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Vosburg, Donald – CALICO Journal, 2017
The use of video games as a learning tool, in particular massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), continues to grow, as does the research in this field of study; research to date has revealed benefits to the language learner as well as hindrances and research gaps (Godwin-Jones, 2014). This study examines participant perspectives on group…
Descriptors: Video Games, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Second Language Learning
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Scholz, Kyle – CALICO Journal, 2017
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft are ideally suited to encourage and facilitate second language development (SLD) in the extramural setting, but to what extent do the language learners' actual trajectories of gameplay contribute to SLD? With the current propensity to focus research in digital game-based…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Simulated Environment, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Rott, Susanne; Gavin, Bianca – CALICO Journal, 2015
This investigation reports on a conceptual replication of Goldman et al. (2012) which sought to determine processing patterns of better and poorer learners as they attempted to comprehend and learn from seven textual sources on the Internet in their native language English. The aim of the current investigation was to explore how reading multiple…
Descriptors: Internet, Electronic Learning, Replication (Evaluation), Second Language Learning
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Rott, Susanne; Weber, Elizabeth Dolly – CALICO Journal, 2013
In this paper we outline an approach to learner preparation that provides a framework to effectively structure a collaborative and cooperative student research assignment using a wiki site as a writing platform. While students are familiar with posting pictures and videos online, they may not be aware of how to effectively integrate text and…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Bustamante, Carolina; Moeller, Aleidine J. – CALICO Journal, 2013
This qualitative case study describes a unique online professional development program utilizing Web 2.0 technologies for teachers of German using the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model as a theoretical framework to promote technology literacy, expand German language proficiency and cultural knowledge, and integrate…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Reflection, Best Practices, Language Proficiency
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Abrams, Zsuzsanna – CALICO Journal, 2013
More so than any other type of learner error, pragmatic mistakes interfere with the ability to communicate (Bardovi-Harlig & Dörnyei, 1998), yet there is relatively little understanding of how pragmatic competence develops in the language classroom or how best to teach it, and whether relevant skills may transfer from the L1 (Eisenchlas, 2011;…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Pragmatics, German, Language Proficiency
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Goertler, Senta; Bollen, Magelone; Gaff, Joel, Jr. – CALICO Journal, 2012
Due to increases in enrollment, hybrid course delivery models, in which part of the instruction happens online, have become a popular solution to financial and space problems. Yet, little is known about the institutional preparedness for the implementation of hybrid language courses, especially the students' computer literacy and access as well as…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Arnold, Nike; Ducate, Lara; Kost, Claudia – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study examines the online writing and revision behaviors of university language learners. In small groups, 53 intermediate German students from three classes at three different universities created wiki pages with background information about a novel read in class. All meaning- and language-related revisions were analyzed to determine whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperation, Group Dynamics, German
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Schenker, Theresa – CALICO Journal, 2012
This paper presents the findings of a six-week telecollaborative project between sixteen American students enrolled in a second-semester German class at an American university and sixteen German students enrolled in an advanced English course at a high school in Germany. Students discussed various cultural topics with their partner in two e-mails…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, English (Second Language), Intercultural Communication
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Kost, Claudia – CALICO Journal, 2011
This study investigated the use of wikis for collaborative writing projects. Fourth- and sixth-semester German students wrote several of the regularly assigned essay topics during one semester in collaboration with another student using a wiki. Participants used a variety of strategies in the planning, writing and revision phases of their essays.…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Collaborative Writing, Electronic Publishing, German
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Schuetze, Ulf; Weimer-Stuckmann, Gerlinde – CALICO Journal, 2011
Second language learners are faced with the challenging task of remembering many new words. Exactly how learners are supposed to accomplish that task is disputed. Research on lexical processing that has been carried out in cognitive psychology showed that rehearsing words in expanded patterns, that is, with a delay between each rehearsal, leads to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Cognitive Psychology, Language Processing, Retention (Psychology)
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Chun, Dorothy M. – CALICO Journal, 2011
Based on Byram's (1997) definition of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) and on specific types of discourse analysis proposed by Kramsch and Thorne (2002) and Ware and Kramsch (2005), this article explores how online exchanges can play a role in second language learners' development of pragmatic competence and ICC. With data obtained…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, English (Second Language)
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Wood, Peter – CALICO Journal, 2011
"QuickAssist," the program presented in this paper, uses natural language processing (NLP) technologies. It places a range of NLP tools at the disposal of learners, intended to enable them to independently read and comprehend a German text of their choice while they extend their vocabulary, learn about different uses of particular words,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, German, Natural Language Processing
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Heift, Trude – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article discusses the development and functionalities of an intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL) system. By way of example, we describe "E-Tutor", an ICALL system for L2 learners of German that has been in use for a decade. Based on advancements in technology, user studies with L2 learners of German as well as feedback…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Use Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Johnson, Lathrop P. – CALICO Journal, 2010
The increased use of electronic glosses to help students with reading in a foreign language has led to numerous studies of their effectiveness with elementary or intermediate students. However, advanced students in literature classes also need help, not only with literary interpretations, but with the kinds of language problems that glossing can…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Surveys, Dictionaries, Reading Instruction
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