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Pawan, Faridah; Pu, Hong – TESL-EJ, 2019
Much research shows that regardless of where teachers are trained, there is the disjuncture between training and practice. As a result, teachers reject new approaches because they are not aligned to contexts in which they eventually find themselves. This research, however, shines a light on the efforts of Chinese English language teachers in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Xu, Xiwen; Li, Xuemei – TESL-EJ, 2018
This paper explores a process-genre approach to teaching academic writing skills to advanced English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students. The 'reading-to-writing' tasks and procedures were designed to examine the feasibility of the approach for a doctoral English-for-academic-purposes (EAP) program in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English for Academic Purposes, Writing Instruction, Academic Discourse
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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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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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Lehman, Clayton Wayne – TESL-EJ, 2017
The purpose of this small-scale study was to examine whether language is a factor in the reporting of bullying behavior by young English language learners enrolled in an early childhood program of an English-medium school in China. Further investigated was whether an English-only language policy affects the reporting of bullying behavior.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Language Usage, Bullying
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Yuan, Yifeng; Shen, Huizhong; Ewing, Robyn – TESL-EJ, 2017
For a long time, Australian English and culture have not been viewed in China as an equal to its American and British counterpart. This is reflected in teachers' choice of destination when it comes to English teaching and learning resources. This paper examines Chinese English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers' perceptions of the contents and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Nicholes, Justin – TESL-EJ, 2016
This classroom quasi-experiment aimed to learn if and to what degree supplementing classroom instruction with Rosetta Stone (RS), Tell Me More (TMM), Memrise (MEM), or ESL WOW (WOW) impacted high-stakes English test performance in areas of university-level writing, reading, speaking, listening, and grammar. Seventy-eight (N = 78) Chinese learners…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Courseware
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Teng, Feng – TESL-EJ, 2016
The present study was conducted in the context of learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) with the purpose of assessing the roles of breadth and depth of vocabulary knowledge in academic listening comprehension. The Vocabulary Size Test (VST, Nation & Beglar, 2007) and the Word Associates Test (WAT, Read, 2004) were administered to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Listening Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Que, Hua; Li, Xuemei – TESL-EJ, 2015
This study looks into the changing voice of Chinese Post-80s' students in English academic writing. Data were collected qualitatively through interviews with four Chinese Post-80s overseas graduate students and through an examination of their English essays with a focus on discursive features. Findings indicate that Chinese Post-80s' voice is…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Gorsuch, Greta – TESL-EJ, 2012
In the early heyday of ITA education, English as a second language (ESL) educators played a key role in defining three basic learning needs for ITAs: Language, teaching, and culture. Of this model, culture is the most broadly defined and least developed component. It was predicted by some, apparently on the basis of nationality, that ITAs would…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Initial Teaching Alphabet, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience
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Liu, Jiangtao – TESL-EJ, 2009
For various reasons, second language learners modify their speech by means of self-repair. This study, based on a small-scale corpus, shows the patterns and features of self-repairs by intermediate Chinese learners of English. The results suggest that intermediate Chinese learners of English more frequently make repairs than advanced Chinese…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Chinese, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Wei, Ming – TESL-EJ, 2007
This study examines the motivational pattern in relation to the anxiety of Chinese learners of English. Based on a survey consisting of an anxiety questionnaire and a motivation questionnaire, the findings revealed an unbalanced pattern of two types of motivation clusters that resembled the integrative-instrumental duality, with the level of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Correlation
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Zeng, Zhen; Murphy, Elizabeth – TESL-EJ, 2007
This study explores the Language Learning Experiences (LLEs) and beliefs of six non-native speaking (NNS), English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in China. Data collection involved an online questionnaire, an asynchronous focus group, as well as individual online interviews. Findings were presented as profiles of the six cases. Cross-case…
Descriptors: Beliefs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Coding
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Cheng, Liying; Wang, Hong – TESL-EJ, 2004
Drawing on work in general education, second/foreign language teacher education has begun to recognize that within its knowledge base, teachers, apart from the methods and materials they may use, are central to improving English language teaching. To understand the professional development of teachers in the English as a foreign language context,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Barriers, Performance Factors, College Faculty