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Peng, Jian-E; Gao, Xuesong – SAGE Open, 2019
Motivation is considered an important impetus driving and sustaining individuals' efforts to fulfill their goals. Against the backdrop that university academics worldwide are increasingly expected to produce research output in prestigious journals for both individual and institutional development, it is necessary to understand academics' research…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Teacher Motivation, College Faculty, English (Second Language)
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Lenchuk, Iryna; Ahmed, Amer – SAGE Open, 2019
The study focuses on the strategies English as a foreign language (EFL) learners choose to take on in requests without evaluating them against the norm of a native speaker, as the concept of native speaker is ideologically problematic in the time of super-diversity. The study uses cultural scripts proposed in the field of cross-cultural pragmatics…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Eshghinejad, Shahrzad; Moini, M. Raouf – SAGE Open, 2016
One aspect of short message service (SMS) communication through a cell phone is use of politeness strategies. As it is extensively argued that females are more polite language users, the present study sought to describe the strategies used by these two groups and to find out whether there is any significant difference between male and female…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Prosocial Behavior, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship
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Al-Mahrooqi, Rahma; Al-Aghbari, Khalsa – SAGE Open, 2016
The main objective of this study was to investigate the refusal speech act among Omani EFL college students. It examined how they refused in various situations and whether their responses were appropriate in terms of culture and accurate in terms of language. Forty-one English as foreign language (EFL) learners completed a Discourse Completion…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Semitic Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Xiong, Hui; Li, Lan; Qu, Yingmei – SAGE Open, 2015
This study aims to investigate how a group of Chinese university teachers developed their cognitive models by using "English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers" metaphors. The research method includes an open-ended questionnaire, a checklist questionnaire, and verbal reports. The goal for this research is twofold. First, we will…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Models
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Burress, Megumu D.; Peters, John M. – SAGE Open, 2015
This article describes ethnographic action research that explored experiences of the first author and her undergraduate students as they engaged in collaborative learning (CL) activities in a university Japanese language course. The purpose of the study was to generate new practical knowledge of CL for her, so that she might subsequently improve…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Japanese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Rahimirad, Maryam; Moini, Mohammad Raouf – SAGE Open, 2015
Academic listening skill is an indispensable necessity for English for academic purposes (EAP) students in English-medium universities and also critical for their future success in comprehending conference lectures. But due to the specific nature of such academic lectures, nonnative students all too often face challenges in getting a full command…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Listening Comprehension, Control Groups, Experimental Groups