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Cobb, Tom; Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
The vocabulary research of the 1980s and 1990s brought a breath of fresh air into the language classroom. Teachers in many remote EFL locations had long suspected that vocabulary was their learners' main challenge, but there was little research evidence to confirm this or say what to do about it. Then, suddenly, work by Nation, Laufer, Meara,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Grammar
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Bouhlal, Fatma; Horst, Marlise; Martini, Juliane – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study investigates modality in textbooks designed for learners of English by exploring the frequency and distribution of modal verbs in two corpora--one of authentic native-speaker language and a pedagogical one used by francophone learners of English in Quebec--with a view to identifying areas where added support for learning may be…
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, English Language Learners, Verbs
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Batista, Roselene; Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
Researchers have developed several tests of receptive vocabulary knowledge suitable for use with learners of English, but options are few for learners of French. This situation motivated the authors to create a new vocabulary size measure for French, the "Test de la taille du vocabulaire" (TTV). The measure is closely modelled on…
Descriptors: Receptive Language, Vocabulary Development, French, Second Language Learning
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Horst, Marlise; Collins, Laura – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2006
The study drew on an 80,000-word corpus consisting of narrative texts produced in response to picture prompts by 210 beginner-level francophone learners of English (11-12-year-olds). The unique feature of the corpus is its longitudinal character: The samples were collected at four 100-hour intervals of intensive language instruction, during which…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Indexes, Pictorial Stimuli
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Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2005
Many language courses now offer access to simplified materials graded at various levels of proficiency so that learners can read at length in their new language. An assumed benefit is the development of large and rapidly accessed second language (L2) lexicons. Studies of such extensive reading (ER) programs indicate general language gains, but few…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Measurement Techniques
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Lightbown, Patsy M.; Halter, Randall H.; White, Joanna L.; Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2002
Reports a study of children in a comprehension-based English-as-a-Second-Language program. After 6 years students performed as well as comparison students on measures of comprehension and measures of oral production. Describes gaps in the written language of students in the comprehension-based program, includes a follow-up study with secondary…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Oral Language
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Horst, Marlise; Meara, Paul – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1999
Presents a case study that tests a mathematical model for its ability to predict second language vocabulary gains achieved through reading. To overcome the problem of small word gains noted in earlier studies of incidental acquisition, an adult learner of Dutch read a lengthy text and was tested on hundreds of words. The participant's gains were…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Adult Students, Case Studies, Dutch