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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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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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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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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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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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Su, I-Ru; Chou, Yi-Chun – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
Most of the research on second language (L2) narratives has focused on whether or how L2 learners carry their L1 narrative styles into L2 narration; few studies have explored whether L2 learners' knowledge of the L2 also in turn affects their L1 narrative performance. The present study attempted to probe the issue of cultural transfer in narrative…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Second Language Learning, Native Language, Chinese
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Sieh, Yu-cheng – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2016
In an attempt to compare how orthography and phonology interact in EFL learners with different reading abilities, online measures were administered in this study to two groups of university learners, indexed by their reading scores on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). In terms of "accuracy," the less-skilled…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Word Recognition, Phonology, 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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Lin, Crystal Jia-yi – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
Idiom transparency refers to how speakers think the meaning of the individual words contributes to the figurative meaning of an idiom as a whole (Gibbs, Nayak, & Cutting, 1989). However, it is not clear how speakers or language learners form their assumptions about an idiom's transparency level. This study set out to discover whether there are…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Figurative Language
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Huang, Yi-Ping; Jhuang, Wun-Ting – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The proliferation of English-medium instruction (EMI) in nonnative English-speaking (NNES) contexts has compelled researchers to explore the challenges students face in such environments. Mostly quantitative in nature with foci on language-related difficulties in one type of institution or curriculum, these studies obscure the complexity of NNES…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Statistical Analysis
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Yang, Pei-Ling; Wang, Ai-Ling – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2015
The present study aims to investigate the relationship among EFL college learners' language learning strategies, English self-efficacy, and explicit strategy instruction from the perspectives of Social Cognitive Theory. Three constructs, namely language learning strategies, English learning self-efficacy, and explicit strategy instruction, were…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning