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Tatsukawa, Keiso – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
This paper aims to clarify the expected oral proficiency level for secondary school English teachers in Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (hereafter MEXT) encourages public secondary school English teachers to reach a threshold level of the Pre-1st Grade of Eiken (an English proficiency test).…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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Kobayashi, Yuichiro; Abe, Mariko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the impact of learners' L1s and proficiency levels on their written production. This study also examined the influence of speech upon their writing. The following research questions were explored: (a) How do L1 and proficiency levels of learners affect their degrees of register awareness? (b)…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kobayashi, Yuichiro; Abe, Mariko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The purpose of the present study is to assess second language (L2) spoken English using automated scoring techniques. Automated scoring aims to classify a large set of learners' oral performance data into a small number of discrete oral proficiency levels. In automated scoring, objectively measurable features such as the frequencies of lexical and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Testing, Scoring, Automation
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Negishi, Junko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
The study considers the assessment of L2 English learners by trained raters in paired and group oral assessments in comparison to an individual, monologue assessment, to determine 1) the degree to which raters assign pairs/groups shared (the same) scores and the degree to which raters give individual members of pairs/groups higher or lower as…
Descriptors: Evaluators, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Scores
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Matsuoka, Rieko; Matsumoto, Kahoko; Poole, Gregory; Matsuoka, Misato – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2014
This study examines the ways in which college students in Japan overcame sensitivity to external evaluation and increased their willingness to communicate in English. It is not uncommon for university students in Japan, who are otherwise proficient speakers of English and motivated to learn, fail to exhibit English competency in real communication…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Klemsen, Katie Mae; Seong, Myeong Hee – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2012
The purpose of this study was to examine students' satisfaction and investigate the potential of improved learning outcomes in smart and blended learning environments. This paper reflects on the experience of the delivery of a program at H University in Seoul, Korea using smart and blended learning. The goal was to apply the findings to current…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Reflection
Negishi, Junko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
This study aimed to investigate the characteristics and developmental phenomena apparent in Japanese learners of English with their raters' perspectives in terms of fluency which has been recognized as a major factor in judging non-native speakers' proficiency. The following temporal indices demonstrated strong relationships with the raters'…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Japanese, Native Speakers
Aliakbari, Mohammad; Jamalvandi, Behroz – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2010
Marking as one dramatic turnover in language teaching, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has proved itself beneficial and effective in bringing about real situations of language use to take place and in satisfying communicative needs of learners while the former methods were unable to meet actual demands of learners to communicate in the target…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Language Tests, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods
Negishi, Junko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2010
This study attempted to investigate the characteristics of interaction dynamics in a group oral interaction carried out by Japanese learners of English. The relationship between the participants' language development and interactional management functions (IMFs) was also explored. Oral performance tests in a paired or a small group have recently…
Descriptors: Performance Tests, Interaction Process Analysis, Second Language Learning, Japanese
Soozandehfar, Seyyed Mohammad Ali – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2010
The present investigation intends to make a comparison between integratively motivated students of English at Islamic Azad University of Shiraz and their instrumentally motivated peers in terms of their oral performance. To this end, 35 junior students (15 males and 20 females) were selected out of 54 initial participants based on their scores on…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Placement, Oral Language, Statistical Analysis
Lin, Chiu-Lan Nina – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2009
The utmost goal of foreign language instruction is aimed at helping the learner master the language. At the same time the learner shall become equipped with linguistic, pragmatic and social-linguistic competence. This study was done to explore if review activities in EFL classes should be mandatory for learners to learn the new knowledge. One…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Linguistic Competence, English (Second Language)
No, Keum Sook; Park, Kyung-Ja – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2008
The purpose of this paper is to reconsider the concept of the native speaker of English in light of the heightened status of English as a global language. The broadening and acceptance of criteria regarding who is a native speaker is historically discussed and placed in a modern context. In particular, perceptions towards the English native…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Cultural Influences, Native Speakers, English
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Hahn, Hye-ryeong – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2001
Identifies the status of "be" based on Korean English-as-Foreign-Language learners' developing interlanguage grammars. Korean English learners' utterance data were analyzed, with a special focus on one middle school learner. Analyses from the perspectives of developmental process and head direction suggest that the early emerging…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Grammar, Interlanguage, Middle Schools
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Nakano, M.; Miyasaka, N.; Yamazaki, T. – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2000
Analyzes the discourse completion data collected through Japanese English-as-a-foreign-language learners with reference to four speech functions--thanking, apology, request, and offering. Compares Japanese learners' expressions with expressions obtained by native speakers of English stored in the London-Lund corpus of Spoken English. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Databases, Discourse Analysis
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Jung, Euen Huyk – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 1999
Compares apology speech acts of ten advanced Korean learners of English to those of 10 English native speakers and discusses similarities and differences observed between these two groups in their apology-use strategies. Data were collected by means of oral role plays.(Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Native Speakers
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