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Communication During Public Service Encounters: Spanish L1 Immigrant Consumers And English L1 Employees, Robin Lanae Hinders Jan 2005

Communication During Public Service Encounters: Spanish L1 Immigrant Consumers And English L1 Employees, Robin Lanae Hinders

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As the state of Iowa continues to see an influx in 'new immigrants,' English speaking retail and service agency employees often assist consumers who are nonnative speakers of English on a regular basis. This mismatch between language and culture can sometimes cause misunderstanding and discomfort in cross-cultural relationships. Six Hispanic Spanish LI adult consumers and 13 White English LI employees from one rural Iowa community participated in this study. Both groups were asked a series of interview questions to share their perceptions about their ability to communicate with people in the other group. The participants were also asked to consider ...


Concurrent Validity Of The 2004 Strong Interest Inventory: An Examination Of Gender And College Major , Courtney Elaine Gasser Jan 2005

Concurrent Validity Of The 2004 Strong Interest Inventory: An Examination Of Gender And College Major , Courtney Elaine Gasser

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To keep abreast of the advent of new occupations and majors, the 1994 Strong Interest Inventory (SII) was revised in 2004. This study examined the concurrent validity of the 2004 Strong Interest Inventory, primarily investigating the scales abilities to differentiate between different college majors for women. Discriminant analyses were used to examine the ability of the 41 scales of the SII to separate 31 college majors. Of the 41 scales, 39 scales were statistically significant in separating college majors for women. In addition, the utility of specific sets of scales and the cumulative ability of sets of SII scales to ...


The Impact In-Class Activities In An Academic Communication Skills Class For International Teaching Assistants (Itas) Have On Avoiding Miscommunication In An Out-Of-Class Simulated Office Hour, Elizabeth Clare Tremmel Jan 2005

The Impact In-Class Activities In An Academic Communication Skills Class For International Teaching Assistants (Itas) Have On Avoiding Miscommunication In An Out-Of-Class Simulated Office Hour, Elizabeth Clare Tremmel

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The Scholarship And Practice Of An Integrated Communication Education (Spice) , Irene Poesia Faass Jan 2005

The Scholarship And Practice Of An Integrated Communication Education (Spice) , Irene Poesia Faass

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This dissertation explores the scholarship and practice of an integrated communication education. Specifically, it explores the contributions made by scholarship in the writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) and learning community (LC) movements and in the areas of collaboration, and multimodal communication instruction to the development of an integrated communication curriculum. This innovative communication education responds to the changing nature of communication in the 21st century. After a literature review of this relevant scholarship (Part I), this dissertation includes an account of one curricular initiative, ISUComm, informed by this pedagogical research (Part II). Particular attention is paid in the penultimate chapter to the professional ...


The Language Learning For Academic Success Program At Minnesota State University, Mankato, Amy Mukamuri Jan 2005

The Language Learning For Academic Success Program At Minnesota State University, Mankato, Amy Mukamuri

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The number of documented immigrant students at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota (MSU) for whom English is not their first language is growing. This growth has challenged the institution to make programmatic changes as it supports the learning needs of this expanding student population. The Language Learning for Academic Success Program (LLAS) is one way in which the institution is meeting these needs. Launched in 2004, the program's goal is to facilitate students' development for college level reading, writing and critical inquiry. The thesis will begin to answer the following question by looking at a variety of data ...


Spanish Business Writing Genre Research: Electronic Mail Memoranda , Therese M. Judge Jan 2005

Spanish Business Writing Genre Research: Electronic Mail Memoranda , Therese M. Judge

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Despite the prevalence of a belief in the importance of preparing students for work in a global economy, very little research into Spanish-language written communication practices exists. In this study, I formed hypotheses regarding Mexican business e-mails based on congruencies in the findings of previous Spanish-language writing research and US-English e-mail writing research and then tested these hypotheses against a corpus of 107 Mexican business e-mails. I employed both a qualitative rhetorical analysis and a quantitative feature presence/absence analysis. Of the eight hypothesis statements describing Mexican business e-mails, only two were affirmed. The hypothesis statements describing these workplace e-mail ...


The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy Jan 2005

The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy

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Field Dependence/ Field Independence: How Do Students Perform In Call-Based Listening Activities?, Mónica Stella Cárdenas-Claros Jan 2005

Field Dependence/ Field Independence: How Do Students Perform In Call-Based Listening Activities?, Mónica Stella Cárdenas-Claros

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No abstract provided.


Second Language Needs Analysis In The Workplace: A Case Study Of Hispanic Immigrant Manufacturing Workers, Silke Tietjens Wettergren Jan 2005

Second Language Needs Analysis In The Workplace: A Case Study Of Hispanic Immigrant Manufacturing Workers, Silke Tietjens Wettergren

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No abstract provided.


