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Spada, Nina – Modern Language Journal, 2005
In this article, I explore some of the epistemological, technical, and ethical challenges in doing research on instructed second language (L2) learning in Canadian school settings. I examine these challenges from the viewpoint of classroom research that has been influenced by cognitive-interactionist theories of learning. This includes my own…
Descriptors: Researchers, Second Language Learning, Learning Theories, Language Laboratories
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Sheen, Ron; Spada, Nina; Lightbown, Patsy – Modern Language Journal, 2000
Critiques a study on instruction, first language influence, and developmental readiness in second language acquisition. Agrees with conclusions of the study but argues that the study itself provided no justification for the conclusion other than what has been evident in research carried out on Quebec francophone school learners of English. The…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Error Correction, Feedback, Foreign Countries
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Spada, Nina; Lightbown, Patsy M. – Modern Language Journal, 1999
Investigated how learners' developmental readiness interacted with instruction in second language (L2) acquisition. Researchers pretested francophone children (age 11 to 12) on their knowledge and use of English questions, determined their developmental stages, then exposed them to numerous English questions in class. Posttesting indicated that…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries