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Han, Feifei – ORTESOL Journal, 2013
Increasingly, Chinese students are pursuing their studies abroad in English-speaking countries, such as the USA, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Despite the fact that they have studied English as a compulsory subject for a number of years and have passed multiple English proficiency tests, many still find it is difficult to communicate well in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Pronunciation, Oral Language
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Mull, Jaci; Conrad, Susan – ORTESOL Journal, 2013
Concordancers are software programs that allow users to search for all occurrences of a word or sequences of words. Early descriptions of the potential for student concordancing were given by Tim Johns, who called it Data Driven Learning (DDL). Johns (1991) explains DDL as an investigation allowing students to form their own questions about the…
Descriptors: Grammar, Error Correction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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
Yoshida, Norman J. – ORTESOL Journal, 1983
Research into process-oriented writing instruction for native speakers of English can improve instruction in writing for students of English as a second language (ESL). Process-oriented instruction focuses on the processes of writing rather than on the finished product. A comparison of writing samples of native speakers from remedial courses and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Error Patterns
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
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
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