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Fazlali, Behnaz; Shahini, Amin – TESL-EJ, 2019
This study is conducted to examine the effect of input enhancement as an implicit and consciousness-raising as an explicit method of instruction on improving grammatical and lexical collocation knowledge of Iranian EFL learners. To reach this aim, a sample of sixty participants at pre-intermediate level of English proficiency in Gorgan, Golestan,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Phrase Structure
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Chang, Anna C-S; Hu, Hsueh-chao Marcella – TESL-EJ, 2018
This study investigates 62 EFL young adults' vocabulary learning rates immediately after reading ten graded readers, and their vocabulary decay rates after a three-month period. The participants were divided into two relative levels: higher (n = 31) and lower (n = 31). One hundred target words were semi-randomly selected from the reading texts and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Teo, Peter – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study focuses on teacher talk in the context of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching in China. Framed against China's current focus on "thinking, imagination and innovation" as stated in the National English Curriculum Standards (NECS), this paper reports the findings of a qualitative study aimed at understanding how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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Asakawa, Machiko; Kanamaru, Ayako; Plaza, Taron; Shiramizu, Chie – TESL-EJ, 2016
With the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology calling for junior and senior high school English classes in Japan to be more communicative and taught in English, teachers need effective tools to help make their classrooms more interactive. Cooperative learning activities have the potential to increase interaction among students and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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Sato, Rintaro; Takatsuka, Shigenobu – TESL-EJ, 2016
Errors naturally appear in spontaneous speeches and conversations. Particularly in a second or foreign language, it is only natural that mistakes happen as a part of the learning process. After an inappropriate expression is detected, it can be corrected. This act of correcting can be initiated either by the speaker (non-native speaker) or the…
Descriptors: Error Correction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cohen, James; Wickens, Corrine M. – TESL-EJ, 2015
In this qualitative study, we explored the perspectives of three adolescent immigrants regarding learning English in an American High School. We learned that 1) academically English was the primary venue of instruction and considered the primary pathway to educational success. 2) The students claimed their ability to communicate in English had…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Spanish, Academic Achievement
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Dávila, Liv Thorstensson – TESL-EJ, 2015
This article examines high school teachers' engagement of newcomer English learner students' prior knowledge. Three central research questions guided this study: 1) To what extent do teachers function as mediators of their students' prior knowledge? 2) What goes into teachers' thinking about how and when to elicit prior knowledge? and 3) How do…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Second Language Learning, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers
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Hong-Nam, Kay – TESL-EJ, 2014
This study investigated the metacognitive awareness and reading strategies use of high school-­aged English language learners (ELLs) and the relationship between ELL reading strategy use and reading proficiency as measured by a standardized reading test and self-­rated reading proficiency. Results reveal that participants reported moderate use of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Metacognition, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Bhatti, Tariq Muhammad – TESL-EJ, 2013
To study the role of reading in secondary schools and how it may be improved through computers, a year-long study was conducted to examine which of two methods of teaching reading skills, an instructor-led class vs. computer-assisted language learning (CALL), aided secondary students in improving the literal, inferential, and evaluative levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Nishino, Takako – TESL-EJ, 2012
This study investigates the professional development of one EFL teacher, Gen, through narrative analysis and the notion of community of practice (CoP) (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998). This study addresses two questions: (1) How did a Japanese high school teacher generate context-appropriate pedagogy?; and (2) How did multi-membership in…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, English (Second Language), Communities of Practice, Second Language Learning
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Akbari, Ramin; Allvar, Nabi Karimi – TESL-EJ, 2010
There is a substantial research base, mainly in mainstream education, acknowledging that teachers have a great impact on student achievement. However, as far as we know, little if any empirical evidence exists to enable us to determine which set of English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher characteristics correlates with positive student…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Styles, Teacher Characteristics, Achievement Gains
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Baniabdelrahman, Abdallah Ahmad – TESL-EJ, 2010
This study investigates the effect of Jordanian Eleventh grade students' self-assessment on their performance in reading in English. The sample of the study consisted of an experimental group and a control group; each group consisted of two eleventh grade sections (67 male and 69 female students). A reading test was developed and its validity and…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests
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Eslami, Zohreh R.; Fatahi, Azizullah – TESL-EJ, 2008
This study examined the efficacy beliefs of nonnative English speaking (NNES) Iranian EFL teachers. EFL teachers' perceptions of their teaching efficacy in terms of personal capabilities to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and their perceived English language proficiency level were examined. A modified version of the Teacher Sense of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Tickoo, Champa – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article is divided into two parts. Part 1 focuses on the events that took place in teaching the class as a whole. Part 2 presents a case study of five learners who, because they had serious problems, both attitudinal and other problems, received special attention and additional support. The study had two main aims. The first was to respond to…
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, English (Second Language), Writing (Composition), Second Language Instruction
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Eslami-Rasekh, Zohreh; Valizadeh, Katayoon – TESL-EJ, 2004
The present study aimed at investigating learners' beliefs about different learning activities and the degree of discrepancy between learners' preferences and instructors' awareness of those preferences in foreign language learning. The study involved 603 EFL students majoring in different fields who responded to a questionnaire on their preferred…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Beliefs