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The Success Of Task Type In Facilitating Oral Language Production In Online Computer Mediated Collaborative Projects, Shannon Jennifer Sauro Jan 2001

The Success Of Task Type In Facilitating Oral Language Production In Online Computer Mediated Collaborative Projects, Shannon Jennifer Sauro

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Sv To Vs: The Acquisition Of Spanish Pragmatic Word Order By Native Speakers Of English, Jene Hughes Jan 2001

Sv To Vs: The Acquisition Of Spanish Pragmatic Word Order By Native Speakers Of English, Jene Hughes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Reported Speech: Empirical Corpus Findings Compared With Efl/Esl Textbook Presentations, Suzanne Emily Bayless Eckhardt Jan 2001

Reported Speech: Empirical Corpus Findings Compared With Efl/Esl Textbook Presentations, Suzanne Emily Bayless Eckhardt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study uses the method of corpus linguistics to investigate a particular grammatical topic in English: Reported Speech. First, presentations of reported speech in seven ESL/EFL (English as a Second/Foreign Language) grammar textbooks are analyzed. The results of the analysis show what information ESL/EFL students currently receive from textbooks about reported speech. Second, a corpus study is implemented to determine how people actually use reported speech in real life. The results of the empirical corpus study represent authentic, naturally-occurring language and reported speech patterns in two registers of American English: Newspaper Writing and Conversation. Third, the results ...


Evaluating The Structure And Pedagogy Of Bavarian Esl Texts, Chris Ashley Fox Jan 2001

Evaluating The Structure And Pedagogy Of Bavarian Esl Texts, Chris Ashley Fox

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study compares ESL textbooks used Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium classrooms across Bavaria, Germany. To make these comparisons, textbooks were collected and evaluated by a newly created evaluation tool. Essential components of textbooks were determined while properties of test usefulness and the possible TLU's of learners were examined and incorporated into the new evaluation tool. Texts were examined by the detailed completion of questions posed in the evaluation tool. The findings show that Bavarian ESL textbooks do seem to take into account the possible TLU's of their learners and tend to limit the difficulty level of the materials ...


The Speech Act Of Complaining: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Study Of Chinese And American English Speakers, De Zhang Jan 2001

The Speech Act Of Complaining: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Study Of Chinese And American English Speakers, De Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This Chinese-American cross-cultural comparative study on the speech act of complaining aimed to answer the call for the need of a study in the following areas: American-Chinese interlanguage pragmatics, the development of (advanced) L2 learners' pragmatic competence and one of the least studied speech acts--complaining. In this study, a Discourse Completion Task (DCT) form was used to elicit complaints in 8 hypothetical situations from 94 subjects--32 Chinese longer-term residents with an average length of 3.2 years' residence in the U.S., 30 Chinese short-term residents who had stayed in the U.S. for an average of 0.5 year ...


Exploring The Content-Based Esl Program: A Case Of Research-Conscious Pedagogy, Jessica Elaine Mercer Jan 2001

Exploring The Content-Based Esl Program: A Case Of Research-Conscious Pedagogy, Jessica Elaine Mercer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A small liberal arts college in the process of developing the curricular framework for a new ESL program with an intensive element provides the setting for this qualitative study. Practicing a research-conscious perspective, the extent to which the content-based approach to English language instruction is pedagogically appropriate for a small program housed at a liberal arts college is discussed. After examining both the theoretical underpinnings of the content-based approach and the application of content-based instruction in selected college settings, the adoption of a content-based approach for a small program focused on preparing non-native speakers of English for continued academic study ...


The Influence Of Proficiency, Extraversion, And Inter-Personal Interaction On Esl Writing, Julie A. Thornton Jan 2001

The Influence Of Proficiency, Extraversion, And Inter-Personal Interaction On Esl Writing, Julie A. Thornton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The transfer of speech features to writing is a common problem in the writing development of non-native speakers of English because students often do not recognize when this transfer is occurring and how it can impact a piece of discourse. The purpose of this study is to investigate how the factors of proficiency, extraversion, and use of English influence this transfer in non-native speakers of English who are learning English for academic purposes. Proficiency was determined by the English as a second language writing course in which participants were enrolled at the time of the data collection. Participants also completed ...


