Current Research in English as a second language

In search of systematicity: A conceptual framework for the English article system
Benjamin J. White, 2010
With numerous rules for use and even more exceptions to those rules, English articles have long been recognized as a challenging topic by both ESL learners and teachers. This research project set o...
Making sense of exit exam policies: A phenomenological study of English language development teachers
Scott N. Forrest, 2010
There is a lack of understanding regarding how sensemaking could be incorporated into a professional development program to improve teacher quality and student achievement. The lived experiences of...
Emotional Intelligence Among Elementary Learners, Parents, and Teachers in Korean English Language Institutes
Kyong C. Beach, 2010
Although Korean students are pressured to master the English language, standardized test scores in English are lower among Korean students than among students of other non- English speaking countri...
The language of success: A case study of the academic achievement of ESL students who thrive in spite of language barriers
Martine Sabine Sylvain, 2010
There is a widening gap between the academic achievement of English as a second language (ESL) students and the rest of the school population as students reach higher levels of education. ESL stude...
Principals' ethical and social justice leadership in serving English language learners: English as a second language and Bilingual teachers' perceptions
Teresa M. Carranza, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine ESL and Bilingual teachers' perceptions of principals' ethical and social justice leadership in promoting equity and achievement for English language learne...
Learning systems: An ecological perspective on advanced academic literacy practices of multilingual writers
Steve Simpson, 2010
Recent work in composition's leading journals has challenged the field's exclusive focus on native English speakers and has called for a more international perspective on writing research and pedag...
The climates of schools and classrooms during the middle grades: Perceptions of ESOL students whose primary languages are neither English nor Spanish
Jill Louise Morris, 2010
This was a study of the experiences of ESOL students whose primary languages were neither English nor Spanish, as those experiences pertained to school and classroom climates. "[I]t is the interact...
The efficacy of a digital mathematics intervention for English language learners in U.S. high schools: An analysis using Sen's capabilities approach
Barbara Freeman, 2010
English language learners (ELLs) often find themselves marginalized with respect to learning mathematics in U.S. schools due, in part, to language barriers and gaps in prerequisite math knowledge a...
A comparison between Taiwanese ESL learners' perception and production of English pronunciation
Jo Shan Fu, 2010
This study examined Taiwanese ESL learners' perception and production of English interdental fricatives (IFs) with respect to three variables: perception errors, production errors, and three ranges...
The influence of cross-linguistic input and L2 proficiency on L2 reading comprehension among Spanish-speaking adults learning English as a second language
Astrid Sussette Rodriguez, 2010
Developing literacy and language proficiency in English is essential to thrive in school and in the workforce in American society. Research on cross-linguistic influences on text-level skills is sc...
How L2 legal writers use strategies for scholarly writing: A mixed methods study
Donna Bain Butler, 2010
This dissertation research fills existing gaps regarding the practices and processes of teaching second language (L2) writers at higher ranges of proficiency in law school context. It is a mixed me...
A phenomenological study of Oklahoma's widening opportunities in the workplace program
Tammy Norton Sagastizado, 2010
The purpose of this in-depth phenomenological study was to examine the perceptions of participants in the state of Oklahoma's Widening Opportunities in the Workplace [WOW] program that is a work-ba...
Understanding the experiences of adult English as a second language instructors: A case study
Marni Alexandra Dorman, 2010
Positioned within the social constructivist view of learning that individuals make meaning from their experiences and through their social actions and interactions, this qualitative study explores ...
Validating a theory-based model of L2 reading comprehension: Relative contributions of content-specific schematic knowledge and L2 vocabulary knowledge to comprehending a science text
Eunjou Oh, 2010
The study explores the question of what explains second language (L2) reading comprehension by proposing a comprehensive theory building on the Construction Integration (CI) model of reading compre...
Perceptions of KFL/ESL teachers in North America regarding feedback on college student writing
Kyoungrok Ko, 2010
Most foreign/second language (L2) teachers invest a significant amount of time and effort in responding to student writing by providing written feedback. Despite the considerable number of experime...
Those who entered through the back door: Characterizing adult ESL teachers and their knowledge
Fu-An Lin, 2010
Elucidating the knowledge base of those who teach adult learners in ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, this research is a qualitative study incorporating multiple data collection techniqu...
Constructing scientific literacy in inquiry-based communities of science practice
Kristen Adair Lewis, 2010
English Language Learners and socioeconomically disadvantaged students were studied from an ethnographic perspective in this research study. These high school students were engaged in the study of ...
Cognitive factors contributing to Chinese EFL learners' L2 writing performance in timed essay writing
Yanbin Lu, 2010
This study investigated cognitive factors that might influence Chinese EFL learners' argumentative essay writing in English. The factors that were explored included English (L2) language proficienc...
Korean teachers' beliefs about English language education and their impacts upon the Ministry of Education-initiated reforms
Cheong Min Yook, 2010
The study aims to expand studies on ESL/EFL teachers' beliefs by investigating the relationship among Korean teachers' beliefs about English language education in Korea, sources of their beliefs, t...
Exploring the changing identities of English Language Learners in a kindergarten classroom community
Megan Farnsworth, 2010
In this dissertation, the participation of 5-year-old Spanish speaking children in a kindergarten classroom community was explored. The school was located in a working and middle-class community in...