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Manning, Shaun J. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Many teachers in Asian EFL situations report difficulties integrating communicative tasks into their classrooms. This study reports on an innovation in which opinion gap tasks were used to support the regular classwork of a middle school English class in Seoul, South Korea. The task had to reflect the learning objectives of the state-mandated…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Middle School Students, Foreign Countries, English Teachers
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Cheung, Yin Ling; Low, Tze Hui – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
This article examines how writer's voice is constructed in argumentative essays written at the pre-university level. The study focusses on the student writers' control over evaluative resources that influence the realization of voice in the high-scoring and low-scoring scripts. Using the APPRAISAL system in Systemic Functional Linguistics, the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Essays, Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Zarrinabadi, Nourollah; Ketabi, Saeed; Tavakoli, Mansoor – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
This study examined the effectiveness of a person-centred future time perspective (FTP) intervention on Iranian EFL students' willingness to communicate (WTC) in English. Through one-on-one interviews with the participants, the researchers tried to build a connection between students' English learning at school and their goals in future, and to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Time Perspective, Intervention, Second Language Learning
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Harun, Haliza; Abdullah, Norhana; Ab Wahab, Nursyuhada'; Zainuddin, Nurkhamimi – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Over the past decades, much of the discussion regarding grammar teaching has evolved around the identification of the best language teaching approach to facilitate effective learning of English language among second language (L2) learners. Despite the various approaches introduced and implemented in the realm of L2 teaching, the language…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Park, Jinkyoung; Chon, Yuah V. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Single word items have usually been the unit of analysis for measuring L2 learners' vocabulary size, for designing word lists and for estimating word coverage of reading texts. However, what is lost in these estimates is the consideration of multiword expressions, such as idioms. To empirically test the assertion that the knowledge of single word…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Middle School Students
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Hajar, Anas – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
This article provides a qualitative inquiry into the influences of immediate family members (i.e. parents and siblings) on a group of Gulf Arab EFL students regarding their language learning experiences and strategy use in their Arab homelands. The participants came from financially comfortable families, with different levels of education. The…
Descriptors: Arabs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Khezrlou, Sima – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
The ways that Iranian universities prepare their students for their future academic and professional lives are changing. Many universities have launched innovative practice in the use of technology in teaching and learning, aiming to present student learners with an engaging experience. The adoption of an innovation necessitates considering the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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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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Matsuda, Aya – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
One comment I often receive when I talk about teaching English as an international language (TEIL) is that TEIL is all about being politically correct--a mere gesture to be inclusive and egalitarian, promoted by a certain ideological stance. It is true that there are certain ideologies, language and beyond, that are compatible with certain aspects…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Politics of Education, Political Attitudes
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McKay, Sandra Lee – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
A great deal has been written about what English as an International Language (EIL) actually is (e.g. Alsagoff et al., 2012; Matsuda, 2012; McKay and Brown, 2016; Sharifian, 2009), ranging from a view of EIL as the many varieties of English that are spoken today to the use of English by second language speakers of English. Thus, EIL is viewed both…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Mahboob, Ahmar – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
Currently, a growing number of teaching approaches focus on aspects of variation in language (e.g. English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), World Englishes, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), genre theories, etc.); however, each of these approaches tends to focus on particular (specific) aspects of language variation and do not fully account for the…
Descriptors: Language Variation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Vettorel, Paola – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
The complex and varied sociolinguistic reality of World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) has important implications for English Language Teaching (ELT). Besides questioning the validity of the 'native speaker model', the complexity of Global Englishes raises several issues, both at a theoretical and at an applied level, particularly…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Official Languages, Communication Strategies
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Rose, Heath; Montakantiwong, Anuchaya – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
With the growth of English worldwide there have been numerous calls for a paradigm shift from teaching English as foreign language to teaching English as an international language (EIL). While there is a growing body of conceptual literature for teaching EIL, the voices of teachers remain severely underrepresented in this movement. As such,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Global Approach
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Yeo, Marie – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
Aya Matsuda is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Arizona State University, Tempe, USA. Her research interests include World Englishes (WE), the use of English as an international language (EIL), and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English. She has published widely in various books and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Variation, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction
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Dogancay-Aktuna, Seran; Hardman, Joel – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
Despite the proliferation of publications on teaching English as an international language (EIL) or a Lingua Franca (ELF), the diffusion of these concepts into the world of English Language Teaching has been slow and incomplete. There is some wariness among educators about the teaching of ELF and EIL, with no consensus regarding appropriate…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Variation
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