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Wong, Yu Ka – Language Awareness, 2017
In this paper, the role of radical awareness in Chinese character reading development among young Chinese-as-a-second-language (CSL) learners is evaluated in terms of a structural property of the writing system: the distribution of elementary, one-radical (i.e. one-element) simple characters as against majority, multi-radical compound characters.…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Reading Ability, Orthographic Symbols
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Li, Citing; Gao, Xuesong – Language Awareness, 2017
This article reports on a study that investigated the role of metapragmatic awareness of L2 learners in Hong Kong, and the impact it has on language choices when addressing requests in English. Simulated open role-plays and retrospective interviews were used to explore the ways in which mainland Chinese undergraduates assess, plan and produce…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2015
This paper looks at the continued survival of "myths" about English grammar, for example, the statement that in negative and interrogative sentences "any" should be used instead of "some". It is based on a survey of 195 Hong Kong students majoring in English, in five different cohorts, which found that such myths are…
Descriptors: Grammar, Misconceptions, Student Surveys, College Students
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Mok, Jane – Language Awareness, 2013
A major challenge for language teacher educators working in the area of teacher language awareness (TLA) is to develop pedagogical approaches that will go beyond merely enhancing L2 teachers' knowledge about language by enabling them to make the bridge between the declarative and procedural dimensions of TLA. This paper sets out to investigate the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Content Analysis
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Gao, Xuesong; Ma, Qing – Language Awareness, 2011
Language learners and teachers' cognition in respect of learning and teaching plays a critical role in mediating their actual behaviour and decisions in the process. This study investigates the vocabulary learning and teaching beliefs held by pre-service and in-service teachers in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland so that teacher education…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2009
Two hundred and ninety-six English majors at universities in Poland, Austria and Hong Kong were given a 50-item questionnaire designed to evaluate their knowledge of grammatical terminology. The main aim was to identify whether the three populations were subject to differing "terminological cultures". This was found to be substantially…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Foreign Countries
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Fung, Lancy – Language Awareness, 2007
Self-repetition is commonly found in spoken discourse, and it could be argued that it is an interactional necessity. Self-repetition in spontaneous talk is pervasive and performs a variety of functions. Some regard it as signalling redundancy, disfluency, or both, in spoken language, whereas others consider it to be facilitating the production of…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Business Communication, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Cheng, Winnie; Warren, Martin – Language Awareness, 2007
Two interactional strategies explicitly taught to learners of English in Hong Kong are how to check that the hearer understands what you are saying as you communicate and, conversely, how to check that you have understood another speaker's message. The forms of these strategies that are taught in Hong Kong schools are fairly limited. This study…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Interaction
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Andrews, Stephen – Language Awareness, 2006
The paper focuses on the development of teacher thinking, specifically L2 teachers' subject-matter cognitions, i.e. their Teacher Language Awareness (TLA) (see e.g. Andrews 2001, 2003). The study examines the evolving TLA, as it relates to grammar, of three teachers, each a graduate with more than 10 years' experience of teaching English in Hong…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Littlewood, William; Danli, Li – Language Awareness, 2006
This paper explores the sociolinguistic awareness in English of tertiary level students in Hong Kong and Wuhan (Mainland China). The language data consisted of specific instances when a native speaker presenter made changes, in the course of oral delivery, to the written text of a conference paper that she had prepared in advance. Matched pairs of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Native Speakers
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Wong, Hebe; Storey, Peter – Language Awareness, 2006
A number of studies have examined the process and product of writing instruction under different conditions. Fewer studies have investigated the development of knowledge and its relationship to writing performance. While some writers may be able to draw upon knowledge of text in their writing, others do not possess this knowledge and yet others…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2005
This paper investigates L2 English learners' reactions to mixed personality in a pedagogic grammar. Personality refers to how authors represent themselves in a text and interact with their readers (e.g. personally via the use of personal pronouns or impersonally via the use of the passive, etc.); mixed personality occurs when an author switches…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, English (Second Language)
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Hyland, Fiona – Language Awareness, 2004
This paper examines the out-of-class English language learning activities of student teachers in Hong Kong, using questionnaires, interviews and learner diaries. The study found that while many of the students devoted considerable time to studying and practising English outside the classroom, much of this time was spent on more receptive…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities
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Lock, Graham; Tsui, Amy B. M. – Language Awareness, 2000
Considers issues in customizing descriptions of English grammar in the context of creating an electronic database for secondary school teachers in Hong Kong. In developing the database, the aim was to incorporate insights from functional grammar and corpus linguistics while keeping information accessible and relevant to teachers only familiar with…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Databases, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Coniam, David – Language Awareness, 1997
This paper sets out a series of awareness tasks for introducing English-as-a-Second-Language teachers to English language corpora and concordances. The aim of the task is to make teachers more critical of how English is described and presented in course materials and to show them that corpora are a good resource for language investigation.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Indexes, Inservice Teacher Education
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