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Gan, Zhengdong; Ieong, Sylvia S. L.; Su, Yuanlian; He, Jinbo – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2018
This paper reports on findings from an ongoing research project exploring Chinese EFL teachers' conceptions of assessment and their classroom assessment practices, as well as to examine the relationship between these two. The sample for the study consisted of 107 EFL teachers from 18 secondary schools who completed a Chinese version of the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Zhang, Lawrence Jun – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The teaching of writing in English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) has been a challenging task for many teachers due to its multifaceted nature. This paper is a reflection on ESL/EFL writing teaching in three countries, namely China, Singapore, and New Zealand, with particular reference to professionalizing ESL/ EFL writing and ESL/EFL…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Xu, Yueting – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2016
Teacher assessment literacy (AL) is a concern for both educational assessment and teacher education research. As part of teacher AL, teacher competency of assessment planning has remained underexplored. To address this gap, this study explored how a group of 20 contest-winning university English teachers in China planned for assessment through…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Educational Objectives
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Lee, Jackie F. K. – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
Given the potential influence of teachers' linguistic practice on children's language use and gender role development, the present study seeks to examine the extent of linguistic discrimination present in teachers' language. A total of 215 Chinese EFL teachers were invited to participate in the survey, which included a series of elicitation tests…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Asians
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Liu, Lian; Stevenson, Marie – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2013
This study examines stance in cross-cultural media discourse by comparing disaster news reports on the Sichuan earthquake of May 2008 in a Chinese, an Australian Chinese, and an Australian newspaper. The stance taken in the news reports is examined using the Attitude sub-system of Martin and White's (2005) Appraisal framework. The analysis…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Natural Disasters, Discourse Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics
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Cai, Wei; Lee, Benny P. H. – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2010
This study examines the effect of contextual clues on the use of strategies (inferencing and ignoring) and knowledge sources (semantics, morphology, world knowledge, and others) for processing unfamiliar words in listening comprehension. Three types of words were investigated: words with local co-text clues, global co-text clues and extra-textual…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Context Effect, Cues, Inferences
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Yu, Baohua; Watkins, David A. – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
The present study investigates the relationships among motivational factors, cultural correlates and second language proficiency. The participants, from both Western and Asian backgrounds, were learning Chinese at university level in the People's Republic of China. 115 students (35 Western students and 80 Asian students) ranging from beginning to…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, Asians, Asian Culture
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Ho, Judy Woon Yee – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
China resumed its sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997. Since then drastic changes in this former British colony have occurred. One of these changes is a shift in language policy, from bilingualism (Cantonese and English) to trilingualism (Cantonese, English and Putonghua). The present study is aimed at investigating tertiary students' use of…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Focus Groups, Learning Motivation, Diaries
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Hamston, Julie – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2005
Changing global and local conditions have given rise to complex issues of identity. Within such conditions, the challenge for educators is to help students to develop a language with which to describe the new and dynamic cultural identities and relationships constitutive of what Hall (1996a, p.223) describes as "New Times". Students need…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Ethics
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Eisenchlas, Susana; Trevaskes, Susan – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2003
Reports on a structured exchange program between Chinese and Australian students that focuses on discussion and reflections on everyday cultural practices and behaviors, the most relevant but least accessible aspect of culture for international students. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Chinese, College Students, Cultural Awareness, Exchange Programs
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Charters, A. Helen – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1997
Examines why learners of Mandarin use overt nouns and pronouns to a greater extent than native speakers. Findings indicate that no single syntactic structure is a significant contributor to the different rates of optional ellipsis but that some learners use ellipsis only in syntactic contexts permissible in English and most use it in a narrower…
Descriptors: Adults, College Students, Context Effect, Discourse Analysis
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Yunxia, Zhu – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1997
Examines the different attitudes of native speakers in understanding a written genre of Modern Standard Chinese--sales letters. The study focuses on the use of formulaic components appearing in real Chinese sales letters and compares these components with the advice given in textbooks. Findings reveal a gap between business teaching and business…
Descriptors: Business Education, Chinese, College Students, Foreign Countries