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Yau, Jia-ling Charlene; Lee, Pi-yu – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
This study has two aims: one is to examine whether or not there are individual differences in motivation to read English as a Foreign Language (EFL) among Taiwanese adolescents, and the other is to scrutinize whether or not a gender gap exists among those readers. A total of 252 adolescents, half of them female and the other half male,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, Reading Achievement, Gender Differences
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Tsui, Cynthia – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
English-medium instruction (EMI) has become a driving force behind the curriculum reform in higher education around the world. The current study, drawn from a larger project that involves an EMI teacher development program, explores subtle nuances of change in teachers' self-efficacy beliefs, employing Bandura's theory of self-efficacy (Bandura,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Self Efficacy, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Lee, Jia-Ying – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
This article examines the test-taking strategies of high- and low-scoring Chinese-speaking participants when they answer English multiple-choice reading comprehension questions. Thirty-two participants took a TOEIC reading test, provided think-aloud protocols, and joined a post-task interview. The data come primarily from qualitative analysis and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Wiseness, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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Chung, Siaw-Fong – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
This paper explored a less-studied preposition, "after," and its uses in a corpus. The analysis included an inspection of dictionary senses, followed by the distributional patterns of parts-of-speech, the co-appearing verbs of "after," the contextual uses of [-"ly after"] and [-"ly after"+NOUN], and finally…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Language Usage, Workshops, English (Second Language)
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Wang, Bo; Yu, Shulin; Teo, Timothy – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2018
Previous research has revealed that teacher feedback encourages students' learning of a second language and improves task performance. While former quasi-experimental studies emphasized the positive effects of formative assessment and feedback by teachers on developing oral presentation competence, it remains unclear about the processes during…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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Huang, Hung-Tzu – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
The present study investigated how self-related English learning motivation among Taiwanese adolescent learners differs between students who only receive English instruction in formal schooling and those who have additional private tutoring. A total of 1,698 teenage English learners in public secondary schools across Taiwan completed a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Tutoring
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Lo, Yi-Hsuan Gloria – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
A curriculum is a form of politics (Apple, 1993). The politics of a curriculum defines what is legitimate and valued and what is not. In Taiwan, the objectives of vocational high school (VHS) education are to prepare students to acquire relevant professional knowledge and practical skills and to integrate them into their future career development.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Vocational High Schools, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning
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Jing Jing, Ma – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
One of the key aims of formative assessment in higher education is to enable students to become self-regulated learners (Nicol & Macfarlane-Dick, 2006). Based on Nicol and Macfarlane-Dick's (2006) framework, this exploratory study investigates which formative assessment practices proposed by them were used by one college EFL writing teacher to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Self Control, Case Studies
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Sun, Yu-Chih – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
The study aims to explore in-service teachers' epistemological beliefs about the following five critical paradigms in second language education and their corresponding practices: (1) inductive/deductive grammar instruction, (2) intensive/extensive reading, (3) looking up unknown words in the dictionary/guessing from context, (4) focusing on…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Wu, Hao-yu – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
Imagined identity, referring to the ideal self that L2 learners aspire to become in the future (Norton & Toohey, 2011), has been identified as a critical factor that could guide learners to make a learning investment that they believe would in turn reward them with the social capital for which they yearn (Kanno & Norton, 2003). This…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Self Concept, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Runnels, Judith – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
Since its release in 1979 the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication) has been consistently and widely used by educational institutions and companies of Japan despite criticisms that it provides little useable information about language ability. In order to both reduce the extreme focus on and also aid with the practical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Curriculum, Language Tests, Second Language Learning
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Lai, Ying-Chun – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
This study describes English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners' use of vocabulary consolidation strategies and explores the connection between strategy use and vocabulary learning outcomes. This study included 218 participants who were students from five freshman English classes at a university in Taiwan. Students' self-reports on their use of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Huang, Shu-Chen – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
This paper reports the design of learning-oriented formative assessments in an EFL writing course that involved learners in regularly responding to teacher feedback. Following major assessment and feedback frameworks developed recently, these formative assessments were explicated in three aspects: the scheduling of learning and assessment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Student Evaluation
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Chang, Karen Chung-chien – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
In recent years, although many translation and interpretation (T&I) courses have been offered in undergraduate programs among universities in Taiwan, sight translation (ST), the suggested preparatory course for learning interpreting (Ilg & Lambert, 1996) is not commonly offered as a separate course but an included component in other…
Descriptors: Translation, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, English (Second Language)
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Wang, Han-Chung; Huang, Hung-Tzu; Hsu, Chun-Chieh – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The current study investigates EFL college learners' motivation and engagement during English vocabulary learning tasks. By adopting self-determination theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000), the study looked into the impact of autonomy on college students' task motivation and engagement with vocabulary learning tasks and their general English…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement
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