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Baghaei, Purya; Ravand, Hamdollah – SAGE Open, 2019
In many reading comprehension tests, different test formats are employed. Two commonly used test formats to measure reading comprehension are sustained passages followed by some questions and cloze items. Individual differences in handling test format peculiarities could constitute a source of score variance. In this study, a bifactor Rasch model…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Test Bias, Individual Differences, Difficulty Level
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Ahmadi Shirazi, Masoumeh – SAGE Open, 2019
Threats to construct validity should be reduced to a minimum. If true, sources of bias, namely raters, items, tests as well as gender, age, race, language background, culture, and socio-economic status need to be spotted and removed. This study investigates raters' experience, language background, and the choice of essay prompt as potential…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Test Bias, Essay Tests
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Rassouli, Aman; Osam, Necdet – SAGE Open, 2019
After four decades of anti-intrusion policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) against the English language, the time has come to evaluate their success rates and to study the status of this language in Iran. This study has thus investigated the status of the English language in Iran on two levels: one concerning the state's policies and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Government Publications
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Namaziandost, Ehsan; Rahimi Esfahani, Fariba; Hashemifardnia, Arash – SAGE Open, 2018
This study compared the effects of spacing and massed instructions on Iranian English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' reading comprehension. To fulfill this objective, 50 Iranian participants were selected among 80 students based on the results of Oxford Quick Placement Test (OQPT). The intermediate selected participants were then randomly…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Derakhshan, Ali; Shakki, Farzaneh – SAGE Open, 2018
It is also hypothesized that proficiency level may have a voice with respect to learning styles. Therefore, to throw light on this issue, the present investigation targeted the relationship between Iranian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners' learning styles and their levels of proficiency at Golestan University, Gorgan, Iran. To this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), College Students
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Janebi Enayat, Mostafa; Amirian, Seyed Mohammad Reza; Zareian, Gholamreza; Ghaniabadi, Saeed – SAGE Open, 2018
This study investigates the correlations between the three measures of written receptive vocabulary size and second language (L2) depth of vocabulary knowledge to find the most reliable test of vocabulary size. Moreover, the corresponding relationship is examined for the higher and lower word-frequency bands of the three tests to find whether the…
Descriptors: Receptive Language, Language Tests, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
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Fazilatfar, Ali M.; Elhambakhsh, S. E.; Allami, Hamid – SAGE Open, 2018
Plagiarism in ESL and EFL learning contexts has become a topic engaging many researchers in a hot debate in recent years. Comparisons of student-generated texts with their source texts have shown that students rely amply on source texts in their writings, using copying as a major strategy. The students themselves relate these problems to their…
Descriptors: Citations (References), Plagiarism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Rashidi, Nasser; Bahadori Nejad, Zahra – SAGE Open, 2018
The present study was undertaken to explore the practicality and the effect of dynamic assessment on L2 writing ability of Iranian English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. To this end, 17 EFL learners divided into two groups, participated in this article. Then, dynamic assessment procedure was done in three steps, topic-choice,…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mehdipour Maralani, Farnaz; Shalbaf, Azre; Gholamali Lavasani, Masoud – SAGE Open, 2018
Despite the role of agency in schools, few researchers have addressed the issue. The present study aims to analyze the relationship between agentic engagement, basic psychological needs, and test anxiety by using structural equation modeling. For this purpose, 289 female students in math-physics and basic sciences were selected as the samples by…
Descriptors: Test Anxiety, Psychological Needs, Learner Engagement, Individual Power
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Tabatabaee-Yazdi, Mona; Motallebzadeh, Khalil; Ashraf, Hamid; Baghaei, Purya – SAGE Open, 2018
Throughout the past decade, evaluating teachers' success has become a crucial issue due to the increased motivation on teacher accountability. In view of that the purpose of the present study is to determine EFL (English as a foreign language) teachers' success in the Iranian institutional context based on students' perspectives. More…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Continuing Education, Models, Language Teachers
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Nafari, Javid; Arab, Alireza; Ghaffari, Sina – SAGE Open, 2017
This study seeks to investigate and understand why and how Iranian higher education students choose to study overseas. After critically analyzing the international student mobility literature, the important factors are distilled. Then, by using Fuzzy-Delphi Method (FDM), 15 factors are selected from the 21 factors initially selected by reviewing…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Motivation, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Dolati, Zahra; Tahriri, Abdorreza – SAGE Open, 2017
This study sought to investigate whether there are differences among EFL instructors of various intelligence types in terms of the types of activities that they implement in their classes. It also sought to investigate teachers' perceptions about the theory of multiple intelligences. To this end, 30 male and female EFL instructors teaching the…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Akbari, Hadi; Ghonsooly, Behzad; Ghazanfari, Mohammad; Shahriari, Hesamodin – SAGE Open, 2017
L2 reading attitude has been the subject of more recent studies in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and many have attempted to define this construct and find its correlates such as gender and L1 and L2 proficiency level. This study builds on the previous studies and aims at highlighting the connection between L2 and L1 reading attitudes and…
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, Native Language, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Hassanzadeh Tavakoli, Farzaneh; Pahlavannezhad, Mohammad Reza; Ghonsooly, Behzad – SAGE Open, 2017
The present study sought to investigate the relationship between cultural capital of senior high school English teachers and their self-efficacy in Iran's English language classrooms using a mixed methods approach. To this end, all senior high school English teachers in seven districts of Mashhad city in Iran were selected as the study population,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Capital, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Tahmasbi, Maryam; Farvardin, Mohammad Taghi – SAGE Open, 2017
This study examined the effects of task types on English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge. To this end, 130 (70 female and 60 male) EFL learners were randomly assigned to one of six tasks of learning 30 target words. The design of the tasks was based on the involvement load hypothesis (ILH)…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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