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Farrell, Thomas S. C.; Bennis, Karen – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This paper presents a case study that investigated and compared the stated beliefs and observed classroom practices relating to language teaching of one experienced and one novice English language teacher. Areas where observed practices converged with or diverged from stated beliefs are explored and discussed with reference to factors which might…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language), Language Teachers
Stocker, Joel F.; Reddad, Mohamed – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
Curriculum development research on nursing English in Taiwan has tended to end at needs analysis, offering little guidance on how to design and implement a course. Our objective was to examine how a course on workplace communication in English for nursing students in Taiwan would emerge in the classroom if teachers and students collaboratively…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Foreign Countries, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language)
McKinley, Jim – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This article provides an examination of the literature on issues surrounding the problems Japanese university students face in learning critical argument in their English academic writing courses. Japanese students' critical thinking skills are criticized as not fostered in their university education, perhaps due to Confucian education ideals,…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Academic Discourse
Xiao, Yangyu; Carless, David Robert – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
Whilst there are studies exploring students' perspectives of assessment, relatively little is known about how Chinese high school students' respond to assessment. Students' perspectives are particularly important because the power of assessment directly impacts on their motivation and attitudes towards schooling. This article explores students'…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
Siew Mei, Wu – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This paper explores the expression of certainty in a set of high- and low-rated Geography argumentative essays. Using one aspect of Hunston's (1989, 2000) concept of the evaluation of status, the paper compares the statement types used to construe the writer's expression of certainty in the construction of arguments. Drawing on the framework,…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Essays, Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse
Chan, Jim Yee Him – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This study assesses the extent to which situational authenticity has been implemented in three commercial ELT textbook series in Hong Kong, which are designed to reflect the local sociolinguistic setting. The analysis involved the quantification and categorization of both written and spoken texts in the textbooks. The results of this analysis were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
Zhao, Zhongbao – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This study investigates the validity of the Diagnostic College English Speaking Test (DCEST) in the context of EFL teaching and learning in China. The experiment was conducted in three stages over the course of eight weeks at a national key university in China. By means of test administration and questionnaire survey, the researcher gathered…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Construct Validity, Language Tests, Diagnostic Tests
Lasito,; Storch, Neomy – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
Although pair and small group activities are commonly used in second language (L2) classrooms, there are very few studies which can inform teachers about whether it is best to have students work in pairs or in small groups. In this study, conducted in a junior high school in Indonesia with learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Task Analysis
Saglamel, Hasan; Kayaoglu, Mustafa Naci – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This study aims to identify the language anxiety level of students studying at a Turkish state university, and investigate the role of creative drama in reducing language anxiety in speaking classes. To have a general picture of students, 565 students were administered an adapted version of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creative Activities, Drama, Anxiety
Krashen, Stephen – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
In this article, the author talks about academic jibberish. Alfie Kohn states that a great deal of academic writing is incomprehensible even to others in the same area of scholarship. Academic Jibberish may score points for the writer but does not help research or practice. The author discusses jibberish as a career strategy that impresses those…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Self Efficacy, Criticism
McGee, Iain – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
While considerable attention has been paid to collocation, and the development of the collocational competence of L2 learners in recent years, very little has been said about a related concept in teaching journals, namely semantic prosody, and L2 learner awareness of this phenomenon. In this paper the concept of semantic prosody is introduced, and…
Descriptors: Semantics, Arabs, Second Language Learning, Intonation
O'Loughlin, Richard – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
For second language learners vocabulary growth is of major importance, and for many learners commercially published coursebooks will be the source of this vocabulary learning. In this preliminary study, input from three levels of the coursebook series "New English File" (Oxenden and Latham-Koenig, 2006; Oxenden, Latham-Koenig, and Seligson, 2004,…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Computer Software, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
Tajeddin, Zia; Moghadam, Amir Zand – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
The aim of this pioneering study was to define and describe motivation for the acquisition of interlanguage pragmatic competence. Interlanguage pragmatic motivation was investigated from two perspectives: (1) general pragmatic motivation, displaying L2 learners' motivation to acquire pragmatic strategies, pragmatic routines, politeness strategies,…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Familiarity, Interlanguage, Speech Acts
Boers, Frank; Lindstromberg, Seth; Eyckmans, June – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
Lindstromberg and Boers (2008a, 2008b) have reported experiments with adult learners of English which revealed a comparative mnemonic advantage afforded by word combinations that display sound patterns such as alliteration ("green grass") and assonance ("home phone"). These findings are relevant for TESOL, given the fact that English phraseology…
Descriptors: Auditory Stimuli, Mnemonics, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods
Kobeleva, Polina P. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
This study examines whether unfamiliar proper names affect English as a second language (ESL) learners' listening comprehension. A total of 110 intermediate to advanced ESL learners participated; comprehension of a short news text was tested under two conditions, Names Known (all proper names pre-taught in advance) and Names Unknown (all proper…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Testing, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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