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Ulrich, Theresa A.; Tyndorf, Darryl M., Jr. – Applied Language Learning, 2018
In an exploration of methods to advance language acquisition without the inconvenience of participating in an immersion option, the authors discovered research on Free Voluntary Reading (FVR). FVR has made a recent resurgence, especially in the context of language acquisition. Krashen (2004) proposes FVR as the answer to building language…
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Second Language Learning, Achievement Gains, Learning Strategies
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Kitajima, Ryu – Applied Language Learning, 2018
The field of L2 pragmatics demonstrates the effect of instructional intervention on the development of L2 learners' pragmatic competence. Nevertheless, effective instruction requires knowledge of pragmatic performances of L2 learners in naturally occurring conversations, in comparison to those of the target community speakers. This study, using a…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Classroom Communication, Pragmatics
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Holman, Don – Applied Language Learning, 2017
Whereas the Interagency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptions broke new ground for assessing proficiency in foreign languages, the need for user-oriented (rather than assessment-oriented) proficiency scales has led, especially in Europe, to the creation of scales consisting of positively formulated "can-do" statements,…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Skills
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Hernández, Todd A. – Applied Language Learning, 2016
Previous studies have shown that study abroad has a positive effect on second language (L2) learning outcomes for students who spend at least a semester abroad. It is unclear, however, whether a short-term experience also has a measurable impact on L2 development. The present study examines the relationship between speaking proficiency gains made…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Summer Programs, Study Abroad
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Gan, Zhengdong; Stapleton, Paul; Yang, Chi Cheung Ruby – Applied Language Learning, 2015
A much under-researched issue in higher education is the extent to which English-medium university courses help students improve their English proficiency in an ESL context. Adopting a longitudinal, mixed methods design in which quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed, the current study tracked English language improvement,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Longitudinal Studies
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Vefali, Gülsen Musayeva; Ayan, Hatice Ç. – Applied Language Learning, 2015
This survey study aimed to explore EFL learners' (de)motivation in the preparatory classes at a tertiary institution in Northern Cyprus. It administered questionnaires to 105 preparatory learners and 30 language teachers. The statistical analysis revealed the Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient of 0.88 for the Learners' version, and 0.89 for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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Agazade, Ali Sidki; Vefali, Gulsen Musayeva – Applied Language Learning, 2014
In recent decades, there has been a plethora of studies on language learning strategies (LLS hereafter). However, the research to date has mostly examined students' views on LLS, and there are few studies reflecting teachers' views. In contrast, this study surveyed 257 EFL students and 12 teachers to explore their views on the frequency and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Agazade, Ali Sidki; Vefali, Gülsen Musayeva – Applied Language Learning, 2014
In recent decades, there has been a plethora of studies on language learning strategies (LLS hereafter). However, the research to date has mostly examined students' views on LLS, and there are few studies reflecting teachers' views. In contrast, this study surveyed 257 EFL students and 12 teachers to explore their views on the frequency and…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Surveys
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Ashby, Wendy – Applied Language Learning, 2012
This article presents a case for adopting a constructivist approach in the teaching of culture to federal, business and civilian personnel. In support of this argument, the author: (1) outlines the history of culture teaching as it progresses from behaviorist through cognitive to constructivist orientations; (2) argues that a constructivist…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Models, Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods
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He, Lei – Applied Language Learning, 2011
This study explores Chinese learners' metacognition in EFL pronunciation learning as well as the effectiveness of helping the learners to improve their English pronunciation by metacognitive instructions. By means of preliminary interviews and a questionnaire survey carried out in seven universities across mainland China, six factors of…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Metacognition, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Martinsen, Rob A.; Baker, Wendy; Dewey, Dan P.; Bown, Jennifer; Johnson, Cary – Applied Language Learning, 2010
This study compared the amount of the second language (L2) use and linguistic gains made by students in three short-term language immersion programs: (1) traditional study abroad, (2) service-oriented study abroad, and (3) foreign language (FL) housing. These were chosen because they represent three distinct program types, providing students with…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Comparative Analysis, Service Learning, Housing
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Felix-Brasdefer, J. Cesar – Applied Language Learning, 2009
This study examines the pragmatic strategies that learners utilize to negotiate a resolution when refusing a native speaker of higher status in three asymmetric situations (+Power, +Distance). Following Pomerantz's (1984) analysis of dispreferred responses, this study focuses on refusals to an invitation, a request, and a suggestion. Refusal…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Native Speakers, Pragmatics, Power Structure
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Daloglu, Aysegul; Marsh, Fulya – Applied Language Learning, 2007
The belief that students can make valuable contributions to course design through continuous feedback leads to the consideration of alternative methods of learning that involve students in this process and inspire the development of a new relationship: student-teacher partnership in course evaluation and revision. In this partnership, students…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Student Relationship, Course Evaluation, Course Content
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Martínez-Flor, Alicia; Usó-Juan, Esther – Applied Language Learning, 2006
To prepare learners for successful communication is nowadays one of the main goals of teaching practices of lecturers of English as a Second (ESL) or Foreign (EFL) language in the University setting. Consequently, language teaching needs to focus not only on linguistic or strategic aspects of the target language, but also on the development of the…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), College Second Language Programs
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Cheng, An Chung; Mojica-Diaz, Clara C. – Applied Language Learning, 2006
It has been assumed that combining living in a native speech community with formal classroom instruction creates an ideal learning environment for foreign language learners. This study examines the extent to which formal instruction affects the oral discourse of advanced learners in target-language speaking environments. From a discourse…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Verbs
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