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Wu, Yinyin – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2019
Back-interpreting practice refers to interpreting the translated version of a speech back to its source language. The learning opportunities provided by backinterpreting practice can be explained by Swain's (1985) comprehensible output hypothesis, Laufer and Hulstijn's (2001) involvement load hypothesis, and Schmidt's (1990) noticing hypothesis.…
Descriptors: Chinese, Role Playing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Chen, Mei-Hua – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2019
Lexical competence is considered as an important indicator of language proficiency. While learning vocabulary, learners need to remember various aspects of knowledge about the word (e.g., meaning, form and use). Many vocabulary learning strategies have been proposed to help learners consolidate vocabulary knowledge. Among them, grouping words…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Chinese
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Tsui, Cynthia – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
English-medium instruction (EMI) has become a driving force behind the curriculum reform in higher education around the world. The current study, drawn from a larger project that involves an EMI teacher development program, explores subtle nuances of change in teachers' self-efficacy beliefs, employing Bandura's theory of self-efficacy (Bandura,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Self Efficacy, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language)
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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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Chung, Siaw-Fong – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
This paper explored a less-studied preposition, "after," and its uses in a corpus. The analysis included an inspection of dictionary senses, followed by the distributional patterns of parts-of-speech, the co-appearing verbs of "after," the contextual uses of [-"ly after"] and [-"ly after"+NOUN], and finally…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Language Usage, Workshops, English (Second Language)
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Wang, Bo; Yu, Shulin; Teo, Timothy – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
Previous research has revealed that teacher feedback encourages students' learning of a second language and improves task performance. While former quasi-experimental studies emphasized the positive effects of formative assessment and feedback by teachers on developing oral presentation competence, it remains unclear about the processes during…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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Lo, Yi-Hsuan Gloria – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
A curriculum is a form of politics (Apple, 1993). The politics of a curriculum defines what is legitimate and valued and what is not. In Taiwan, the objectives of vocational high school (VHS) education are to prepare students to acquire relevant professional knowledge and practical skills and to integrate them into their future career development.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Vocational High Schools, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning
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Sun, Yu-Chih – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
The study aims to explore in-service teachers' epistemological beliefs about the following five critical paradigms in second language education and their corresponding practices: (1) inductive/deductive grammar instruction, (2) intensive/extensive reading, (3) looking up unknown words in the dictionary/guessing from context, (4) focusing on…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Lin, Yen-Yu; Chung, Siaw-Fong – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
CHALLENGE is generally perceived as a negative word synonymous with "dispute," "defy," "confrontation," and "contest." However, when resorting to dictionary definitions, CHALLENGE has unexpectedly been found to possess positive senses such as "stimulating" and "arousing competitive…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Semantics
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Huang, Ping-Yu; Chen, Chien-Ming; Tsao, Nai-Lung; Wible, David – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
Since it was published, Coxhead's (2000) Academic Word List (AWL) has been frequently used in English for academic purposes (EAP) classrooms, included in numerous teaching materials, and re-examined in light of various domain-specific corpora. Although well-received, the AWL has been criticized for ignoring some important facts that words still…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Academic Discourse, Phrase Structure
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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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Yang, Pei-Ling; Wang, Ai-Ling – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The present study aims to investigate the relationship among EFL college learners' language learning strategies, English self-efficacy, and explicit strategy instruction from the perspectives of Social Cognitive Theory. Three constructs, namely language learning strategies, English learning self-efficacy, and explicit strategy instruction, were…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Chou, Chi-ting – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2013
This study investigates the effectiveness of applying Readers' Theater as remedial instruction for underachieving students. The participants of the study are 49 underachieving Freshman English students. The experimental group was taught using Readers' Theater as remedial instruction, and the control group received regular remedial instruction. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theater Arts, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods