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Tajeddin, Zia; Pezeshki, Maryam – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Although politeness markers are frequently used in written and spoken communication, pragmatic studies have not sufficiently explored the instruction of such markers to English as a foreign language (EFL) learners who lack sufficient opportunity to communicate with native speakers to acquire them in the context of use. Ignoring politeness as a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Pragmatics, Native Speakers
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Boers, Frank – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
In the 4/3/2 activity learners deliver the same talk three times under increasing time pressure. The activity is intended first and foremost to foster fluency, but accuracy and complexity have also been said to benefit from this activity. The present study investigates whether immediate repetition of monologues under increasing time pressure…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Ekembe, Eric Enongene – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Inteaction determines and affects the conditions of language acquisition especially in contexts where exposure to the target language is limited. This is believed to be successful only within the context of small classes (Chavez, 2009). This paper examines learners' progress resulting from interaction in large classes. Using pre-, post-, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Class Size, Cognitive Style
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Alavi, Sayyed Mohammad; Janbaz, Fateme – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Since listening is a crucial component of language competence and fundamental for successful communication as well, its development has been gradually given much attention from language teachers and researchers. This study is aimed at investigating the effectiveness of two pre-listening supports, i.e. question preview and topic preparation on the…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Listening Comprehension Tests
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Jiang, Yan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
This study explored teacher questioning as a formative assessment strategy by examining the practices of teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Chinese tertiary institutions. It investigated how teachers deployed questions to stimulate student thinking, uncover students' current level of learning, and allow responses to inform pedagogic…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Yeh, Chun-Chun – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
The recent trend of university internationalization has seen a rapid increase of English as medium of instruction (EMI) courses in Taiwanese tertiary education. Yet, few large-scale studies have been conducted to investigate student learning in EMI courses. This study surveyed 476 students from 25 EMI courses at six universities in Taiwan to probe…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Abdel Razeq, Anwar Ahmad – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
This study investigated the readiness of university students for autonomous learning of English as a foreign language. Data was collected using questionnaires and interviews. The study assessed learners' readiness for autonomous learning across three dimensions: a) learners' perceptions of their educational responsibilities; b) learners' abilities…
Descriptors: Independent Study, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Qualitative Research
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Kim, Ah-Young Alicia – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Although there has been a plethora of research on how Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) has been implemented in instruction, few have examined how teacher's beliefs about CLT affects assessment of their students and peers. Thus, this study examined how English as a foreign language (EFL) instructors' teaching beliefs affected not only their…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Communicative Competence (Languages), Interviews, English (Second Language)
Liu, Xiqin; Qu, Dianning – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
To explore the multimodality of two representative EFL textbook series for Chinese college students, their visual and verbal semiotic modes were compared. The target textbooks are "Experiencing English" and "New Century College English". Through multimodal discourse analysis, the study aims to shed some light on how to develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Textbook Evaluation
Hodgson, Kevin Michael – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Although the paradigm shift towards English as an International Language (EIL) has been generally accepted within the academic community, a valorization of native speaker norms continues to be prevalent among many non-native speakers (NNSs). Through data drawn from a qualitative questionnaire and proficiency assessment results (TOEIC), this mixed…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Native Speakers, Global Approach, Linguistic Competence
Samar, Reza Ghafar; Moradkhani, Shahab – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Although many language teachers resort to their first language (L1) at various junctures during their practice, not many studies have tried to understand the reasons for this from teachers' personal perspectives. This study aimed at investigating English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers' cognitive processes during their classroom…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Language Teachers
Huang, Hsin-chou – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
This study investigates the effectiveness of online versus paper-based reading strategy instruction on EFL learners' reading comprehension. Fifty-seven university students from two intact reading classes with comparable proficiency levels were assigned to participate in either a paper-based or an online reading instructional module. Both groups…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Reading Comprehension
Lo, Yuen Yi – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
As content-based instruction (CBI) programmes involve certain degrees of integration of second language (L2) and content learning, collaboration between L2 and content subject teachers has been strongly advocated. Whether this type of teacher collaboration can be successfully implemented will depend on many factors, one of which is teacher beliefs…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration
Cui, Xia – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
A major challenge faced in research seeking to investigate the underlying dynamics of problematic interactions is that, when asked about the rationale underpinning what they said and did--their "theory of action in-use" (Argyris and Schön, 1974, 1978, 1996)--participants are often unaware of what prompts their behaviour--or decide to…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction, Theory of Mind
Richards, Jack C.; Reppen, Randi – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Grammar can be viewed both as knowledge and as ability. When viewed as knowledge, the focus is on rules for sentence formation. When viewed as ability, the focus is on how grammar is used as a resource in the creation of spoken and written texts. Twelve principles are proposed as the basis for a pedagogy that focusses on acquiring learning to use…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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