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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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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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Tseng, Ming-i Lydia – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2017
Language teacher identity (LTI) has gained prominence in second language education in the recent two decades, particularly the complexity of identity construction in the changing context shaped by local and global forces. This study adds to recent work on LTI by exploring how Asian teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) constructed their…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Professional Identity
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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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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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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
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Chen, Alvin Cheng-Hsien – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2014
The present study aims to investigate how conceptual symmetry plays a role in the use of spatial particles in English and to further examine its pedagogical implications via a corpus-based evaluation of the course books in senior high schools in Taiwan. More specifically, we adopt a quantitative corpus-based approach to investigate whether bipolar…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Correlation, Language Usage