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Chen, Wang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
The present study explores the under-researched area of collocation use with learners from different proficiency levels. The study investigates different types of collocations and the learners' elaboration of their collocation use. A total of 194 students from three different years of study in a Chinese university wrote compositions on the same…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Phrase Structure
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Fernández-Agüero, María; Chancay-Cedeño, Carlos – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
The purpose of this study is to identify how Ecuadorian university teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) tackle intercultural teaching practice in their classrooms. To this end, we studied the reported intercultural practices of 68 EFL university teachers from Ecuadorian Region 4. Quantitative data drawn from a questionnaire were…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty
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Qian, David D.; Pan, Mingwei – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Politeness has been a source of inspiration for research in pragmatics and inter- and intra-cultural communication. However, the existing literature focusses more on how politeness is realized in the context of first language use. Few studies have investigated the issue related to the use of English by second language learners from varying…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Prosocial Behavior, Business Communication, Letters (Correspondence)
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Wang, Chaochang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
As English is a lingua franca that has developed along many different pathways with the result that numerous varieties continue to evolve, effective communication requires mutual adjustment and understanding. A considerable body of research on English diversity is focussed on attitudes towards the sociolinguistic reality of English and…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Diversity, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students
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Xu, Zhichang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
The English language has been going through a dual process of globalization and nativization. The globalization of English renders the language into a global lingua franca and an international language, whereas the nativization of English diversifies it into varieties of English, namely, World Englishes. Such 'glocalization' of English has…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Global Approach
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Zhao, Ping; Ji, Xiaoli – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
This article provides preliminary validity evidence for the shorter Mandarin version of the Vocabulary Size Test (VST) under the content aspect, technical quality, substantive and generalizability aspect of Messick's (1995) construct validity framework. The shorter version with 177 Chinese university students in three proficiency levels indicates…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Test Validity, Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Learning
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Van Canh, Le; Renandya, Willy A. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
How does teachers' target language proficiency correlate with their ability to use the target language effectively in order to provide optimal learning opportunities in the language classroom? Adopting a conversation analysis approach, this study examines the extent to which teachers' use of the target language in the classroom creates learning…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Teacher Educators, Language Proficiency
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Tsang, Art – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
In view of the considerable and growing number of non-native EFL/ESL teachers across the globe, which has been reported to surpass that of native English teachers (NETs), much controversy has been aroused globally, especially in the Asian context, over issues concerning the language proficiency of these Non-Native English Teachers (NNETs). Further…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Language Proficiency
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Ghafarpour, Hajar – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
The uniqueness of the Language Classroom and its complexity raises a need for foreign language teachers to develop necessary skills and knowledge to observe, analyse and evaluate their classroom discourse. Hence, interactional awareness of language teachers is an integral part of pedagogical and practical knowledge. In this article, the…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Diaries, Guidelines
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Rose, Heath; Galloway, Nicola – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
In this article, we describe and evaluate an innovative pedagogical task designed to raise awareness of Global Englishes and to challenge standard language ideology in an English language classroom. The task encouraged the learning and debate of the controversial Speak Good English Movement, which campaigns for Singaporeans to use a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Metalinguistics
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Sahin Kizil, Aysel – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
To gauge the success of integrating technology into classrooms which is among the popular topics in the field of language learning, there is a need to understand how end users, language learners, use technology and bear the characteristics of digital learner as claimed for the current generation of learners. To this end, this study collected data…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Technology Integration
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Kelly, Lauren J. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
Reflection has often been considered a powerful tool for students in composition, helping them develop rhetorical awareness and the ability to transfer their knowledge to future writing tasks. However, the methods that promote reflection have often been debated, and students have considered the process both puzzling and difficult. Furthermore, few…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Native Language, Second Language Learning, Peer Evaluation
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Balasubramanian, Chandrika; Al-Mahrooqi, Rahma – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
The field of English Language Teaching (ELT) has long sought to identify traits of good language learners, in an effort to teach these traits to less successful language learners (Rubin, 1975). Emotional Intelligence has recently come to the forefront of research on language learning and teaching, and is now increasingly recognized as an important…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chang, Anna C-S.; Millett, Sonia – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
This study investigates the effects on developing L2 listening fluency through doing extended listening-focused activities after reading and listening to audio graded readers. Seventy-six EFL university students read and listened to a total of 15 graded readers in a 15-week extensive listening programme. They were divided into three groups (Group…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Fluency
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Yin, Zihan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
Many studies have found EFL/ESL learners over/under/misuse linking adverbials. Because their use is specific to genre and register (Biber et al., 1999), and news writing is a compulsory course for EFL journalism majors at many Chinese universities, this study investigates their usage patterns in news and suggests teaching material design for the…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Connected Discourse, Discourse Analysis, News Reporting
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