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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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Fukuda, Akiko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between learners' self-regulated language learning and proficiency and to examine the differences in characteristics of self-regulated learning (SRL) between low- and high-proficiency learners. SRL is a learning process throughout setting goals, monitoring tasks, and reflecting on…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Metacognition
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Ito, Yasuko – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2018
Second language (L2) acquisition research has explored the acquisition of various syntactic constraints by L2 learners, one of which is "wanna" contraction. However, there is still a very limited body of research regarding the acquisition of "wanna" contraction, both in first language (L1) and L2. The purpose of the study is to…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Kobayashi, Yuichiro – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2017
The present study aimed to profile the developmental patterns of discourse in second language (L2) writings among different first language (L1) groups. Applying the list of metadiscourse markers proposed by Ken Hyland to learner language, this study investigates variation of metadiscourse across proficiency levels, as well as across L1…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Computational Linguistics
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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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Mak, Barley – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2016
Entry to the teaching career in most education systems nowadays is based on academic qualifications and professional credentials. The requirements and trainings for teachers of English vary in different regions and countries. This short review presents the professional preparation of pre-service teachers of English and the English language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Teacher Qualifications
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Chang, Sunmee – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
This study investigates how five non-heritage language learners manage themselves in a heritage learner dominant classroom. It looks at mainly the interactions among the students from a sociocultural perspective in terms of their attitude, socialization, and using strategies. The results indicate that most of subject students struggle but…
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation
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Chang, Bok-Myung – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
This study aims to review the development of NWCCDL Project during the last 10 years from (2005 to 2014) and evaluate the effects of NWCCDL Project on the students' satisfaction of the project and their affective domain. The research data was analyzed from the results of the questionnaires which were conducted at the end of every semester. This…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Higher Education
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Ansarin, Ali Akbar; Manesh, Solmaz Saeeidi – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
Representation of languages in a bilingual mind in general and the way bilinguals restore words from their mental lexicon, and the way they retrieve words have been explored by many researchers resulting in varied findings. The more information regarding bilingual memory is obtained, the better image would be constructed about this knowledge…
Descriptors: Reaction Time, Semantics, Priming, Bilingualism
Sims, James – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2012
This study investigates possible changes in students' English language ability by means of a questionnaire administered to 18 experienced university teachers. The questionnaire measures changes in six domains: grammar, reading, listening, speaking, writing, and attitudes. The results of the questionnaire indicate that over the last decade a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, College Freshmen
Aliakbari, Mohammad; Bazyar, Abdonour – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2012
Over the past few decades co-teaching has attracted due attention for enhancing learning process in educational systems. Drawing on the concept of "parallel model", the present study attempted to examine the extent to which this approach can affect general language proficiency of EFL learners. To this end, through a quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Liu, Yachao; Park, Hyesook – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2012
The major purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among Willingness to Communicate (WTC), motivation and English proficiency within a population of Korean college students learning English as a foreign language (EFL). Based on previous studies, questionnaires were used to collect data. Two hundred one Korean college students of…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Majors (Students), Student Motivation, English (Second Language)
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The Communicative Ability in language testing originates from a theory of language as communication proposed by Hymes (1972) and known as "communicative competence". The literature on language testing suggests that the practicality of communicative language testing (CLT) varies depending on how the instructors and teachers conceptualize…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Foreign Countries, Linguistic Theory
Bagheri, Mohammad Sadegh; Aeen, Laleh – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The present study examined the impact of practicing autonomy on the writing proficiency of Iranian intermediate EFL learners. To this end, Preliminary English Test (PET) by Thomas and Sharon (2006) was administered to 92 intermediate language learners as a pre-test. Accordingly, 60 homogeneous learners comprised the research sample. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Writing Skills
Nakamura, Shizuka – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2010
To improve more effectively the learners' proficiency to control contrast of the stressed to the unstressed in English teaching, it is necessary to analyze how the acoustical characteristics of learners' speech are related to the perceptual evaluation by teachers. This paper analyzes A) learner characteristics of durations measured in speech units…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Syllables, Vowels, Native Speakers
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