The Preparation Of Pastors In Premarital Counseling , Jeffrey Karl Buikema Jan 2001

The Preparation Of Pastors In Premarital Counseling , Jeffrey Karl Buikema

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Historically, clergy have been the primary providers of premarital counseling (PMC). Over the past 50 years, limited research has been focused on the preparation needs of pastors in PMC. When asked, they claimed to feel inadequate as PMC providers. They cited inadequate seminary education as the reason (Babb, 1992; Buikema, 1999; Ipes, 1982; Loskot, 1993; Stahmann & Hiebert, 1997).;The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the "lived experience" of pastors and their PMC ring needs by seeking their direct input. Twelve interviews were conducted. The researcher developed a 10-question protocol based on his previous research on PMC (Buikema, 1999 ...


The Effects Of Discipline-Specific Background Knowledge On Reading Comprehension, Svetlana Chigayeva Jan 2001

The Effects Of Discipline-Specific Background Knowledge On Reading Comprehension, Svetlana Chigayeva

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A large university such as Iowa State attracts international students not only of various ethnic backgrounds, but of various educational backgrounds as well. Here, students come to get their undergraduate and graduate degrees in diverse fields like engineering, agriculture, sociology, history, etc. Like most other US universities, ISU offers special English courses for international students, and the tool used to determine which class is necessary for a particular student is the English Placement Test. One part of this test is intended to measure students' reading proficiency, and this particular subtest is the interest of the current study.


Eleanor's Story: Growing Up And Teaching In Iowa: One African American Woman's Experience , Kay Ann Taylor Jan 2001

Eleanor's Story: Growing Up And Teaching In Iowa: One African American Woman's Experience , Kay Ann Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Eleanor's story is oral history biographical narrative research about the remarkable life of an 81-year old African American woman who was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. The study is rich with primary document artifacts from Eleanor Rebecca Powell Archer's personal collection. Primary documents are interspersed within the chapters and in three galleries. Fourteen interviews averaging two and one-half hours in length each were conducted over one year's time.;The Introduction provides a historical overview of the State of Iowa and sets the context for the state into which Eleanor's ancestors migrated and settled. The ...


R2d2 Goes To Work: The Design And Development Of A First-Year Art Foundations Course , Kristen Mary Wright-Evans Jan 2001

R2d2 Goes To Work: The Design And Development Of A First-Year Art Foundations Course , Kristen Mary Wright-Evans

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation tells the story of the design and development of an experimental first-year art foundations course at Iowa State University. This instructional design (ID) project used an instructional design model that is based on a constructivist theory of learning and an interpretivist philosophy of science. The R2D2 ID model uses three principles---recursion, reflection, and participation---to guide the design and development process rather than a set of prescriptive steps that are typically found in traditional ID models.;The classroom environment was structured around the constructivist teaching strategies of cognitive apprenticeship and problem-based learning. Each of the studio problems were written ...


Structure And Validity Of Vocational Interest Scales With Us Racial And Ethnic Groups: Exploring The Interests Beyond Riasec , Ronke Renee Lattimore Tapp Jan 2001

Structure And Validity Of Vocational Interest Scales With Us Racial And Ethnic Groups: Exploring The Interests Beyond Riasec , Ronke Renee Lattimore Tapp

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The large national sample of racial-ethnically diverse participants in this study was derived from the vast information obtained during the revision of the 1994 Strong Interest Inventory (SII: L. W. Harmon, J. C. Hansen, F. H. Borgen & A. L. Hammer, 1994). The balanced sample utilized in the study contained 3,087 individuals from four of the major U.S. racial-ethnic groups: 805 African Americans, 795 Asian Americans, 800 Caucasian Americans, and 687 Hispanic Americans. Item-based factor scales derived using each racial and ethnic group separately and with the balanced sample produced factor scale interest structures that were highly similar. In ...


The Phonological Acquisition Of International Teaching Assistants Receiving Training In An Esl Context, Jonathan I. Compton Jan 2001

The Phonological Acquisition Of International Teaching Assistants Receiving Training In An Esl Context, Jonathan I. Compton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.