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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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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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Ebsworth, Miriam Eisenstein; Tang, Frank Lixing; Razavi, Nikta; Aiello, Jacqueline – Applied Language Learning, 2014
This study explored the effects of cultural and linguistic background, L2 proficiency, and gender on language learning strategies for 263 college-level learners from Chinese, Russian, and Latino backgrounds. Data based on the SILL (Oxford, 2001) revealed that Russian students used significantly more strategies than the Chinese students in three…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Hispanic American Students, Russian
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Ebsworth, Miriam Eisenstein; Tang, Frank Lixing; Razavi, Nikta; Aiello, Jacqueline – Applied Language Learning, 2014
This study explored the effects of cultural and linguistic background, L2 proficiency, and gender on language learning strategies for 263 college-level learners from Chinese, Russian, and Latino backgrounds. Data based on the SILL (Oxford, 2001) revealed that Russian students used significantly more strategies than the Chinese students in three…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies, Cultural Background
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Baker-Smemoe, Wendy; Cundick, Denisa K.; Evans, Norman; Henrichsen, Lynn; Dewey, Dan P. – Applied Language Learning, 2012
This study investigated the relationship between out-of-class L2 use and proficiency gains in learners of English as a second language (ESL) in an intensive English language program. In contrast to previous studies on this topic, which have found weak, non-existent or even inverse relationships between out-of-class language experience and L2…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), English (Second Language), Language Enrichment, Semi Structured Interviews
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Young, Richard – Applied Language Learning, 1995
Examines two rating scales for assessment of oral proficiency and judges both as inadequate because they are based on an untenable theory of the development of proficiency in a second language and on mistaken intuitions about oral interaction. The paper concludes with a discussion of an architectural, context-dependent theory of second-language…
Descriptors: College Students, Developmental Stages, English (Second Language), Interlanguage
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van Lier, Leo; Matsuo, Naoko – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Explores variation in the performance of one nonnative speaker in three different conversations with friends. The chief difference between the conversations is that the interlocutors use different interactional features that are related to their different levels of proficiency in English. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Interaction, Language Proficiency
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Derwing, Tracey M.; Munro, Murray J.; Wiebe, Grace – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Adult English-as-a-Second-Language students enrolled in a speaking improvement course (which emphasized general speaking habits) read aloud lists of true and false sentences at the beginning and end of the course. Native speakers judged their intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accent. Most participants showed significant improvement in at…
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Students, English (Second Language), Graduate Students
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Johnson, Ruth; Moore, Rita – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Investigated whether a correlation exists between a nonnative English speaker's reading proficiency in English and the use of native-English-like pausing in reading aloud. Results indicate a statistically significant although moderate correlation between students' reading test scores and their native-like use of pausing in reading aloud. (38…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Correlation, English (Second Language)