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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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Kung, Fan-Wei – TESL-EJ, 2018
With the dissemination of knowledge in higher education, the publish or perish principle has become the norm for academics around the world to remain competitive. The Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) phenomenon has thus emerged in academia and been utilized as a benchmark for research excellence and tenure considerations. While research has…
Descriptors: Publish or Perish Issue, Faculty Publishing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Kung, Fan-Wei – TESL-EJ, 2017
This article examines the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context in Taiwan based on Vygotsky's (1978) socio-cultural framework. The historical context is provided after some delineations of the educational system in Taiwan with regard to its foreign language instruction policy and development. Based upon the proposed socio-cultural framework,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chang, Lilian Ya-Hui – TESL-EJ, 2016
Teachers assume several key roles in the language classroom. Because any one teacher is unlikely to possess the full range of characteristics suggested in the literature, it is vital to explore what individual class groups of learners believe are the characteristics most beneficial to their language learning. This study therefore explored their…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kuo, Jun-­min – TESL-EJ, 2015
This study explores an activity designed to promote critical literacy in Taiwan. This activity had 23 college students perform different exercises all stressing the theme of self-identity as presented in a picture book and other learning sources. Data included classroom observations, reflection entries from the researcher­-instructor, classroom…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Literacy, Worksheets, Student Attitudes
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Pan, Yi-Ching – TESL-EJ, 2014
In much of the world, the issue of accountability and measurement of educational outcomes is highly controversial. Exit testing is part of the movement to ascertain what students have learned and hold institutions and teachers to account. However, compared to the large number of teacher washback studies, learner washback research is lacking…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Exit Examinations, Questionnaires, College Students
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Chen, Cheryl Wei-Yu; Cheng, Yuh-show – TESL-EJ, 2013
Supervision is an essential part of language teachers' professional experiences. The literature on language teacher supervision from the past few decades consists largely of descriptions of supervisory approaches (Bailey, 2009) and analysis of the supervisory discourse (Hooton, 2008; Wajnryb, 1994; 1995; 1998; Wallace & Woolger, 1991). This…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Teacher Supervision, Team Teaching
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Eslami, Zohreh R. – TESL-EJ, 2011
In this paper I discuss a study that involved incorporating instructional pragmatics into an ESL Methodology course. Graduate students who were taking an ESL Methodology course were required to read the literature on interlanguage and instructional pragmatics and teach requestive speech act strategies to Taiwanese EFL students through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Graduate Students
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Su, Shao-Wen – TESL-EJ, 2010
While literature-based instruction has been highly praised for its pedagogical benefits, it confronts entrenched learning hindrances, both linguistic and cultural in EFL settings. Whether the literature instruction in practice is motivating or demotivating is an issue worthy of concern. In response to the issue, this paper examines a literature…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Metalinguistics, Observation, Achievement Tests
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Chang, Anna Ching-Shyang – TESL-EJ, 2009
This study examines 75 Chinese EFL learners' test-taking strategies and their relationship with listening performance. It further looks into how students adjust their strategies under four different task conditions. The participants completed a three-phase (before/during/after) test-taking questionnaire and were given a listening test comprising…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Questionnaires
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Chang, Anna Ching-Shyang; Read, John – TESL-EJ, 2008
Foreign language learners typically experience considerable anxiety about taking listening tests. This study investigated how four forms of listening support (pre-teaching of content and vocabulary, question preview, and repeated input) affect the anxiety levels of college students in Taiwan taking a multiple-choice achievement test, which counts…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Listening Skills
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Beasley, Robert E.; Chuang, Yuangshan – TESL-EJ, 2008
This study adds to the body of empirical knowledge regarding the use of music in the EFL classroom. This original investigation centered around the following question: Does listening repetition, song likeability, and/or song understandability influence learning environment perceptions, learning perceptions, and/or learning outcomes in Taiwanese…
Descriptors: Music, Singing, Educational Environment, Internet
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Chuo, Tun-Whei Isabel – TESL-EJ, 2007
This study investigated the effects of the WebQuest Writing Instruction (WQWI) program on Taiwanese EFL learners' writing performance, writing apprehension, and perception of web-resource integrated language learning. Participants were students from two junior college classes. One class received traditional classroom writing instruction and the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Chen, Yiching – TESL-EJ, 2005
As theorized in Anderson's (1983, 1995) associative stage of skill acquisition, errors or obstacles become an important index of the learning process. However, learning obstacles have not been widely researched in the field of language learning strategies. This study explores the difficulties or barriers confronted by the EFL (English as a Foreign…
Descriptors: Barriers, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Listening Skills
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Liaw, Meei-Ling – TESL-EJ, 2003
Describes a cross-cultural e-mail project implemented to provide a group of English-as-a-Foreign-Language teachers in Taiwan with he opportunity to interact with bilingual/English-as-a-Second-Language pre-service teachers in the United States. Analyses of the e-mail entries revealed that the Taiwanese participants obtained from their U.S. partners…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Electronic Mail, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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