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Yalçin, Sebnem; Spada, Nina – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2016
This study investigates the relationship between foreign language aptitude and the learning of two English structures defined as easy or difficult to learn. Using a quasiexperimental design, 66 secondary-level learners of English as a foreign language from three intact classes were provided with four hours of instruction on the "passive"…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Aptitude
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Ammar, Ahlem; Spada, Nina – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2006
This quasi-experimental study investigated the potential benefits of two corrective feedback techniques (recasts and prompts) for learners of different proficiency levels. Sixty-four students in three intact grade 6 intensive English as a second language classes in the Montreal area were assigned to the two experimental conditions--one received…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Feedback (Response), Prompting, Language Proficiency
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Spada, Nina; Lightbrown, Patsy M. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1993
In a study of the oral performance of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners, the accuracy and developmental progress of young francophone 10 and 12 year olds was investigated. Results support the hypothesis that form-focused instruction and corrective feedback provided in the context of communicative interaction can contribute to short- and…
Descriptors: Children, English (Second Language), Feedback, Foreign Countries
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Lightbown, Patsy M.; Spada, Nina – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1990
Investigation of the developing oral English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) skills of native French speaking elementary students in a five-month intensive ESL course found that teachers' use of form-focused instruction and corrective feedback influenced students' correct use of "-ing" structures and adjective-noun order. (47 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Feedback
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Spada, Nina – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1986
Forty-eight adult learners from three intermediate-level ESL classes participated in a study investigating the effects that differences in learners' out-of-class contact with the second language might have on proficiency. Results indicated that learners' informal contact interacted with differences in instruction to produce variation in…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Analysis of Covariance, Class Activities, Classroom Environment