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Akbari, Ramin; Tavassoli, Kobra – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Teacher efficacy is a topic of significance in mainstream education and various instruments have been developed to measure this construct. The available instruments however, are general both in terms of their subject matter and context. To compensate for this generality, the present study aims to develop a new teacher efficacy instrument whose…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Teachers
Tangpijaikul, Montri – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
This research combines corpus-based and intuition-based approaches in developing a list of important words in business news that Thai learners of business English need to know. The Thai corpus of English for Business and Economic News (Thai-EBEN) has been compiled from English business news articles in the Thai press. A computer concordancing…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
Song, Jayoung; Sardegna, Veronica Gabriela – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
This study investigated whether enhanced extensive reading contributed to significant gains on the incidental acquisition of English prepositions. English as a Foreign Language (EFL) secondary school students in Korea ("N" = 12) received enhanced extensive reading instruction for one semester in an after-school program. Pre-and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Form Classes (Languages), Reading Instruction
Boers, Frank; Lindstromberg, Seth; Webb, Stuart – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Previous research has furnished evidence that alliterative expressions (e.g. "a slippery slope") are comparatively memorable for second language learners, at least when these expressions are attended to as decontextualized items (Lindstromberg and Boers, 2008a; Boers et al., 2012). The present study investigates whether alliteration…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Phrase Structure, Literary Devices
Khani, Reza; Tazik, Khalil – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
Academic vocabulary, as the most challenging aspect of language learning in EAP and ESP contexts, has received much attention in the last few decades (e.g. Laufer, 1988; Sutarsyah, et al., 1994; Laufer and Nation, 1999; Coxhead, 2000; Nation, 2001a, 2001b; Wang et al., 2008; Martinez et al., 2009). The major attainments of these studies were…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Academic Discourse, Word Frequency
Waring, Hansun Zhang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
Despite the push for fostering reflective practices in teacher education in the last 20 years, true reflection remains rare (Farr, 2011). Based on a detailed analysis of four mentor-teacher meetings in a graduate TESOL program, I show how specific mentor practices generate teacher reflection without explicit solicitations. Findings of this study…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Mentors, Reflective Teaching, Language Teachers
Webb, Stuart A.; Sasao, Yosuke – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
There have been great strides made in research on vocabulary in the last 30 years. However, there has been relatively little progress in the development of new vocabulary tests. This may be due in some degree to the impressive contributions made by tests such as the Vocabulary Levels Test (Nation, 1983; Schmitt et al., 2001) and the Word…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
Richards, Jack C. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
The development and implementation of language teaching programs can be approached in several different ways, each of which has different implications for curriculum design. Three curriculum approaches are described and compared. Each differs with respect to when issues related to input, process, and outcomes, are addressed. Forward design starts…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Second Language Learning
Weger, Heather D. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
The present study reports on the motivations of adult, international learners of English, studying English 20 hours a week in a US-based Intensive English Program (IEP). Though often used as participants in language acquisition studies, there are few studies of these learners' motivational profiles. In the current study, a questionnaire designed…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Learning Motivation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Zhang, Limei; Zhang, Lawrence Jun – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This article investigates the relationships between test takers' strategy use and test performance on an EFL reading test. For this study 209 Chinese college students were invited to participate in a reading comprehension test and answer a 30-item strategy use questionnaire. Results showed that two factors underlay test takers' reading test…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Reading Comprehension, Structural Equation Models, Ability
Cooke, Simon D. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This pilot study explores language development among a class of L2 students who were required to transcribe and reflect upon spoken performances. The class was given tasks for self and peer-evaluation and afforded the opportunity to assume more responsibility for assessing language development of both themselves and their peers. Several studies…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reflection, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes
Abeywickrama, Priyanvada – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
The existence of different varieties of English in target language use (TLU) domains calls into question the usefulness of listening comprehension tests whose input is limited only to a native speaker variety. This study investigated the impact of non-native varieties or accented English speech on test takers from three different English use…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Language Variation, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
Khan, Mohamed Fazlulla – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
L1 habits often tend to interfere with the process of learning a second language. The vowel habits of Arab learners of English are one such interference. Arabic orthography is such that certain vowels indicated by diacritics are often omitted, since an experienced reader of Arabic knows, by habit, the exact vowel sound in each phonetic…
Descriptors: Vowels, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Tin, Tan Bee – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
The paper proposes a new conceptual perspective for understanding students' engagement in L2 learning, in particular the concept of interest development in learning English. It investigates situational features that trigger interest in learning English, employing data from interviews with non-native English speaking students studying in TESOL…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Student Interests, Interviews
Shrestha, Prithvi Narayan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
English language teaching (ELT) has been investigated from various angles including how English language teachers perceive what happens in an ELT classroom. How primary school English language learners perceive their experiences of ELT is rarely reported in the published literature, particularly from developing countries such as Bangladesh. This…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Teachers
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