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Zhong, Qunyan Maggie; Norton, Howard – TESL-EJ, 2018
Information and communications technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for innovation in educational practice. Among all the educational technological tools, online discussion forums represent one of the most extensively adopted educational media in higher education. Yet a review of the literature indicates a lack of empirical studies…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Zhong, Qunyan Maggie – TESL-EJ, 2014
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in language learners' beliefs in second language acquisition (SLA). Nonetheless, few studies to date have investigated the extent to which learners' beliefs develop, and the factors that contribute to this development have not been examined seriously. Employing a naturalistic inquiry, this…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Asians, Foreign Countries, Immigrants
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Andrew, Martin – TESL-EJ, 2012
This study investigates the value of community experience for mediating linguistic practice and cultural learning. Learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL), both immigrants and international students, frequently report difficulties in practicing English outside the classroom (Wright, 2006). Grounded in poststructuralist social identity…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Socialization, Females, Second Language Learning
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Blackall, Leigh – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article looks at what constitutes an open educational resource and considers the issues and benefits to an educational institution that is moving to participate in open educational resource development and to adopt more open educational practices. It describes the initial steps in these directions being made by the Educational Development…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education
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Reinders, Hayo; Lázaro, Noemí – TESL-EJ, 2007
Assessment is generally seen as one of the key challenges in the field of self-access learning (Gardner & Miller, 1999; Champagne et al., 2001; Lai, 2001; Kinoshita Thomson, 1996). Many researchers and practitioners point to difficulties with assessing language gains in an environment in which variables cannot comprehensively be controlled…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Evaluation Methods