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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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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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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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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