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This study analyses the talk that occurs when students give opinions and suggestions during response sessions. Discussions of four pairs of ESL university students were audiotaped and transcribed. Discourse segments containing suggestions and opinions were coded according to who initiated the...
Literacy learning programs using computers have been developed on a variety of assumptions about language, language learning and instructional design. This paper will explore a number of criteria for the assessment of computer assisted language learning (CALL) programs based first, on a...
The article looks at problem-solving as a means of internalising second language grammar. Problem-solving in this context refers to a type of learning that is conscious, inductive, and heuristic. In the problem-solving framework, as outlined in this paper, grammar learning is thought of in terms...
This paper examines the feasibility of allowing the texts that are used in a course to sequence the target vocabulary of a course, in this paper the vocabulary of academic study as represented by the University Word List. It was found that such an approach would only allow the learners to meet a...
Critical thinking is not a subject that needs to be taught separately, but is a skill that can easily be included in any educational activity. As a skill it may be more important than the subject matter being taught because it is a skill that never goes out of date. English education, like any...
This article examines post-war developments in English language education in Hong Kong and, in particular, the 'communicative' English language syllabus, a major government-sponsored innovation in language education in the past 15 years. The article begins with a historical perspective on the...
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