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Title: The time factor in EFL practice
Author: Serrano Serrano, Raquel
Keywords: Ensenyament de llengües
Adquisició d'una segona llengua
Language teaching
Second language acquisition
English language
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: This paper analyzes whether the distribution of the hours of classroom practice has any effect on students' foreign language gains, by comparing two types of EFL (English as a foreign language) programs: one in which the hours of instruction are distributed in long sessions over a short period (intensive course), and another in which the students attend short sessions over a long period of time (regular course). Data from 152 participants at two proficiency levels were gathered. Learners' grammar and vocabulary knowledge, as well as listening, writing and speaking skills were examined through a variety of tasks. The results of the analyses performed indicate that intermediate-level students tend to make more language gains in intensive programs than in regular programs, whereas advanced EFL students do not seem to benefit from intensive classroom practice as much as intermediate students do.
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It is part of: Language Learning, 2011, vol. 61, p. 117-145
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ISSN: 0023-8333
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Llengües i Literatures Modernes i Estudis Anglesos)

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