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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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Fotovatian, Sepideh – TESL-EJ, 2010
This paper provides an account of social integration and professional recognition of non-English-speaking-background (NESB) teachers of English in Australia. The case study profiles two Iranian postgraduate students of English teaching in an Australian university and describes their struggle to construct a social and professional identity. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Professional Recognition, Social Integration, Second Language Instruction
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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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Farhady, Hossein; Hezaveh, Fattaneh Sajadi; Hedayati, Hora – TESL-EJ, 2010
This article reflects upon foreign-language education in Iran. Contrary to its political and historical reputation in the world, Iran has not been well presented regarding its educational system in general and its foreign-language education in particular. Of course, a critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Iranian education…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Wyatt, Mark – TESL-EJ, 2009
Communicative language teaching (CLT) is promoted in teacher education programmes around the world, although the appropriateness of this methodology in contexts outside the English-speaking West has been questioned, often from a theoretical perspective. In fact, very little empirical research has been conducted into the practical knowledge of CLT…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Bellomo, Tom S. – TESL-EJ, 2009
Students enrolled in a college preparatory reading class were categorized based on language origin. Native English speakers comprised one group and foreign students were dichotomized into Latin-based (for example, Spanish) and non Latin-based (for example, Japanese) language groups. A pretest assessment quantified existing knowledge of Latinate…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Pretests Posttests, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language)
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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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Davies, Paul – TESL-EJ, 2009
English as a foreign/second language teaching (ELT) is notably successful in some national public educational systems and unsuccessful in others. Holland, Singapore and Sweden are outstanding examples of great success in the strategic management of ELT in their public educational systems. General failures abound, particularly in countries that…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction
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Shahrokni, Seyyed Abdollah – TESL-EJ, 2009
This empirical study investigates the effect of online textual, pictorial, and textual pictorial glosses on the incidental vocabulary learning of 90 adult elementary Iranian EFL learners. The participants were selected from a pool of 140 volunteers based on their performance on an English placement test as well as a knowledge test of the target…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning, Pictorial Stimuli
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McMurry, Benjamin L.; Tanner, Mark W.; Anderson, Neil J. – TESL-EJ, 2009
Although some students have discovered how to use self-access centers effectively, the majority appear to be unaware of available resources. A website and database of materials were created to help students locate materials and use the Self-Access Study Center (SASC) at Brigham Young University's English Language Center (ELC) more effectively.…
Descriptors: Study Centers, Databases, English (Second Language), Second Language Programs
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