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Yau, Jia-ling Charlene; Lee, Pi-yu – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
This study has two aims: one is to examine whether or not there are individual differences in motivation to read English as a Foreign Language (EFL) among Taiwanese adolescents, and the other is to scrutinize whether or not a gender gap exists among those readers. A total of 252 adolescents, half of them female and the other half male,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, Reading Achievement, Gender Differences
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Liou, Hsien-Chin; Chen, Wen-Feng – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
In this study, a quasi-experimental within-subject design was adopted to examine the intervention effects of teaching academic formulaic sequences (FS) for writing with one intact class consisting of 15 EFL third-year college students. Fifty target FSs were chosen from five recently compiled academic formulas lists (mostly derived through corpus…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Questionnaires, Undergraduate Students, Academic Discourse
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Jing Jing, Ma – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
One of the key aims of formative assessment in higher education is to enable students to become self-regulated learners (Nicol & Macfarlane-Dick, 2006). Based on Nicol and Macfarlane-Dick's (2006) framework, this exploratory study investigates which formative assessment practices proposed by them were used by one college EFL writing teacher to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Self Control, Case Studies
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Chao, Tzu-Chia – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
In the context of globalisation, intercultural teaching has been suggested as an objective in English as lingua franca (ELF) education, which has challenged English teachers in acquiring the intercultural communicative competence (ICC) in English language teaching (ELT). However, empirical research exploring the intercultural capabilities and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Foreign Workers, Teacher Attitudes
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Runnels, Judith – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
Since its release in 1979 the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication) has been consistently and widely used by educational institutions and companies of Japan despite criticisms that it provides little useable information about language ability. In order to both reduce the extreme focus on and also aid with the practical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Curriculum, Language Tests, Second Language Learning
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Lai, Ying-Chun – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
This study describes English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners' use of vocabulary consolidation strategies and explores the connection between strategy use and vocabulary learning outcomes. This study included 218 participants who were students from five freshman English classes at a university in Taiwan. Students' self-reports on their use of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Su, I-Ru; Chou, Yi-Chun – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
Most of the research on second language (L2) narratives has focused on whether or how L2 learners carry their L1 narrative styles into L2 narration; few studies have explored whether L2 learners' knowledge of the L2 also in turn affects their L1 narrative performance. The present study attempted to probe the issue of cultural transfer in narrative…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Second Language Learning, Native Language, Chinese
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Chang, Karen Chung-chien – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
In recent years, although many translation and interpretation (T&I) courses have been offered in undergraduate programs among universities in Taiwan, sight translation (ST), the suggested preparatory course for learning interpreting (Ilg & Lambert, 1996) is not commonly offered as a separate course but an included component in other…
Descriptors: Translation, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, English (Second Language)
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Wang, Han-Chung; Huang, Hung-Tzu; Hsu, Chun-Chieh – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The current study investigates EFL college learners' motivation and engagement during English vocabulary learning tasks. By adopting self-determination theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000), the study looked into the impact of autonomy on college students' task motivation and engagement with vocabulary learning tasks and their general English…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement
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Lin, Crystal Jia-yi – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
Idiom transparency refers to how speakers think the meaning of the individual words contributes to the figurative meaning of an idiom as a whole (Gibbs, Nayak, & Cutting, 1989). However, it is not clear how speakers or language learners form their assumptions about an idiom's transparency level. This study set out to discover whether there are…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Figurative Language
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Mohammadi, Ali Mohammad; Nejadansari, Dariush; Youhanaee, Manijeh – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
Discourse markers (DMs) assist and persuade EFL classroom interlocutors to monitor their discourse production and comprehension process. This exploratory research investigated the index of pragmatic use (IPU), rate of use, frequency, and the pragmatic functions of "well" in Iranian university EFL teachers' and learners' classroom…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Huang, Yi-Ping; Jhuang, Wun-Ting – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The proliferation of English-medium instruction (EMI) in nonnative English-speaking (NNES) contexts has compelled researchers to explore the challenges students face in such environments. Mostly quantitative in nature with foci on language-related difficulties in one type of institution or curriculum, these studies obscure the complexity of NNES…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Statistical Analysis
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Wong, Wei-Wah Claudia – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The demand for communication skills training for science research postgraduates (RPGs) has been increasing over the years. Many potential scientists and researchers in the industry are under enormous pressure to get published (Cargill, O'Connor & Li, 2012) and to attend conferences and seminars. In light of the aforementioned needs, all…
Descriptors: English for Science and Technology, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Questionnaires
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Chen, Alvin Cheng-Hsien – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2014
The present study aims to investigate how conceptual symmetry plays a role in the use of spatial particles in English and to further examine its pedagogical implications via a corpus-based evaluation of the course books in senior high schools in Taiwan. More specifically, we adopt a quantitative corpus-based approach to investigate whether bipolar…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Correlation, Language Usage
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Lai, Ying-Chun – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2013
In the current study, explicit vocabulary learning strategy instruction was integrated into an EFL curriculum to investigate its effects on learners' vocabulary acquisition. A total of 180 EFL learners enrolled in the freshmen English program at a university in Taiwan participated in the study. The participants were guided to explore and practice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Learning Strategies, English (Second Language)
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