Where Are The Latinos?: Improving Representation At Metropolitan Community College In South Omaha, Nebraska, Erin Eileen Joy Jan 2005

Where Are The Latinos?: Improving Representation At Metropolitan Community College In South Omaha, Nebraska, Erin Eileen Joy

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No abstract provided.


Diachronic Linguistic Variation In Academic Papers And Its Relationship To The Enculturation Process Of A Novice Nns Graduate Student Into The Academia: A Developmental Case Study, Moisés Damián Perales Escudero Jan 2005

Diachronic Linguistic Variation In Academic Papers And Its Relationship To The Enculturation Process Of A Novice Nns Graduate Student Into The Academia: A Developmental Case Study, Moisés Damián Perales Escudero

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No abstract provided.


Fluency Through Friends: Authentic Video, Subtitle Modification, And Oral Fluency, Christopher Mark Rozendaal Jan 2005

Fluency Through Friends: Authentic Video, Subtitle Modification, And Oral Fluency, Christopher Mark Rozendaal

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No abstract provided.


Variations In Interactional Modifications In Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (Cmc) Between Different Tasks Among Indonesian Non-Native Speakers (Nnss) Of English, Neny Isharyanti Jan 2005

Variations In Interactional Modifications In Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (Cmc) Between Different Tasks Among Indonesian Non-Native Speakers (Nnss) Of English, Neny Isharyanti

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No abstract provided.


Research Into The Use Of Help Options In A Multimedia Listening Unit, Maja Grgurović Jan 2005

Research Into The Use Of Help Options In A Multimedia Listening Unit, Maja Grgurović

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This study investigated learner behavior and performance in a CALL multimedia listening activity which offered a video and two textual help options - a lecture transcript and subtitles in cases of comprehension breakdowns. In particular, the study examined and compared the learners' use of two help options by looking at the time and frequency of interaction with help. The study aimed to identify and compare possible patterns of participants' interaction with help options as well as investigate possible differences between participants at two proficiency levels. The participants in the study were eighteen ESL college students at the intermediate level of listening ...


Effects Of Images On The Incidental Acquisition Of Abstract Words, Anne O'Bryan Jan 2005

Effects Of Images On The Incidental Acquisition Of Abstract Words, Anne O'Bryan

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Recently, research has investigated whether glossing individual vocabulary words in a reading text with multimedia annotations-either with text, video, or still images- helps students learn the individual items, and therefore improve comprehension (Chun, Plass, 1996; Al-Seghayer, 2001). The studies, which are built around the assumption that students can learn better and more efficiently when information is presented in more than one mode, revealed a positive correlation between imagery and vocabulary acquisition. However, most studies focusing on teaching vocabulary incidentally with multimedia annotations annotated only the more concrete words which can easily be portrayed using still images or video. Research attempting ...


Functions Of "Shell Nouns" As Cohesive Devices In Academic Writing: A Comparative Corpus-Based Study, Rahime Nur Aktas Jan 2005

Functions Of "Shell Nouns" As Cohesive Devices In Academic Writing: A Comparative Corpus-Based Study, Rahime Nur Aktas

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This study compares the functions of abstract nouns previously defined as "shell nouns" (Schmid, 2000) to create cohesion in academic texts written by professional published authors and international graduate students. To make this comparison, two corpora of research papers, one by international graduate students and one by published authors, were collected from 6 different academic disciplines (Art and Design, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy). The 35 shell nouns (Hinkel, 2004) were investigated in order to find out the frequency patterns in both corpora. The six shell nouns identified as the most common ones in the ...


A Comparison Of The Use Of Strategies In Reading Electronic And Printed Text By Chinese Adult Esl Learners, Ching-Hui Wang Jan 2005

A Comparison Of The Use Of Strategies In Reading Electronic And Printed Text By Chinese Adult Esl Learners, Ching-Hui Wang

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This study investigates whether Chinese adult ESL learners use the same reading strategies online as they do in traditional print. Three Chinese-speaking graduate students at Iowa State University participated in this study. To best elicit information regarding subjects' thought processes and their use of reading strategies, several methods were used, including think-aloud protocols, Morae software, and a follow-up interview. During the think-aloud process, subjects were assigned two reading tasks. One process involved reading in traditional print, and in the other process, participants read in hypertext. Each text format consisted of three passages. Each subject had the option of choosing two ...


Retelling As An Effective Reading Comprehension Strategy For Young Esl Learners, Jung-Ah Han Jan 2005

Retelling As An Effective Reading Comprehension Strategy For Young Esl Learners, Jung-Ah Han

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Retelling is not a new strategy, but it has been underestimated for a long time. This study investigates the effectiveness of retelling as a reading strategy for elementary school students of English as a Second Language (ESL). Two first graders, three second graders, and three fifth graders participated in the study. They were divided into two groups (Group A and B) considering their English competence and other factors. Their retelling outcomes including oral, written and drawings during 2 months period were collected and analyzed. During the study, students were being read stories and asked to retell the stories orally and ...