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Simard, Daphnée; Molokopeeva, Tatiana; Zhang, Yan Qing – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2020
The role played by working memory (WM), that is, the capacity to temporarily maintain and cognitively process information, has been extensively studied in second language (L2) research. In a general sense, WM has been shown to be related to various aspects of L2 learning and use; however, little information is available regarding its relationship…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Native Language, Pronunciation Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Tulloch, Shelley; Kusugak, Adriana; Chenier, Cayla; Pilakapsi, Quluaq; Uluqsi, Gloria; Walton, Fiona – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2017
The Miqqut project was a participatory action research project through which Inuit language and literacy learning was embedded in a traditional skills program. Community-based researchers tracked learners' progress through entrance, exit, and post-program interviews and questionnaires, as well as through participant observation. Results show that…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Transformative Learning, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Self Concept
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Petersen, Cristina; Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
The use of projects and project-based learning has recently received much attention as a way of promoting meaning-focused communication and integrating different language skills into second and foreign language classrooms. However, perspectives on the effective implementation of projects have not been fully explored. This study examines and…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Snoddon, Kristin – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
No formal Canadian curriculum presently exists for teaching American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language to parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. However, this group of ASL learners is in need of more comprehensive, research-based support, given the rapid expansion in Canada of universal neonatal hearing screening and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, American Sign Language, Deafness, Parent Education
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Lundell, Fanny Forsberg; Lindqvist, Christina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
The present study investigates the possibilities for adult learners to attain nativelikeness in the domain of lexis. Aspects investigated are general lexical knowledge (C-test), receptive deep knowledge, productive collocation knowledge, and productive lexico-pragmatic knowledge in a group of long-residency Swedish French second language (L2)…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Phrase Structure, Native Speakers
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Préfontaine, Yvonne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
Recent literature in second language (L2) perceived fluency has focused on English as a second language, with a primary reliance on impressions from native-speaker judges, leaving learners' self-perceptions of speech production unexplored. This study investigates the relationship between learners' and judges' perceptions of French fluency under…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, French, Second Language Learning, Adult Learning
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Kim, Tae-Young – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2011
This study examines the longitudinal trajectories of two Korean ESL immigrants' L2 learning motivation from an Activity Theory perspective. Two highly skilled immigrants participated in monthly semistructured interviews over a period of 10 months. The research questions are as follows: (1) How does the relationship between ESL learners and their…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Immigrants, English (Second Language), Social Influences
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Nicholas, Bonnie J.; Rossiter, Marian J.; Abbott, Marilyn L. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2011
Although considerable research has examined the use of literature in the second language (L2) classroom, there has been less investigation into the integration of learners' personal stories in the English as a second language (ESL) classroom. Following Wajnryb's (2003) categorizations of story as language learning, genre, and the creation of what…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, English (Second Language), Story Telling, Adult Students
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Rossiter, Marian J.; Derwing, Tracey M.; Manimtim, Linda G.; Thomson, Ron I. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
In this paper, we argue that current instructional ESL resources must be supplemented to facilitate the effective development of learners' oral fluency. We summarize some of the pertinent literature on L2 fluency and report the results of a survey of fluency activities (free production, rehearsal/repetition, consciousness-raising, and use of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Resource Materials, Second Language Learning, Textbooks
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Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
In recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in the notion of spontaneous focus on form (FonF) (i.e., attention to linguistic forms that arise incidentally during meaningful communication). Previous research has indicated that such FonF is beneficial for L2 learning. However, this research has focused mainly on reactive FonF,…
Descriptors: Interaction, Scores, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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Romanova, Natalia – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This study investigated two issues: (1) whether availability of planning time affects learners' ability to notice and learn from recasts in the input; and (2) whether pre-task or online planning is more effective. Participants were randomly assigned to three groups that formed the treatment conditions: a no planning group (N = 13), a pre-task…
Descriptors: Investigations, Pretests Posttests, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages)
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Rossiter, Marian J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This article explores perceptions of the speaking fluency of 24 adult ESL learners (11 men, 13 women) who narrated picture stories at Time 1 and again 10 weeks later at Time 2. One-minute excerpts from each rendition were randomized and played to 15 novice and six expert native speakers of English (undergraduate education students and experienced…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Adult Students, Student Attitudes
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Reynard, Ruth – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2003
This research study investigated the potential of Internet technology to provide a dynamic and autonomous language-learning environment for adult distance language learners. The study focused on five essential characteristics of dynamic language learning and observed the online study activity of the students in relation to these. Learners were…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Adult Students, Internet, Online Courses