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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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Antonova-Ünlü, Elena – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2015
Numerous studies, examining the acquisition of non-referential it in [-pro-drop] English by learners of [+pro-drop] languages, have revealed that their participants omit non-referential subjects in English if their L1 allows null-subject position. However, due to the specificity of their focus, these studies have not considered other difficulties…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Native Language, Russian
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Lappin-Fortin, Kerry – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2014
Few studies have compared the written competency of French immersion students and their core French peers, and research on these learners at a postsecondary level is even scarcer. My corpus consists of writing samples from 255 students from both backgrounds beginning a university course in French language. The writing proficiency of core French…
Descriptors: French, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Senoo, Yasuko; Yonemoto, Kazuhiro – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2014
The role and importance of reading in second language vocabulary learning have been discussed by many researchers because of the richness and variety of vocabulary in written texts compared to oral discourse (Horst, 2005; Nation, 2001). However, despite the recent increase of studies in this field, there are very few studies focusing on…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Japanese, Reading Skills
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Poupore, Glen – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2014
This study investigates the influence of content-related conditions on adult second language learners' task motivation during interactive tasks. It also aims to identify what is referred to as interestingness conditions within task content, that is, elements that are intrinsically interesting to most individuals. The investigation was conducted…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Task Analysis, Student Motivation, Adult Students
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Kircher, Ruth – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2014
This paper presents a 2007 study that was conducted amongst 147 young anglophone, francophone and allophone Montrealers in order to shed light on their attitudes towards English and French in terms of status and solidarity. The study made use of both a questionnaire and a matched-guise experiment. The findings indicate that while a certain amount…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, French, English, Foreign Countries
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Valeo, Antonella – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2013
This comparative, classroom-based study investigated the effect and effectiveness of introducing a focus on form approach to a content-based, occupation-specific language program for adults. Thirty-six adults in two classes participated in a 10-week study. One group of 16 adults received content-based instruction that included a focus on form…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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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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Douglas, Scott Roy – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2013
This study builds on previous work exploring reading and listening lexical thresholds (Nation, 2006; Laufer & Ravenhorst-Kalovski, 2010; Schmitt, Jiang, & Grabe, 2011) in order to investigate productive vocabulary targets that mark successful entry-level undergraduate writing. Papers that passed the Effective Writing Test (EWT) were chosen…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Novices, English for Academic Purposes, Curriculum Development
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Cai, Wei; Lee, Benny P. H. – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2012
This study examines strategies (inferencing and ignoring) and knowledge sources (semantics, morphology, paralinguistics, etc.) that second language learners of English use to process unfamiliar words in listening comprehension and whether the use of strategies or knowledge sources relates to successful text comprehension or word comprehension.…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Paralinguistics, Semantics, Learning Strategies
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Santoro, Maurizio – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2012
In this paper, I investigate the phenomenon of morphological variability in the production of Italian determiners, descriptive adjectives, and direct object pronouns by adult English learners of Italian to determine whether morphological errors are the result of computational or representational difficulties. Second language acquisitionists do…
Descriptors: Italian, Form Classes (Languages), Morphology (Languages), Interlanguage
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Gutierrez, Xavier – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2012
Implicit and explicit knowledge of the second language (L2) are two central constructs in the field of second language acquisition (SLA). In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in obtaining valid and reliable measures of L2 learners' implicit and explicit knowledge (e.g., Bowles, 2011; R. Ellis, 2005). The purpose of the present study…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Language Research
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Sato, Masatoshi – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2011
This article investigates a language learner's cognitive ability (i.e., form-orientation) in detecting the corrective nature of non-salient feedback, by reviewing the operationalizations and reported effectiveness of recasts in recent SLA literature. Two directionalities which seem to have resulted in the divergent findings of recast effectiveness…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Interdisciplinary Approach, Cognitive Processes, Second Language Learning
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Swain, Merrill; Lapkin, Sharon – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, 2011
Vygotsky's writings have established the critical importance of language in the development of higher mental functions, including memory and attention. One of the processes involved in this development is languaging, the activity of mediating cognitively complex ideas using language (Swain, 2006). The present study of an older adult with mild…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Biographies, Cognitive Ability, Memory
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