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Liu, Guo-qiang – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
Research has shown that language change is driven on one hand by forces internal to language itself such as grammar-internal systematic pressure, and on the other hand by social motives such as social identity. Language contact presents new features, but why is it that some of them are incorporated as variation and evolving into language change,…
Descriptors: Grammar, Linguistic Borrowing, Dialects, Mandarin Chinese
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Scarino, Angela – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
In school languages education in Australia at present there is an increasing diversity of languages and learners learning particular languages that results from a greater global movement of students. This diversity builds on a long-established profile of diversity that reflects the migration history of Australia. It stands in sharp contrast to the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Context Effect, Rating Scales
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Elder, Catherine; Kim, Hyejeong; Knoch, Ute – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
While there have been a number of studies exploring the impact of time-on-task and language background on language achievement for both English and other languages, the Student Achievement in Asian Languages Education (SAALE) project constitutes the first systematic attempt to gather empirical evidence of these effects for four Asian languages…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Expertise
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Kohler, Michelle – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
In the Australian education context, there are typically two cohorts of language learners at the secondary school level, those who commence their study of the target language early in their primary schooling (early starters), and those who commence their study later, at the beginning of secondary school (late starters). The two groups may have…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Time on Task, Indonesian, Foreign Countries
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Iwashita, Noriko – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
The present study investigates to what extent learners' first language (L1) may have an impact on their writing and speaking performances. While Japanese continues to enjoy a large enrolment across levels in Australian schools and universities, the population of learners has become increasingly diverse creating challenges for teachers. One…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Foreign Countries, Asian Culture, Speech Communication
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Scrimgeour, Andrew – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
While Chinese language learning in Australian schools is characterised by predominantly second language programs for learners who have had no prior exposure to the target language, there is increasing participation by Australian-born children who speak Putonghua (Mandarin) or another dialect at home. Curriculum and assessment frameworks and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Kim, Sun Hee Ok – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
This paper explores how learner background shapes learner performance on discourse features in writing by analysing data produced as part of the Student Achievement in Asian Languages Education project (Scarino et al., 2011) by Year 10 (mid-secondary school) students learning Korean as a foreign or heritage language. Five participants were in…
Descriptors: Syntax, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Community Schools
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Alptekin, Cem – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
This article presents a cognitively-oriented account of the qualitative differences between ENL (English as a native language) and ELF (English as a lingua franca) users. Based on the declarative-procedural model of second language acquisition, it examines the linguistic and sociolinguistic implications of ELF users' dependence on their…
Descriptors: Memory, English, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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Campbell, Elizabeth; Storch, Neomy – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
Motivation to learn a second language (L2) is considered a crucial individual factor in explaining success or lack thereof in second language learning. This study examined learners' motivation to learn Chinese as a second language (L2). The study was longitudinal and cross sectional. Interviews were conducted with learners at different year levels…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Educational Environment, Chinese
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Devlin, Brian – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
This article analyses the status and future of bilingual education programs using Indigenous languages and English in remote Northern Territory schools. It explains why this educational approach is so contested at present, resulting in an unresolved situation which can best be regarded as an uneasy compromise on the ground and a stalemate at…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Attendance, Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingualism
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Gale, Mary-Anne – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
This paper reviews the teaching of Aboriginal languages in the tertiary sector of Australia, looking at the stronger languages taught in the university sector versus those languages under revival that tend to be taught in the TAFE sector. The paper summarises the status of courses offered state by state, and sets the scene with some historical…
Descriptors: Universities, Figurative Language, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations
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McKay, Graham – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The use of Indigenous languages has been declining over the period of non-Aboriginal settlement in Australia as a result of repressive policies, both explicit and implicit. The National Policy on Languages (Lo Bianco, 1987) was the high point of language policy in Australia, given its national scope and status and its attempt to encompass all…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Language Planning, Language Attitudes, Bilingual Education
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Wigglesworth, Gillian; Simpson, Jane; Loakes, Deborah – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments are designed to assess literacy and numeracy of all Australian school children in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and to act as diagnostics as to whether children are meeting intended educational outcomes. Tests began in May 2008, and have been run annually since then. Results of the…
Descriptors: Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Indigenous Populations
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Rajadurai, Joanne – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
This paper reports on a study of Malay learners of English in Malaysia as they attempt to extend their use of English outside the classroom and thus participate in new linguistic practices. Using a multiple case study approach, the study examines the narrative accounts of learners generated through student journals and focus group discussions.…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Ideology, Student Journals, Foreign Countries
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Cope, Nicholas – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The study reported here investigates the predictive validity of language assessments by "Direct Entry" programs at an Australian University--programs developed on site for Non English Speaking Background international students, principally to provide (i) pre-entry academic and language preparation and (ii) language assessment for…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Language Tests, Predictive Validity, Program Effectiveness
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