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Savignon, Sandra J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Provisional Proficiency Guidelines are criticized for their narrow view of language use and the inadequacy of their construct of "proficiency." The appropriateness of the guidelines as a basis for developing a syllabus or designing a curriculum is questioned. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, Evaluation Criteria, Grammar
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Allen, J. P. B. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Three approaches to language curriculum design are outlined: structural, functional, and experiential. A three-level model is proposed for a second language curriculum that integrates the three approaches and their goals into an adaptable curriculum meeting varied needs with consistent methodology and theory. Both linear and cyclical applications…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, English (Second Language)
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Danesi, Marcel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
The use of graphics for teaching the structure of the target language is examined as an extension of the traditional use of graphics to teach vocabulary and text comprehension. The concept is illustrated with examples from several languages. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classification, Diagrams, Grammar, Second Language Instruction
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Calve, Pierre – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
The dislocation of sentence elements in spoken French is seen as allowing the speaker to free himself from certain constraints imposed on word order, position of accents, and grammar. Dislocation is described, its various functions are enumerated, and implications for second language instruction are outlined. (MSE)
Descriptors: French, Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Sentence Structure
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Omaggio, Alice C. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
A variety of games are described and illustrated for two categories of instructional objectives: (1) to promote relatively complex communicative exchanges among students, and (2) to require students to retain information given by others in the class and use it to solve problems. (MSE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Ability, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Nuessel, Frank H., Jr. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The proverbial language of Spanish provides a resource for teaching and testing various aspects of phonetics, syntax, vocabulary, and cultural features of the language. Incorporation of these features into the Spanish curriculum can enrich the classroom experience. Specific suggestions for their use are provided. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Curriculum Development, Grammar, Idioms
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Cook, V. J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
Discusses using structure drills in the foreign language classroom including use of same grammatical structure with slight variation, notional/functional drills, and situational dialogs. Suggests necessity of looking more closely at techniques in order to better understand teaching operation. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Drills (Practice), Grammar, Higher Education, Notional Functional Syllabi
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Roberge, Brigitte; Phillion, JoAnn; Laplante, Bernard; Mantello, Maria – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1997
Three essays on second-language instruction are presented. One describes a letter exchange between teachers as a means of exploring and understanding classroom and instructional issues; another (in French) describes a teacher's reflective examination of the immersion teaching experience; and a third reports on a classroom study of the…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Educational Strategies, Error Correction, French
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Chastain, Kenneth – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1993
The role of grammar rules and their relationship to language teaching, learning, and communicating are discussed in an attempt to stimulate language teachers to examine the approach they take in teaching grammar rules. (Contains five references.) (LB)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Foreign Countries, Grammar, Instructional Improvement
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Chaffee-Sorace, D.; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
A technique, referred to as "Personalities," for helping students practice second-language conversational skills is described. The exercise can teach and review vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Grammar, Interpersonal Competence
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Hardison, Debra M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
Three studies of the development of gender competence in elementary and intermediate level learners of French as a second language are reported. The findings support an emerging rule-governed process of gender assignment related to the learner's development of skill with the language's underlying phonological system. (11 references) (MSE)
Descriptors: College Students, French, Grammar, Higher Education
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Morgan, Leslie Z. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
Derivations of the term "gerund" are examined as they pertain to native English speakers learning French, Italian, and/or Spanish. The form's etymology is chronicled from Latin, and its current usage in student textbooks in the three languages is examined. A solution to the terminological confusion surrounding the term is proposed. (41…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Definitions, Diachronic Linguistics, English
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Hagen, L. Kirk; DeWitt, Jean – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1993
A study investigated the effectiveness of teaching French cleft constructions (e.g., "qui est-ce qui...) by three methods: in a contextual presentation; traditionally; and in a presentation influenced by syntactic theory and explaining the internal structure of the phrases. Results suggest formal grammar instruction should focus on familiar…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, French
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Fleig-Hamm, Christiane – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1993
A series of classroom activities for adult beginning learners of French, designed to improve reading comprehension through newspapers and news magazines, are described. The technique focuses on development of grammar and vocabulary and makes use of photos, text, layout features, and headlines. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Current Events
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Lowe, Anne S. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
An experiment in a grade 2 French immersion program compared performance of a group-taught music lessons totally integrated into classroom instruction and a group not given music instruction. Pre- and post-tests of tonal-rhythmic patterns and form that have commonalities with pronunciation, oral grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension found…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, French, Grade 2, Grammar
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