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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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Nakata, Tatsuya; Suzuki, Yuichi – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Cognitive psychology research has shown that interleaving, wherein learners practice multiple skills or concepts at once, facilitates learning more than does blocking, wherein learners practice only one skill or concept at a time. Despite the advantage of interleaving over blocking observed across a number of domains, limited attention has been…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Yamagata, Satoshi – Language Teaching Research, 2018
The present study investigated the effects of two types of core-image-based basic verb learning approaches: the learner-centered and the teacher-centered approaches. The learner-centered approach was an activity in which participants found semantic relationships among several definitions of each basic target verb through a picture-elucidated card…
Descriptors: Verbs, English (Second Language), Questionnaires, Accuracy
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Thomson, Haidee Elizabeth – TESL-EJ, 2016
Lexical bundles are essential for fluency, but their incompleteness is a stumbling block for learners. In this study, two presentation methods to increase awareness of lexical bundles through explicit noticing are explored and compared with incidental exposure. The three conditions in this study were as follows: noticing with schematic linguistic…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Sato, Takeshi – The EUROCALL Review, 2016
This study examines the efficacy of a multimodal online bilingual dictionary based on cognitive linguistics in order to explore the advantages and limitations of explicit multimodal L2 vocabulary learning. Previous studies have examined the efficacy of the verbal and visual representation of words while reading L2 texts, concluding that it…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Reading Processes
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Nakata, Tatsuya – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2015
Although expanding spacing is often regarded as the most effective practice schedule, studies comparing equal and expanding spacing have yielded mixed results. The present study set out to examine whether the amount of spacing and the retention interval may influence the effects of expanding and equal spacing on second language (L2) vocabulary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Statistical Analysis, Effect Size
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Wang, Yanlin; Crooks, Steven M. – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate how social cues associated with the personalization and embodiment principles in multimedia learning affect the learning and attitude of students studying the culture of a foreign language. University students were randomly assigned to one of two experimental conditions that consisted of an…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multimedia Instruction
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Prichard, Caleb; Ferreira, Dan – TESOL Journal, 2014
Presentation assignments for second language speakers can take several forms, such as a traditional class presentation or a poster presentation. Poster presentations, which are given repeatedly to small groups, seem to have several advantages, including increased speaking opportunities, more interaction between the speaker and the audience, and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Public Speaking, Group Discussion, Language Proficiency
Kitazawa, Takeshi – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2013
This study analyzed effective test formats that utilized tablets for tests in university information basic subjects in blended learning environments. Specifically, three types of test were created: (1) multiple-choice, (2) fill-in-the-blank, and (3) a mixture of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank. An analysis focusing on university students'…
Descriptors: Test Format, Test Construction, Handheld Devices, Computers
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Stroud, Robert – English Language Teaching, 2013
The use of humor in EFL across the world has been widely discussed as an effective way to create a more comfortable, productive classroom environment in language learning. However, student-perceived benefits of both teacher and student-produced humor in the more specific context of a Japanese language classroom have not been explored in any great…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs
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Willis, Martin; Ohashi, Yoshie – Language Learning Journal, 2012
Vocabulary is an essential component of language. It is central to reading ability, writing ability and listening ability, and the most important aspect of second-language (L2) knowledge for academic achievement. The aim of this paper is to investigate quantitatively some of the factors that make some L2 words more difficult to learn and retain…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Writing Ability, Reading Ability, Vocabulary Development
Kubota, Mikio – IRLT (Institute for Research in Language Teaching) Bulletin, 1997
An experiment in Japan investigated the kind of input that is effective in enabling college-level students of English as a Second Language to formulate grammar, specifically prepositional and phrasal verbs. A grammaticality judgment test and a translation test were given to 131 Japanese university students, who were divided into three treatment…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, College Students, Comparative Analysis