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Holman, Don – Applied Language Learning, 2017
Whereas the Interagency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptions broke new ground for assessing proficiency in foreign languages, the need for user-oriented (rather than assessment-oriented) proficiency scales has led, especially in Europe, to the creation of scales consisting of positively formulated "can-do" statements,…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Skills
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Oxford, Rebecca L. – Applied Language Learning, 2015
Emotion is "the primary human motive" (MacIntyre, 2002, p. 61). The human brain is an emotional brain, creating relationships among thought, emotion, and motivation in a complex dynamic system (Dörnyei, 2009). Emotion "functions as an amplifier, providing the intensity, urgency, and energy to propel our behavior" in…
Descriptors: Emotional Development, Psychiatry, Second Language Learning, Emotional Response
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Edwards, Carole; Taylor, Alan M. – Applied Language Learning, 2012
Little research on improving second language (L2) reading comprehension of French and francophone theater has been conducted. This study provides insight into enhancing L2 comprehension of drama by combining L2 research with examples from L'accent grave by Jacques Prevert, Ton beau capitaine by Simone Schwarz-Bart (1987), Un Touareg s'est marie a…
Descriptors: Drama, Theater Arts, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research
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Ashby, Wendy – Applied Language Learning, 2012
This article presents a case for adopting a constructivist approach in the teaching of culture to federal, business and civilian personnel. In support of this argument, the author: (1) outlines the history of culture teaching as it progresses from behaviorist through cognitive to constructivist orientations; (2) argues that a constructivist…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Models, Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods
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Bae, Gyseon; Kim, Eunju – Applied Language Learning, 2008
Given the raised graduation requirement of the proficiency Enhancement Program (PEP) to attain proficiency levels of "2+," "2+," and "2," the importance of target language use has been highly emphasized across language schools at Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). This article discusses some of the challenges associated…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Graduation Requirements, Linguistic Input, English
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Campbell, Christine; Tovar, Deanna – Applied Language Learning, 2006
Many teachers and administrators would acknowledge there are areas of concern in their classrooms and schools. Whether termed "problems," "issues," "challenges," or, as Nunan (1994) put it "puzzles," they provide committed professionals with an opportunity to improve the status quo. Action research is one…
Descriptors: Action Research, Professional Development, Teachers, Principals
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Raugh, Harold E., Jr. – Applied Language Learning, 2006
The horrific events of 11 September 2001, when four hijacked jetliners crashed into and collapsed the twin-towered World Trade Center in New York, slammed into the Pentagon, and nose-dived into a field in rural Pennsylvania (ostensibly on a mission to destroy the U.S. Capitol or the White House), have been indelibly etched into the nation's…
Descriptors: Terrorism, National Security, Second Language Programs, Federal Programs
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McCollum, Daniel L. – Applied Language Learning, 2003
Measured self-efficacy and learning goal orientation in the foreign language learning domain. Investigated relationships between self-efficacy, learning goal orientation, and foreign language achievement. Students studying German at Pennsylvania State University completed the new instrument--the Measure of Foreign Language Achievement (MOFLAP).…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Educational Objectives, German
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Cohen, Andrew D. – Applied Language Learning, 1996
Defines behaviors that fall under the rubric of second language (L2) learner strategies and classifies different types of verbal report, indicating areas where it has contributed to the understanding of L2 learner strategies. Focuses on problematic issues regarding the use of verbal reports and notes ways to refine verbal report methods. (62…
Descriptors: Classification, Critical Thinking, Error Analysis (Language), Evaluation Methods
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Oxford, Rebecca L. – Applied Language Learning, 1996
Discusses the validity of the most widely employed second language learning strategy questionnaire, the English-as-a-Second-Language/English-as-a-Foreign-Language version of the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning). Details appropriate uses and limitations of questionnaires for strategy assessment. (80 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, English (Second Language), Learning Strategies, Measurement Techniques
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Abraham, Roberta G.; Vann, Roberta J. – Applied Language Learning, 1996
Reviews Bialystok's (1990a) analysis of communication strategy work and describes two studies in which products are interpreted within frameworks illuminating underlying processes of second language (L2) learning. Concludes that products, appropriately analyzed, can provide important insights into the processes of L2 learners. (73 references)…
Descriptors: Classification, Cloze Procedure, College Students, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Young, Richard – Applied Language Learning, 1995
Examines two rating scales for assessment of oral proficiency and judges both as inadequate because they are based on an untenable theory of the development of proficiency in a second language and on mistaken intuitions about oral interaction. The paper concludes with a discussion of an architectural, context-dependent theory of second-language…
Descriptors: College Students, Developmental Stages, English (Second Language), Interlanguage
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Oxford, Rebecca L. – Applied Language Learning, 1993
A discussion of gender differences in human development and language use is followed by reports of research on styles and strategies in learning a second or foreign language. Instructional implications for second-language classrooms are highlighted. (Contains 100 references.) (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cognitive Style, Language Research, Language Usage
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Garrett, Nina – Applied Language Learning, 1991
Discusses the application of technology to pedagogical models of foreign-language instruction. Feedback and language processing are reexamined, and the debate about whether computers should be used for drills or creative activities is addressed. Finally, training issues and teacher support needs are identified. (seven references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Feedback, Language Processing
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Otto, Sue K. – Applied Language Learning, 1991
Describes what training faculty members need to use technology and develop software for the language learning experience of their students. A degree program in Foreign Language Instructional Technology for Teachers is proposed, and specific areas are recommended for training. (four references) (GLR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Computer Software Development, Educational Technology, Second Language Instruction
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