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Patton, Anne; Hirano, Eliana; Garrett, Anna Rose – ORTESOL Journal, 2017
Pen pal exchanges have been used for years to promote cross-cultural communication. In educational settings, pen pal projects have served additional purposes. One is providing English language learners (ELLs) with a safe but realistic context in which language skills can be practiced and learner motivation increased. This study investigates the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), College Students, Education Majors
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Kim, Catherine E. – ORTESOL Journal, 2017
This study reports the major findings of an in-depth survey and interview with a group of students and parents who recently immigrated to the U.S. from Korea. The study was conducted to identify how they engage in out-of-school English language use and to what extent parents and teachers are involved and supportive in the process. All the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Surveys, Interviews
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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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Gaines, Isaac – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
Previous research has shown that ESL students' poor integration into their immersion environments can affect their academic success negatively, which called for structured support for such students. The current study investigated the efficacy of an IEP elective course that was designed to a) promote lower-level students' English use outside the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Language Usage, Self Esteem
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Young-Davy, Belinda – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
One of the questions facing language instructors is how direct vocabulary instruction should be. Much recent research into vocabulary acquisition and studies of learning strategies strongly indicates that the explicit vocabulary learning vs. implicit vocabulary learning issue is not a dichotomy, but rather a continuum (Hunt and Belgar, 2005; Lee…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
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