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Vasquez, Camilla; Fioramonte, Amy – TESL-EJ, 2011
This article describes a semester-long course focusing on pragmatics and language teaching, which is a curricular requirement in a Master's TESL program at one U.S. university. An exploratory study was conducted with a sample of students who had taken the course in the past 5 years, to determine whether they had been able to incorporate what they…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Ishihara, Noriko – TESL-EJ, 2011
While some recent pioneering work (e.g., Eslami-Rasekh, 2005; Eslami & Eslami-Rasekh, 2008; Yates & Wigglesworth, 2005) has begun to investigate the effects of instructional pragmatics in teacher education, little has been explored in depth as to the way in which teacher cognition develops in the classroom discourse of language teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Learning Theories, Seminars, Case Studies
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Murray, Jill C. – TESL-EJ, 2011
Instructional pragmatics in teacher education is generally focused on ways that ESOL teachers can develop the pragmatic competence of L2 learners. However, as every interaction in an English medium classroom requires a high level of pragmatic competence on the part of teachers themselves, it can also be conceptualised more broadly to encompass the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Figurative Language, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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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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Whiting, James; Granoff, Stuart – TESL-EJ, 2010
Research examined the effects of additional input, audio recordings and video recordings, on second-language readers' comprehension of a short story. Participants were 37 English-language learners enrolled in three college ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. Each group read Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery," and…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Literary Genres
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Jarvis, Huw; Stakounis, Helena – TESL-EJ, 2010
A large number of non native speakers (NNS) of English from around the globe attend summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses in host countries before going on to further study. Such learners have expectations regarding the improvements that they will make in their speaking skills, not just in an academic context, but also in social…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Oral Language, Native Speakers, English for Academic Purposes
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Cho, Eun Hye; Larke, Patricia J. – TESL-EJ, 2010
Repair strategies are the ways in which students resolve conversational problems in speaking, hearing and understanding. While there is a plethora of research on college and adult students' repair strategies usage, limited research has been done on the repair strategies usage of elementary school students, more specifically, English as a Second…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Interpersonal Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Roger, Peter – TESL-EJ, 2010
This interview study of seven highly proficient Korean users of English examines the role of the "ideal second language self" as a motivator in the learning of English as a global language. It explores their perspectives on the cultural associations that English holds, the degree to which a "global identity" is a part of their…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Citizenship, Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation
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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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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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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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Piriyasilpa, Yupaporn – TESL-EJ, 2009
Writing in English is often a problem for EFL learners in part because students may translate literally from their L1, and also because they may organise their writing by focusing on the grammatical structure at the level of clause or sentence. However, many studies argue that language is meaningful at a unit larger than a clause or sentence…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Sentences, Grammar, Language of Instruction
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Myles, Johanne – TESL-EJ, 2009
In recent years, an increasing number of university students in Canada speak a home language other than English, which can put added pressure on the kinds of linguistic, cultural, and academic support they may require in their tertiary education and in the workplace. Indeed, communication difficulties can surface in the workplace for students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English for Special Purposes, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teaching Methods
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Then, David Chen-On; Ting, Su-Hie – TESL-EJ, 2009
This study examines functions of teacher code-switching in secondary school English and science classrooms in Malaysia, where English has recently been implemented as the language of instruction for science. Classroom interaction data were obtained from two English lessons and a science lesson. Analysis of the teachers' code-switching using…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Code Switching (Language), Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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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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