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Kellem, Kunie; Halvorsen, Andy – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
ESL/EFL teachers can face several challenges when it comes to a focus on language forms in the classroom. How should teachers integrate the instruction of structural language forms with meaning-based activities? How necessary is a focus on form for student language learning? In what contexts is an explicit focus on form in the classroom most…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Form Classes (Languages), Classroom Techniques, Relevance (Education)
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Myers, Liatris – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
Second language pragmatics are not easily acquired by second language learners for a variety of reasons including negative first language transfer, insufficient grammatical competence, and inadequate instruction. For adult learners living in the second language environment, adequate pragmatic knowledge is essential even for beginning level…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Pragmatics, Incidental Learning
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Rice, Jennifer – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
After spending several years investigating the needs of non-native English speakers in undergraduate courses at a large public university, it became apparent to Jenifer Rice that one of the main challenges facing these students is speaking up during large lecture classes. In such classes, two specific speaking skills students need are (1) asking…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, English Language Learners, Skill Development, Reaction Time
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Randolph, Patrick T. – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
Of all the possible tools available to help out English language Learners (ELLs) acquire vocabulary, the use of emotions is one of the most powerful because "we are learning that emotions are the result of multiple brain and body systems that are distributed over the whole person". If we go one step further and connect emotions to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English Language Learners, Emotional Response, Memory
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Finn, Eileen – ORTESOL Journal, 2017
This article explores the cases for and against the inclusion of curriculum about swearing (which includes taboo words) as a part of an Adult ESL course. The function and prevalence of swearing are discussed, including the level of exposure students face. Taboo language makes up 4% to 13% of typical daily language use (F├Ągersten, 2012; Winters…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Adult Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Hill, Laura – ORTESOL Journal, 2016
The increasing importance of digital technologies can disenfranchise individuals who lack digital literacy skills. As clinics adopt online health portals, even health care services require digital skills. Patients are often expected to check test results and perform other health-related tasks online, but few clinics provide support for those who…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Health Services
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Twenge-Jinings, Fidelia; Sullivan, Joanna – ORTESOL Journal, 2016
Realizing that ESOL students often do not integrate naturally into their new communities, we developed a reading class that focuses only on topics such as history, culture, arts, nature and entertainment that pertain to Portland or Oregon. In addition to readings, we asked that students go out and "live" what they learned through a…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Place Based Education, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language)
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Mitchell, James D. – ORTESOL Journal, 2016
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the authors conducted roundtables related to queer identity in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom at Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL's) fall and spring conferences and at an in-service day at Portland State University's Intensive English Language…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Sexual Identity
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Krulatz, Anna – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
The issue of teaching pragmatics in foreign and second language classrooms has received a lot of attention in the recent years. Its origins can be dated back to the Cross-Cultural Speech Act Realization Project (CCSRAP) led by Blum-Kulka, House and Kasper (1989) and the research on interlanguage speech acts that followed (for a comprehensive…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics, Teaching Methods
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Underwood, Jan – ORTESOL Journal, 2013
A 20-year veteran teacher of college Spanish, the author decided to take an intensive First-Year German course during one summer. The author found the German class was not only a great opportunity to acquire another language, but a rich source of insight about the language teaching and the learning process itself. Not only did she take German…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Processes, German, Notetaking
Xiu-Bai, Qin – ORTESOL Journal, 1983
A Chinese student of English is often faced with culturally based differences in denotation and connotation, idioms and proverbs, habits, and formulaic use of language. Since the native speaker of any language has built into his language repertoire his unique cultural assumptions and values, a culture-oriented curriculum in language teaching is…
Descriptors: Chinese, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development