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Dupuy, Beatrice C. – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Surveyed 49 intermediate-level French-as-a-Foreign-Language college students to determine whether they preferred extensive reading or grammar instruction for language acquisition and practice, and why. Students overwhelmingly preferred reading as more pleasurable and more beneficial for language acquisition. They considered grammar instruction…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, College Students, French, Grammar
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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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Ellis, Rod – Applied Language Learning, 1994
This article examines four sets of factors that may potentially affect the incidental vocabulary acquisition from oral input of second-language (L2) learners. These include the intrinsic properties of L2 words; the nature of the input; the role of interaction; and individual learner factors. (Contains 85 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Individual Differences, Interaction, Language Research
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Hinkel, Eli – Applied Language Learning, 1994
This study investigated whether 199 advanced nonnative speakers of English attending Ohio State University judged the appropriateness of speech acts of giving thanks in ways similar to those of native speakers. The results showed that speakers of Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Arabic ranked expressions of thanks differently…
Descriptors: College Students, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context
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Lunberry, Clark – Applied Language Learning, 1994
This article examines instances of "para-poetic" writing produced by beginning and intermediate learners of English as a Second Language. It is suggested that the instructor or reader look beyond the conventional grammar and usage rules to appreciate the imagery of unusual juxtaposition of words and phrases in student work. Provides examples of…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Classification, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language)
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Overstreet, Maryann; Yule, George – Applied Language Learning, 1999
Offers examples and proposals for fostering pragmatic awareness in a second language (L2) through the recognition of the interpersonal function of asset of common expressions in contemporary spoken English. Illustrates the use of these forms in marking assumptions of being similar, polite, accurate, being informative, and emphatic. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Interpersonal Communication, Metalinguistics, Oral Language
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Feyton, Carine M.; Flaitz, Jeffra J.; LaRocca, Michela A. – Applied Language Learning, 1999
Represents the second phase of a two-phase study examining the effect of heightening learners' general awareness of language learning strategies on student achievement. Findings and implications shed light on the complex but potentially valuable links between learner training and language performance. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Consciousness Raising, French, High Schools
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Shook, David J. – Applied Language Learning, 1999
Provides information regarding the input-to-intake phenomenon by exploring data that were gathered but not analyzed in Shook (1994): reading recalls produced by subjects after reading the input passages. Two levels of Spanish students read reading passages containing one of two different target items under one of three different attention…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Language Tests, Linguistic Input
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Mueller, Gunther A. – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Suggests that within the context of the Air Expedition Force, the United States Air Force must validate language skills and change current policies and practices to meet new, more dynamic requirements. Recommends a fresh look at language skills, especially for officers. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, Language Skills
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Hedgecock, John; Lefkowitz, Natalie – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Examines the performance and perceptions of 100 university-level learners of French as a foreign language, with a view toward exposing the impact of social pressure in the learning environment. Addresses the contradictory nature of learners' perceptions of what it means to "sound good" when speaking French. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Students, French, Higher Education
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Dutertre, Ayca – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Reports the steps and findings of a mini-action research study conducted by a Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center language teacher. Focused on how this teacher varied classroom activities. Participants were U.S. military personnel studying Turkish at the advanced beginner level. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Action Research, Class Activities, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
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Allen, Linda Quinn – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Drawing on research from the field of communication, this article proposes a framework that identifies, classifies, and organizes foreign language teachers' nonverbal behavior. It describes an observational study in which each nonverbal behavior in the framework is defined and illustrated as it occurs in a foreign language class. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Language Teachers, Nonverbal Communication
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Han, Youngju – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Addresses the issue of the reliability of grammaticality judgment tests and explores what it is that they measure (i.e., their construct validity). Various methods of examining their reliability demonstrate that the grammaticality judgment tests used in this study had relatively low reliability. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Construct Validity, English (Second Language), Grammar
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van Lier, Leo; Matsuo, Naoko – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Explores variation in the performance of one nonnative speaker in three different conversations with friends. The chief difference between the conversations is that the interlocutors use different interactional features that are related to their different levels of proficiency in English. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Interaction, Language Proficiency
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Izumi, Shinichi – Applied Language Learning, 2000
Examines the availability and utility of implicit negative feedback provided in task-based conversations between pre-academic, intermediate-level English-as-a- Second-Language (ESL) learners and native-speaker (NS) interlocutors. The tasks being used were the information gap tasks in which nonnative speakers (NNS) gave directions to the NS…
Descriptors: Adults, English (Second Language), Feedback, Native Speakers
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