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Hanzawa, Keiko – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This longitudinal study examined whether and to what extent the production of voice onset time (VOT) for /p/, /t/, and /k/ in English was improved in second language (L2) learners by enrolment in a content-based instruction (CBI) program at a Japanese university. Measures of VOTs were elicited at the beginning, middle, and end of the academic year…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Longitudinal Studies, Second Language Instruction
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Dewey, Dan P.; Bown, Jennifer; Eggett, Dennis – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
This study examines the self-perceived speaking proficiency development of 204 learners of Japanese who studied abroad in Japan and analyzes connections between self-reported social network development, language use, and speaking development. Learners perceived that they gained the most in areas associated with the intermediate and advanced levels…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Foreign Countries, Japanese, Social Networks
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Webb, Stuart A. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This study investigates the effects of pre-learning vocabulary on reading comprehension and writing. Japanese students studying English as a foreign language (EFL) learned word pairs receptively and productively; four tests were used to measure reading comprehension, writing, and receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge. The findings suggest…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Writing Skills, Foreign Countries
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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