESL-EJ, 2012
This study investigated the effects of input and output on the development of L2 knowledge. Participants included 129 third-semester Persian learners of English enrolled in 5 intact EFL classrooms functioning as four experimental groups and one control group. Two experimental groups received two types of input-based instruction, which differed…
Descriptors: Grammar, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, English (Second Language)
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Falout, Joseph – TESL-EJ, 2012
When foreign language education is compulsory, competitive, or coercive, how learners cope with stress can determine outcomes, including value of the subject, persistence on task, and level of proficiency. The development of adaptive or maladaptive coping processes toward situated learning goals is influenced by learners' beliefs about themselves…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Coping, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Subtirelu, Nicholas – TESL-EJ, 2011
Authority in the classroom is an important concept to teachers everywhere. The act of teaching continuously engages them in the negotiation and construction of an identity that is accepted as authoritative by their students. Identity and authority, however, are in conflict in the context of NNSTs ["non-native" speaker teachers] of English (and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Burns, Anne; Knox, John S. – TESL-EJ, 2011
In this article, we describe and model the language classroom as a complex adaptive system (see Logan & Schumann, 2005). We argue that linear, categorical descriptions of classroom processes and interactions do not sufficiently explain the complex nature of classrooms, and cannot account for how classroom change occurs (or does not occur), over…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Classroom Environment, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Nam, Miyoung; Beckett, Gulbahar H. – TESL-EJ, 2011
This study investigated five Korean ESL graduate students' access to and utilization of professional and social resources in the process of socializing into American academic writing discourse. As a pilot study for a larger scale research study, data for the present study were collected during a four-month period through interviews. Findings…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Socialization, Writing (Composition), Second Language Learning
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Estrem, Theresa L. – TESL-EJ, 2011
This research investigated the use of a measure of expressive vocabulary to monitor the development of preschoolers learning English. Over 1200 preschoolers whose primary language was Somali, Hmong, Spanish, or English were assessed three times during one year using an Individual Growth and Development Indicator (IGDI) for Picture Naming, a…
Descriptors: Afro Asiatic Languages, Speech Communication, Hmong People, Expressive Language
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