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Deng, Jun; Ranta, Leila – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
This article presents an investigation of L2 pragmatic development by a group of 19 Chinese EFL teachers who participated in a five-month program in Canada (SA group). A written discourse-completion task (WDCT) was administered to assess participants' pragmatic knowledge of how to make requests in English. They also completed a paper-based…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Study Abroad, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Li, Jia – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This article reports on a case study that investigates the learning preferences and strategies of Chinese students learning English as a second language (ESL) in Canadian school settings. It focuses on the interaction between second language (L2) learning methods that the students have adopted from their previous learning experience in China and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Shi, Ling – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2017
This study explores how two expat English writing instructors in Chinese universities teach and reflect on their role, as well as how their students, colleagues, and administrators perceive the role and teaching of the two expats. Findings illustrate that both expats worked hard to teach the English academic writing style they were familiar with.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Writing Teachers, College Faculty
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Liu, Jie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This study explores how a change of learning environment from China to the United Kingdom affects Chinese international master's students' use of strategies in academic reading. Think aloud was used at two time points in one academic year among 15 participants. To capture the complexity of the academic reading, reading strategies were categorized…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change
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Jian, Hua-Li – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
The ability of Mandarin learners to express emotion in Mandarin has received little attention. This study examines how English L1 users express emotions in Mandarin and how this expression differs from that of Mandarin L1 users. Scenarios were adopted to elicit joy, anger, sadness, fear, and neutrality. Both groups articulated anger, joy, and fear…
Descriptors: English, Native Speakers, Mandarin Chinese, Psychological Patterns
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Louw, Kerry J.; Derwing, Tracey M.; Abbott, Marilyn L. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This article reports on a pedagogical tool developed to facilitate effective inter-cultural communication in the workplace. We created pre- and post-instruction videos of a native speaker (NS) and non-native speakers (NNSs) in simulated job interviews. Initial interviews were examined for pragmatic difficulties, and one of the researchers also…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Employment Interviews, Native Speakers, Pragmatics
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Kong, Stella – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This article reports on a study of the pedagogies of two content-trained teachers and two language-trained teachers in their content-based second language (L2) classrooms at the middle-school level in two Chinese contexts: Hong Kong and Xi'an. The study aims to identify pedagogies that support content and language learning, referred to here as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Middle Schools
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Shi, Ling – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2003
Reports on the writing and teaching experiences of nine Western-trained Chinese Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) professionals in China. Findings show that participants were all conscious of their biliterate/bicultural intellectual identity. Most participants were persistent in promoting a direct and linear English approach…
Descriptors: Chinese, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
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Bain, Bruce; Yu, Agnes – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1991
Debates the merits of the claim that "symbolic technologies push cognitive growth earlier and longer." The results of an assessment are presented that involved three adult male peasants (two literate, one nonliterate) living in rural China and their ability to recall the text of "The Lonesome Opossum." (25 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Adults, Case Studies, Cognitive Development, Foreign Countries
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Harley, Birgit – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Focuses on the importance of vocabulary knowledge as fundamental to proficiency in a second language (L2). The article notes that each of the studies in this issue examines L2 vocabulary learning from a particular angle, including lexical progress, learning strategies, context effect, the role of learner factors such as age and first language…
Descriptors: Age, Context Effect, Elementary Secondary Education, English
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Qian, David D. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Challenges the assumption that contextualized vocabulary learning invariably leads to superior retention. The article compares two different instructional treatments in a university classroom experiment in China in the teaching of English as a foreign language: the study of contextualized versus decontextualized English word lists. (40 references)…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Context Effect
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Yu, Liming – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Shows that underlying first language (L1) and second language (L2) lexical similarities between typologically unrelated languages can benefit L2 vocabulary learning. The article's comparison of the use of motion verbs in English by Chinese- and Japanese-speaking learners indicates an advantage for Chinese speakers, whose L1 lexicalizes motion in a…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Chinese, College Students, Contrastive Linguistics