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Henry, Nick; Jackson, Carrie N.; Dimidio, Jack – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This study investigates the role of prosodic cues and explicit information (EI) in the acquisition of German accusative case markers. We compared 4 groups of 3rd-semester learners (low intermediate level) who completed 1 of 4 Processing Instruction (PI) treatments that manipulated the presence or absence of EI and focused prosody. The results…
Descriptors: Suprasegmentals, Cues, German, Language Acquisition
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Cunningham, D. Joseph – Modern Language Journal, 2016
The pairing of telecollaboration and focused instruction can lead to measurable gains in second language learners' pragmatic competence (Belz & Vyatkina, 2005, 2008; Vyatkina & Belz, 2006). This article examines speech act production in telecollaborative exchange, focusing on the requesting behavior of American learners of German for…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Collins, Laura; Muñoz, Carmen – Modern Language Journal, 2016
"The Modern Language Journal" has long been an important venue for the publication of research and reflection on the teaching and learning of foreign languages (FL) in classroom contexts. In this article, we offer a perspective on the contemporary FL classroom, informed by a descriptive survey of all studies that took place in FL classes…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French, German
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Van de Guchte, Marrit; Braaksma, Martine; Rijlaarsdam, Gert; Bimmel, Peter – Modern Language Journal, 2015
In the present study, we examine the effects of prompts and recasts on the acquisition of two new and different grammar structures in a task-based learning environment. Sixty-four 14-year-old 9th grade students (low intermediate) learning German as a foreign language were randomly assigned to three conditions: two experimental groups (one…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Prompting
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Flecken, Monique; Carroll, Mary; Weimar, Katja; Von Stutterheim, Christiane – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The typological contrast between verb- and satellite-framed languages (Talmy, 1985) has set the basis for many empirical studies on L2 acquisition. The current analysis goes beyond this typology by looking in detail at the conceptualization of the path of motion in a motion event. We take as a starting point the cognitive salience of specific…
Descriptors: Motion, Language Processing, Second Language Learning, Verbs
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Athanasopoulos, Panos; Damjanovic, Ljubica; Burnand, Julie; Bylund, Emanuel – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The aim of the current study is to investigate motion event cognition in second language learners in a higher education context. Based on recent findings that speakers of grammatical aspect languages like English attend less to the endpoint (goal) of events than do speakers of nonaspect languages like Swedish in a nonverbal categorization task…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Psycholinguistics, German, English
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Mozgalina, Anastasia; Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Achievement of advanced literacy as a goal of foreign language (FL) study within the available amount of time requires that FL departments construct a well-articulated program and optimize student learning at each stage of the curriculum. One essential element of such optimization is the development of assessment procedures to place students into…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Feryok, Anne; Oranje, Jo – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Intercultural language teaching and learning has increasingly been adopted in state school systems, yet studies have shown that language teachers struggle to include it in their practice. The aim of this study is to use dynamic systems theory to examine how a German as a foreign language teacher in a New Zealand secondary school adopted a project…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, German, Intercultural Programs, Secondary School Curriculum
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Römer, Ute; O'Donnell, Matthew Brook; Ellis, Nick C. – Modern Language Journal, 2014
This article examines second language (L2) learner knowledge of English verb-argument constructions (VACs), for example, the "V 'against' n" construction. It investigates to what extent constructions underpin L2 learners' linguistic competence, how VAC mental representations in native speakers and learners differ, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Form Classes (Languages), Verbs, Linguistic Competence
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Vyatkina, Nina – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This study tracks the development of syntactic complexity in the writing of two beginning German as a second language learners with English as a first language over four semesters of collegiate language study by using developmental profiling techniques applied to an annotated learner corpus. The focus of the investigation is on individual…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics, Profiles, Syntax
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VanPatten, Bill; Collopy, Erin; Price, Joseph E.; Borst, Stefanie; Qualin, Anthony – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This study presents the results of four experiments in the framework of processing instruction conducted with four language learner groups (Spanish, "n"?=?43; German, "n"?=?46; Russian, "n"?=?44; and French, "n"?=?48; discussed in that order). In each experiment, the processing problem was held constant (the…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Nouns, Grammar, Contrastive Linguistics
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Busse, Vera; Walter, Catherine – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article reports on a study involving first-year modern foreign languages students enrolled in German degree courses at two major universities in the United Kingdom. It explores the experience of these students from a motivational angle. A longitudinal mixed-methods approach was employed in order to address the time- and context-sensitive…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Longitudinal Studies, German
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Liamkina, Olga; Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna – Modern Language Journal, 2012
Adopting a functional perspective that views grammar as a rich resource for making contextualized meanings in a culture- and language-specific way, the article reconsiders the role of explicit grammar instruction in developing communicative abilities of second language learners. It draws on two distinct but complementary research frameworks,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Morphemes, Grammar, Native Speakers
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Heift, Trude; Rimrott, Anne – Modern Language Journal, 2012
This study investigates task-related variation in learner performance in a computer-assisted language learning (CALL) environment. For our study, we collected data from 15 beginner and then intermediate second language (L2) learners of German who worked on 3 distinct activity types over 16 months: free composition, translation, and sentence…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Program Effectiveness, Translation
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Reichert, Tetyana; Liebscher, Grit – Modern Language Journal, 2012
The goal of this article is to further our understanding of how learning opportunities are created in interactions. Based on a conversation analysis of peer interactions of foreign language learners, we investigate how the negotiation of expert positions among these learners affects this process. The focus of the analysis is on the relationship…
Descriptors: Interaction, Discourse Analysis, Novices, Expertise
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