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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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Beiler, Ingrid Rodrick; Dewilde, Joke – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Translation has recently been revived as an approach to language learning that builds on students' linguistic repertoires, particularly in linguistically diverse classrooms. However, few studies have examined how students use translation as part of writing in an additional language. This article provides new insights based on the translation…
Descriptors: Translation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Csizér, Kata; Kontra, Edit H. – Modern Language Journal, 2020
The aim of this study was to investigate deaf and severely hard-of-hearing students' foreign language learning characteristics. In order to provide a better understanding of the challenges this group of learners face, a mixed methods study was designed including a questionnaire survey to provide generalizable results for our context and an…
Descriptors: Deafness, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Motivation
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Hwang, Haerim; Jung, Hyeyoung; Kim, Hyunwoo – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Learner corpus studies using syntactic complexity as a construct for characterizing learner proficiency have found that higher proficiency permits learners to produce more complex syntactic structures. However, the majority of previous studies have focused on writing, almost exclusively with adult second language (L2) learners. Given the…
Descriptors: Syntax, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Rassaei, Ehsan – Modern Language Journal, 2020
The present study investigated the effects of 2 forms of text-based second language (L2) vocabulary glosses, namely dynamic and nondynamic glosses on EFL learners' vocabulary knowledge. Dynamic glosses were operationalized as a set of incrementally ordered mediating annotations designed to help learners identify the correct word definition while…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Tavakoli, Parvaneh; Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo; Hunter, Ann-Marie – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Recent research in second language acquisition suggests that a number of speed, breakdown, repair, and composite measures reliably assess fluency and predict proficiency. However, there is little research evidence to indicate which measures best characterize fluency at each assessed level of proficiency and which can consistently distinguish one…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mendoza, Anna – Modern Language Journal, 2020
In volume 103 of "Modern Language Journal," Stephen May suggested that the "multilingual turn" has not fully delivered on its promises, pointing out second language acquisition (SLA) researchers' continued focus on parallel monolingualisms rather than on dynamic bi/multilingualism, the lack of theorization of historicity in…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Research
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Park, Hae In; Solon, Megan; Henderson, Carly; Dehghan-Chaleshtori, Marzieh – Modern Language Journal, 2020
While an elicited imitation test (EIT) has been widely used as a measure of oral proficiency in second language acquisition (SLA) research, it is still unclear the extent to which memory capacity impacts EIT performance. In light of this gap, the present study sought to clarify the nature of elicited imitation by examining the relative…
Descriptors: Imitation, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Suzuki, Yuichi; Nakata, Tatsuya; Dekeyser, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2020
In the coda chapter of the special issue on second language (L2) practice and cognitive psychology, we proposed a theoretical framework for optimizing and researching L2 practice (Suzuki, Nakata, & DeKeyser, 2019). Rogers and Leow's commentary (2020) raised three potential issues regarding this framework, and the present response article aims…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Cognitive Psychology, Learning Processes
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