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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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Randolph, Patrick T. – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
A key element in vocabulary instruction is to get the students to "feel" the vocabulary and make it a part of their new language identity; that is, helping the students to "own" the terms is a top priority of language instructors. Using verbpathy as a tool meets this goal. The idea of using verbpathy in vocabulary instruction…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Emotional Response, Vocabulary Development
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Mermelstein, Aaron David – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
For many ESL/EFL learners, reading is their main learning goal and may be the most important of the four language skills in the second language. For many ESL/EFL teachers, the issue of promoting proficient reading is important, and they look for additional or alternative methods to achieve this goal. However, when discussing reading as a primary…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Reading Skills, Student Placement
Madden, Edith H. – ORTESOL Journal, 1983
The effect of pronunciation instruction on the speech of 29 adult speakers of other languages (Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, and Korean) with previous training in English as a second language was studied. Pronunciation improvement was compared in three groups: one receiving group pronunciation training, one receiving individualized…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Adult Learning, Arabic, Chinese