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Iowa State University

2004

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Examining Esl Students' Vocabulary Retention In An On-Line Environment Using The Mental Effort Hypothesis, Jennifer Anne Oden Jan 2004

Examining Esl Students' Vocabulary Retention In An On-Line Environment Using The Mental Effort Hypothesis, Jennifer Anne Oden

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The advent of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) materials has revolutionized teaching as increasing numbers of educators realize the power of the medium. With the proliferation of these materials comes a need for developers to make informed choices about the materials they create. In studies using traditional print materials, researchers have discovered the importance of glossing difficult vocabulary words; however, the method of glossing varies greatly. More research is needed to inform the decisions educators make about the types of glosses to offer. The research questions shaping this study are: 1) Does a multiple-choice option that requires students to expend mental ...


Attitudes Of Native And Nonnative Speakers Of English Toward Various Regional And Social U.S. English Accents, Stacey R. Dent Jan 2004

Attitudes Of Native And Nonnative Speakers Of English Toward Various Regional And Social U.S. English Accents, Stacey R. Dent

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Putting Principles Into Practice, Joan Jamieson, Carol Chapelle, Sherry Preiss Jan 2004

Putting Principles Into Practice, Joan Jamieson, Carol Chapelle, Sherry Preiss

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CALL evaluation might ideally draw on principles from fields such as second language acquisition, language pedagogy, instructional design, and testing and measurement in order to make judgments about criteria such as elaborated input, feedback, collaborative learning, authentic tasks, navigation, screen design, reliability, validity, impact, and practicality. In this study, a subset of criteria were used to evaluate the design of English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) online courses and assessments, Longman English Online. This article illustrates how a set of principles suggested evaluation criteria which, in turn, suggested particular variables for the instructional design; these variables, again ...


Central American Immigrant Women's Perceptions Of Adult Learning: A Qualitative Inquiry , Ana Guisela Chupina Jan 2004

Central American Immigrant Women's Perceptions Of Adult Learning: A Qualitative Inquiry , Ana Guisela Chupina

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this inquiry was to explore how Central American immigrant women experienced and gave meaning to the phenomenon of adult learning in the Midwestern United States. Data collection followed Seidman's (1998) model for in-depth phenomenological interviewing, which combined interviews informed by the methodologies of life story and phenomenology. Three in-depth interviews were conducted with five Central American immigrant women living in a Midwestern metropolitan area. These interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The transcripts were crafted into first-person narratives that captured the participants' life stories of learning. The transcripts were also inductively analyzed through a process that ...


Measuring The Impact Of Higher Education On Student Development Regarding Racial Attitudes And Support For Race-Based Policy , Timothy Donald Levonyan Radloff Jan 2004

Measuring The Impact Of Higher Education On Student Development Regarding Racial Attitudes And Support For Race-Based Policy , Timothy Donald Levonyan Radloff

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the educational effect of diversity course graduation requirements on undergraduate students' racial attitudes and support for race-based policy at a predominantly White Midwest university. The present research utilized social structural variables as well as classical and contemporary measures of prejudice and racism to analyze undergraduate students' racial attitudes toward African Americans and support for race-based policy. An 85-question survey on the Internet was administered to undergraduate students at two different time periods during the 2000--01 academic year employing two different data collection techniques. Undergraduate students were contacted in their classes and asked ...


An Assessment And Analysis Of English Language Needs Of Arabic-Speaking Students Particularly For The Arabian Gulf Region Attending Iowa State University, Cris Deanna Fisher Jan 2004

An Assessment And Analysis Of English Language Needs Of Arabic-Speaking Students Particularly For The Arabian Gulf Region Attending Iowa State University, Cris Deanna Fisher

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Esl Students' Use Of Concordances And Dictionaries In The Transfer Of Academic Word Knowledge: A Comparative Study, Jagdish Kaur Jan 2004

Esl Students' Use Of Concordances And Dictionaries In The Transfer Of Academic Word Knowledge: A Comparative Study, Jagdish Kaur

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Concordancing in the classroom is fairly a new approach which has emerged with the use of corpora in language learning. In a concordance, language is presented in natural setting; learners are able to examine a key word in the context of a string of sentences which can exemplify the use of that particular word. Learners need not rely heavily on their teachers or their own intuition as they can explore specific language features from the vast amount of information in the corpora. Vocabulary knowledge acquired from a concordance can be transferred to novel texts (Cobb, 1999) to enhance student writing ...


The Cross-Cultural Component In Teaching Business English To Native Russian Speakers, Maria Loukianenko Jan 2004

The Cross-Cultural Component In Teaching Business English To Native Russian Speakers, Maria Loukianenko

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This thesis project is designed to conduct a cross-cultural analysis of rhetorical patterns in Russian and American business correspondence. The study reviews the literature on previous findings in international business communication presented by both linguists and international management and marketing theorists. A special focus is on Hofstede's theory of cultural dimensions (power distance, uncertainty avoidance, and individualism/collectivism). The study adapts his theory for the linguistic and rhetorical analysis of the American and Russian business letters. As a part of the research, a preliminary framework is set up that allows the comparison of the data in terms of the ...


Literature And The Development Of Oral Fluency: A Study Using Poetry And Children's Literature In Adult Esl Instruction, Ketty Ruth Reppert Jan 2004

Literature And The Development Of Oral Fluency: A Study Using Poetry And Children's Literature In Adult Esl Instruction, Ketty Ruth Reppert

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The place of literature in language teaching has long been debated. This study investigates the use of poetry and children's literature written in verse as materials for helping advanced adult learners of English as a second or foreign language develop oral fluency skills. Fifteen native Chinese-speaking graduate students or professionals associated with ISU participated in the study. Speech samples were taken before and after a two-week treatment period. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the three treatment groups: a children's literature group, and adult literature group, and a control group. During the treatment period, each of the ...


The Impact Of Multilingualism & Language Learning Experiences On An Immigrant Woman's Identity: A Case Study, Dessislava Georgieva Bekrieva-Grannis Jan 2004

The Impact Of Multilingualism & Language Learning Experiences On An Immigrant Woman's Identity: A Case Study, Dessislava Georgieva Bekrieva-Grannis

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Following the interpretive qualitative approach, the present study strives to give voice to an immigrant woman by telling her story about the development of her identity as a multilingual learner of English. Using multiple methods of data collection (in-depth interviews, informal observations, documents, artifact, member checks, and peer debriefings), this research attempts to shed light on how an immigrant woman makes sense out of her social world through the languages she uses, their function in her life, the meanings she assigns to each and the role of learning languages on her multilingual identity. Some SLA investigators have argued that because ...