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Khan, Muhammed Ali – ORTESOL Journal, 2019
The use of appropriate of words in writing, particularly frequently occurring four words combinations in academic register, is very important because it is an effective building block of academic text used by expert writers for effective communication. Yet teaching of four-word lexical bundles is rarely discussed in ESL writing textbooks. Recent…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Writing Instruction, Academic Language, Writing (Composition)
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Sheppard, Beth – ORTESOL Journal, 2019
In this research note, the author checks for correlations between different dimensions in an analytic rubric used for scoring discussion performance. Highly correlated dimensions can be cause for concern that the different aspects of performance are not well defined or not adequately observed. The author's analysis showed some weak to moderate…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Correlation, Bias, Student Evaluation
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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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Krause, Tim – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
Vocabulary acquisition is central to language learning, and many instructors believe that technology can facilitate this core activity. While numerous websites and apps offer language-learning activities and games, not all provide evidence that their content and techniques are effective. VocabularySpellingCity (VSC), however, commissioned a study…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Huang, Qiang – ORTESOL Journal, 2016
The present study aims to probe into learners' perceptions of blended learning in relation to the respective roles of face-to-face learning (f2f learning) and online learning as well as their interaction in the blended EFL contexts. Questionnaires were used in the study to examine the attitudes of 296 university students towards a blended English…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, 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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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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Sheppard, Beth; Rice, Jennifer; Rice, Korey; DeCoster, Brendan; Drummond-Sardell, Rachel; Soelberg, Nate – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
Instructors from an Intensive English Program (IEP) conducted classroom observations in university courses commonly attended by international students to answer two questions: 1) What listening and speaking demands do international students face in courses at our university? 2) How can instructors in our IEP better prepare our students for these…
Descriptors: Intensive Language Courses, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hanson, Jessica; Maxwell, Jeffrey; Mulder, Monika – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
Intensive English language programs (IEPs) at American universities have the task of recruiting, retaining, and preparing international students for mainstream classes. In order to achieve these tasks, many programs have explored using supplemental instruction (SI) in the form of learning centers (LCs) to support their students. In this study, we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Foreign Students, Language Proficiency
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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
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Reynolds-Young, Danielle; Hood, Sally – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
Although course assignments require English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher candidates to design activities, performance assessments, and lessons that balance the teaching of the English language and academic content, the ESL teacher candidates remain perplexed as to how to teach without a prescribed curriculum. The answer is challenging, given…
Descriptors: Course Content, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kelch, Kenneth; Malupa-Kim, Miralynn – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
Case studies are often traditionally thought of as being used in medical, legal, and business training. Physicians have long been trained by the case method, as medical school students are presented with the particulars of a patient's medical problem and are tasked with providing a diagnosis and course of treatment. In the legal field, Stanford…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Teachers, Faculty Development, Critical Thinking
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