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MacArthur, Fiona – AILA Review, 2010
Although there exists a number of studies that have shown the benefits of applying the cognitive linguistics notion of motivation to foster comprehension and retention of conventional English metaphors, relatively little attention has been paid to EFL learners' productive use of metaphor in speech and writing. Using data gathered in a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Undergraduate Students, Figurative Language, English (Second Language)
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Llopis-Garcia, Reyes – AILA Review, 2010
This paper presents a series of experiments that tested the usefulness of teaching Spanish mood using an approach to Cognitive Grammar specifically developed for the foreign language classroom: "Operational Grammar." Mood selection is one of the most difficult aspects of learning Spanish as a FL, and it is one of the last features…
Descriptors: Verbs, Native Speakers, Psychological Patterns, Grammar
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Deconinck, Julie; Boers, Frank; Eyckmans, June – AILA Review, 2010
The pace at which new words are acquired is influenced by the degree of engagement with them on the part of the learner. Insights from cognitive linguistics into the non-arbitrary aspects of vocabulary can be turned into stimuli for such engagement. The majority of Cognitive Linguists' proposals for vocabulary teaching aim at helping learners…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Instruction
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Roehr, Karen – AILA Review, 2010
SLA researchers agree that explicit knowledge and learning play an important role in adult L2 development. In the field of cognitive linguistics, it has been proposed that implicit and explicit knowledge differ in terms of their internal category structure and the processing mechanisms that operate on their representation in the human mind. It has…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Grammar, Oral Language, Second Language Learning
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Canagarajah, Suresh – AILA Review, 2009
There has been a plurilingual tradition of communication in South Asia since precolonial times. Local scholars consider pluringualism as "natural" to the ecology of this region. In plurilingualism, proficiency in languages is not conceptualized individually, with separate competencies developed for each language. The different languages…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Ruanni, T.; Tupas, F. – AILA Review, 2009
Fixation on language in language policy debates is not a natural given. In fact, it has to be re-examined. This paper argues that another effective way to look at language policy is to suspend talk on language, and instead first engage with social development issues where people are at the heart of the social landscape. It discusses three ways of…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Social Development
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Hashim, Azirah – AILA Review, 2009
This paper focusses on language and education issues in Malaysia as they have unfolded in the context of nation building, societal multilingualism and globalization from independence to the present day. The paper first examines the origin and nature of language and medium-of-instruction policies in Malaysia and the rationale for them. Secondly, it…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language Role, Global Approach, Criticism
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Lim, Lisa – AILA Review, 2009
This paper considers the real mother tongues of Singapore, namely the Chinese "dialects" and Singlish, the linguistic varieties which, respectively, arrived with the original immigrants to the rapidly developing British colony, and evolved in the dynamic multilingual ecology over the decades. Curiously these mother tongues have been…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Sanctions, Dialects, Official Languages
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Li, David C. S. – AILA Review, 2009
Despite the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) government's determination to implement the "mother tongue education" policy amid strong social resistance one year after the handover, English remains a prestigious language in society. The need for Putonghua (Mandarin/Standard Chinese) is also increasing following ever-expanding…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Feng, Anwei – AILA Review, 2009
This paper starts with an overview of the sociolinguistic context and a series of policy documents concerning English language education promulgated recently in China. It moves on to an analysis of disparities in English language education policies practised in different regions, differences between urban and rural areas, between social classes…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Linguistics, Rural Urban Differences, Foreign Countries
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Hino, Nobuyuki – AILA Review, 2009
This paper explores the ambivalent nature of Japanese attitudes toward English vis-a-vis the Japanese language, followed by a discussion of Japanese efforts in incorporating the concept of English as an International Language (EIL) into their educational system and teaching practice as a solution to this dilemma. While the Japanese have an…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Communication (Thought Transfer), Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Bruthiaux, Paul – AILA Review, 2009
In any discussion of multilingual Asia, caution is in order, for two reasons. One is that Asia is a vast land mass connecting variegated peoples cartographically but not sociologically. Second, describing and accounting for the sociolinguistic complexities of Asia (or anywhere else, for that matter) is history in the making in that, just like…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Models, Multilingualism
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Cenoz, Jasone – AILA Review, 2008
This paper focuses on the use of Basque as the language of instruction. In the first part of the article the situation of Basque in the Basque Country is briefly described and the different possibilities regarding the language(s) of instruction are explained: model A with Spanish as the language of instruction and Basque as a subject; model B with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Languages, Language of Instruction, Bilingual Education
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Vila i Moreno, F. Xavier – AILA Review, 2008
The territories where Catalan is traditionally spoken as a native language constitute an attractive sociolinguistic laboratory which appears especially interesting from the point of view of language-in-education policies. The educational system has spearheaded the recovery of Catalan during the last 20 years. Schools are being attributed most of…
Descriptors: Romance Languages, Language of Instruction, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Lewis, W. Gwyn – AILA Review, 2008
In Wales, bilingual education in Welsh and English has an increasingly high profile and Wales shares international leadership of bilingual education policies and practices alongside other countries where bilingual education flourishes. Ever since the first designated Welsh-medium primary school was opened in 1939, Welsh-medium and bilingual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingual Education, Welsh, English
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