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Hamid, M. Obaidul; Hoang, Ngoc T. H. – TESL-EJ, 2018
Test-takers' voices in relation to high-stakes language tests have received growing attention in recent years. While the perspectives of this stakeholder group can be utilised to improve test quality, test-taking experience, and test impact, we argue that this goal needs to be achieved by considering a fundamental shift in our conceptualisation of…
Descriptors: Language Tests, High Stakes Tests, Testing, Humanization
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Wach, Aleksandra – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study examines intercultural learning during an email collaboration project carried out as part of an EFL didactics course attended by Polish and Romanian teacher-trainees. Email entries and the results of a final questionnaire were used as sources of data that offered insight into the intercultural dimension of the participants'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Fukuta, Junya – TESL-EJ, 2017
This study explored the longitudinal changes of Japanese EFL learners' psychological attributes of unwillingness to speak English in a task-based classroom. Thirty-three university students participated in this study. They engaged in a communicative task once a week for two semesters. They completed a questionnaire examining the psychological…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Wilkinson, Darrell – TESL-EJ, 2017
Vocabulary knowledge plays an important role in second language proficiency, and learners need to acquire thousands of words in order to become proficient in the target language. As numerous studies have shown that incidental vocabulary acquisition is not sufficient on its own, it is clear that learners must devote considerable time and effort to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Visual Aids, Instructional Materials
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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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Hermessi, Tarek – TESL-EJ, 2017
With the emergence of the intercultural approach to L2 teaching, several studies investigated teachers' attitudes and beliefs concerning the cultural dimension of L2 teaching in different foreign language settings. This study explored teachers' perceptions of the relationship between teaching English and culture in Tunisia, an EFL setting where…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Featro, Susan Mary; DiGregorio, Daniela – TESL-EJ, 2016
Theories on emerging technologies have stated that using blogs in the classroom can engage students in discussion, support peer learning, and improve students' literacy skills. Research has pointed to many ways that blogging is beneficial to student learning when used as an instructional tool. The researchers conducted a project that investigated…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Masters Degrees
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Andrei, Elena; Ellerbe, Marcie; Cherner, Todd – TESL-EJ, 2015
This qualitative study looked at a book club for US teachers in public schools focused on teaching writing to English language learners (ELLs). To guide the study, the central research questions were: (1) What are teachers' perceptions about a book club professional development experience?; and (2) How are teachers' views about second language…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, English Language Learners, Books, Clubs
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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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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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Edwads, Emily; Roger, Peter Stewart – TESL-EJ, 2015
As one constituent of second language (L2) motivation, L2 "self-­confidence" has been shown to be a significant predictor of language proficiency. More recently, L2 self-­confidence has been studied as part of the "willingness to communicate" (WTC) construct. Less is known, however, about the processes by which learners develop…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Learning Motivation, Self Esteem
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Parks, Susan – TESL-EJ, 2015
This study draws from a cultural-historical perspective to explore the experiences of two pre-­service ESL teachers in terms of their efforts to maximize the use of the target language during a school practicum. Both student teachers were fluent in English, had received training in maximizing target language use during their university studies,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Usage
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Fleming, Douglas; René, Carène Pierre; Bangou, Francis; Sarwar, Gul Shahzad – TESL-EJ, 2015
This article explores the links between English as a second language (ESL) instruction and literacy instruction through an examination of viewpoints from eight teachers in two Canadian provinces. Four of these teachers worked in government--funded adult ESL and literacy education programs for a large urban school district in the province of…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Teacher Attitudes
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Uzum, Baburhan; Petrón, Mary; Berg, Helen – TESL-EJ, 2014
This study explores the professionalization of a group of 28 pre-service teachers, using a qualitative case study design and reflective practice as the analytical framework. The pre-service teachers were involved in a service learning project at a local middle school in the U.S. where they designed and taught a content area lesson to English…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Case Studies
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Hyacinth, Timi; Mann, Steve – TESL-EJ, 2014
This article presents data collected in a qualitative study of Nigerian English language teachers working in Nigeria. Many of these Nigerian teachers have not had a formal introduction to reflective practice. Most of them work in conditions of constraint and challenge, experiencing a lack of resources, support and often working with large classes.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reflective Teaching
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