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Vandeweerd, Nathan; Keijzer, Merel – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2018
Formulaic language is notoriously difficult for second language learners of French to master (Edmonds, 2014; Forsberg, 2010). Yet, no study has examined formulaic language in French textbooks despite the fact that in many contexts, textbooks represent a significant proportion of the input that learners receive. The current study addresses this…
Descriptors: French, Textbooks, Phrase Structure, Word Order
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Nadasdi, Terry; Vickerman, Alison – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2017
Our study examines the extent to which French immersion students use lax /?/ in the same linguistic context as native speakers of Canadian French. Our results show that the lax variant is vanishingly rare in the speech of immersion students and is used by only a small minority of individuals. This is interpreted as a limitation of French immersion…
Descriptors: French, Immersion Programs, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Slavkov, Nikolay – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2016
This article examines some of the challenges that the notion of a (monolingual) native speaker faces in a global context of increasing awareness that bilingualism and multilingualism are the norm rather than the exception. It also discusses the distinction between two child language acquisition environments, bilingual first language acquisition…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Bilingualism, Multilingualism
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Keilty, Megan; Harrison, Gina L. – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2015
Error analyses using a multidimensional measure were conducted on the misspellings of Kindergarten children speaking English as a first (EL1) and English as a second language (ESL) in order to detect any differences in early spelling ability between language groups. Oral vocabulary, syntactic knowledge, phonological processing, letter/word…
Descriptors: Error Analysis (Language), Spelling, Kindergarten, English (Second Language)
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Santos, Denise; Silva, Gláucia – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2015
This article discusses perceptions of and performance in listening by a group of heritage and non-heritage learners of Portuguese. Our data include a survey containing background information and perceptions about listening, two listening tasks and a post-task self-report on how learners arrived at their answers. Quantitative and qualitative…
Descriptors: Portuguese, Second Language Learning, Heritage Education, Scores
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Dich, Nadya; Pedersen, Bo – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2013
The study explores first language (L1) influences on the mechanisms of spelling in English as a foreign language (EFL). We hypothesized that the transparency of L1 orthography influences (a) the amount of hesitation associated with spelling irregular English words, and (b) the size of units EFL spellers operate. Participants were adult speakers of…
Descriptors: Spelling, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Native Language
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Genc, Bilal; Mavasoglu, Mustafa; Bada, Erdogan – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2011
Pausing strategies in read and spontaneous speech have been of significant interest for researchers since in literature it was observed that read speech and spontaneous speech pausing patterns do display some considerable differences. This, at least, is the case in the English language as it was produced by native speakers. As to what may be the…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Speech, Cartoons, French
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McGarrell, Hedy – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2010
This paper draws on data from questionnaires and participant discussion posts on WebCT to show how native and non-native English speaking student teachers explore the topic of peer feedback. Engaging in peer feedback for their own draft papers provides student teachers an opportunity to gain experience, then reflect on their experience and…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Speech Communication, Questionnaires, English (Second Language)
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Wise, Nancy; Chen, Xi – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2010
The present study analyses the impact of phonological awareness instruction on the reading achievement of at-risk Grade 1 readers enrolled in an early French immersion program. Twenty-nine children from diverse linguistic backgrounds participated in the study. At-risk readers were identified on the basis of their text reading performance and…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Early Intervention, Immersion Programs, Reading Achievement
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Mady, Callie; Arnott, Stephanie – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2010
This paper presents the perspectives of youth participating in the Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada's Volunteer Youth Experience (VYE) as gathered by way of pre- and post-program questionnaires, observations, interviews, and journals. The pan-Canadian questionnaire results suggest that this short, bilingual volunteer…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Official Languages, Community Involvement, Learning Motivation
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Haggan, Madeline – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2010
Since text messaging is a widely popular method of communication among young people, the paper tries to investigate whether it might have some practical application in the EFL classroom. Kuwaiti EFL students asked to render a mixture of text messages written by their peers and native English speakers into Standard English produced a large number…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, English (Second Language), Telecommunications, Pragmatics
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Rahimi, Mohammad; Riazi, Abdolmehdi; Saif, Shahrzad – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2008
As part of a larger study (Rahimi, 2004), this study investigates the use of language learning strategies by post-secondary level Persian EFL learners. Particular attention is paid to the variables affecting learners' choice of strategies, and the relationship, if any, between these variables and learners' patterns of strategy use. Data were…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Metacognition
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Guardado, Martin – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2006
This qualitative study aims to explore the loss and maintenance of Spanish in Latin American children in Vancouver from the perspective of parents. It focuses on the experiences of children either developing bilingually (Spanish-English) or monolingually (English). The participating families were from Colombia, Guatemala, and El Salvador, and had…
Descriptors: Language Skill Attrition, Language Maintenance, Foreign Countries, Latin Americans
Berman, Robert; Cheng, Liying – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2001
An English for academic purposes needs survey conducted at a Canadian university among first-year Bachelor's and Master's level students reveals native speakers (NS) and nonnative speakers (NNS) of English perceive that the language skills necessary for academic study are of different levels of difficulty. English language difficulties appear to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language)
Nadasdi, Terry – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2001
Examines the variable presence/absence of third person plural marking on French verbs in the speech of French immersion students. Considers both linguistic and social factors that condition variation and compares results with those found for native speakers of French. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, French, Immersion Programs