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Sert, Olcay; Amri, Marwa – Modern Language Journal, 2021
The use of films as teaching and learning materials can provide a variety of opportunities for interaction in second language classrooms. Research on the usage of films in language-learning tasks to provide opportunities for learning and interaction, however, is scarce. Drawing on a database of video-recorded interactions in an upper-secondary…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Mass Media Use, Films, Second Language Learning
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Engman, Mel M.; Hermes, Mary – Modern Language Journal, 2021
Ecological approaches to language learning and materials use represent educational settings as complex and dynamic systems by applying relational perspectives from the natural world in the classroom. For young bilingual Ojibwe learners, the natural world (i.e., local, rural, and reservation land) is a significant language learning resource unto…
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Hasegawa, Atsushi – Modern Language Journal, 2021
In order to conceptualize materials used in pair-work activities from a sociomaterialist perspective, this study examined the moment-by-moment unfolding of 67 pair-work interactions in beginner-level Japanese-as-a-foreign-language classrooms. The types of pair-work materials used in the focal classrooms--either textbook or teacher-designed…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Japanese, Cooperative Learning, Textbooks
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Guerrettaz, Anne Marie – Modern Language Journal, 2021
Materials use is a critical yet poorly understood dynamic of language classrooms. This study examines 'materials-in-action,' meaning how materials shape classroom interaction and activity, in a beginning-level French-as-a-foreign-language classroom. The conceptual framework, 'pedagogical ergonomics,' similarly centers on materials-in-action, and…
Descriptors: French, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Thorne, Steven L.; Hellermann, John; Jakonen, Teppo – Modern Language Journal, 2021
Integrating concepts and techniques from ethnomethodology and sociomaterialism, this article investigates the observable material processes involving human action and place-based contexts of language use enabled by locative media. The focal pedagogical intervention utilized mobile augmented reality (AR) activities, the development of which was…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Video Technology, Place Based Education
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Harwood, Nigel – Modern Language Journal, 2021
The rationale behind this special issue is to underscore the importance of studying instructional materials in context--that is, how materials and textbooks are used by teachers and learners. Research on teaching materials needs to reach beyond traditional 'armchair' analyses and evaluations to appreciate the place of instructional materials in…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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Kim, Miso; Canagarajah, Suresh – Modern Language Journal, 2021
South Korean job seekers face pressure to produce high scores on standardized English tests, which leads to the prominence of test-oriented pedagogy. Though recent scholarship illustrates how materials reflect the values of society and how these are negotiated in classrooms it has mainly analyzed preexisting published books, leaving the potential…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials
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Graves, Kathleen – Modern Language Journal, 2021
This study examines students' self-initiated use of smartphones in multilingual writing classrooms in English-language programs at a U.S. university. Responding to calls for empirical research on materials use in second-language (L2) classrooms, researchers have focused on the roles of language learning and teaching materials in various L2…
Descriptors: College Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Tannenbaum, Michal; Michalovich, Amir; Shohamy, Elana – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Israel's Education Ministry invited proposals for the development of a new multilingual policy for the country's education system. We submitted a proposal for an 'engaged language policy' approach, which helps schools to conceptualize and develop a policy that best fits them ideologically and demographically. This study aimed to map teachers' and…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Arabs, Jews, Language Planning
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Kotilainen, Lari; Kurhila, Salla – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This article explores language learning as the speakers' microlongitudinal project in interaction. Using conversation analysis (CA) as a method, we present a single-case analysis on how a change occurs in the linguistic repertoire of 2 learners of Finnish. We discuss the challenges that the temporal aspect in learning poses within CA, such as the…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Longitudinal Studies
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Pfenninger, Simone E. – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This study reveals hitherto overlooked effects of age of onset (AO) in immersive school contexts, using multiple measures over time so as to focus on fluctuations and trends in individual data. The second language (L2) English development was studied in 91 children who received 50-50 content and language integrated learning (CLIL) instruction in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Second Language Learning, Age Differences, English (Second Language)
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Marshall, Kelle L.; Bokhorst-Heng, Wendy D. – Modern Language Journal, 2020
French second language education, including the option of one-way French immersion, is mandated for majority-language Anglophone children in New Brunswick, Canada's only officially bilingual province. Language ideological debates in the province surrounding official English--French bilingualism led us to investigate adolescent majority-language…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, French, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Talalakina, Ekaterina; Stukal, Denis; Kamrotov, MIkhail – Modern Language Journal, 2020
To date, attempts at empirically validating a construct of academic vocabulary in the form of a frequency list in languages other than English remain conspicuously absent in peer-reviewed journals. This study aims to close this gap by using Russian as a case study to develop an academic vocabulary list and prove its viability through a variety of…
Descriptors: Academic Language, Vocabulary Development, Word Frequency, Word Lists
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Jin, Zhouhan; Webb, Stuart – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This study investigated incidental learning of single-word items and collocations through listening to teacher talk. Although there are several studies that have investigated incidental vocabulary learning through listening, no intervention studies have explicitly investigated the extent to which listening to teachers in a classroom context might…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Native Language, Pretests Posttests, Correlation
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Jiang, Nan; Hou, Fengyun; Jiang, Xin – Modern Language Journal, 2020
In studying the relationship between word recognition and reading development, a distinction is made between analytic and holistic processing of words. These strategies are often assessed in a length effect in an alphabetic language or in a stroke-number effect in a logographic language. Analytical processing is associated with a robust length or…
Descriptors: Word Recognition, Reading Processes, Holistic Approach, Reading Strategies
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