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Heffernan, Peter J.; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1988
Suggested classroom activities for French language instruction include: exercises focusing on problems of language transfer, interference, and overgeneralization; a lesson in problems of literal translation; an activity to develop guessing skills; situation-specific communication exercises; practice in asking questions; activities to develop…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cross Cultural Training
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Williams, Jerry M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1990
Teachers are encouraged to learn to codify student errors of selection and usage and to promote use of dictionaries and other lexical tools so students can achieve proper pronunciation and identify colloquialisms, misuse of idioms, and lack of grammatical logic in complex constructions. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Dictionaries, Error Correction, Error Patterns
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Landry, Rodrigue; Allard, Real – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1990
The phenomenon of lexical neology and its applications in second-language instruction are discussed. A study of feminization of titles in the Canadian maritime provinces is reported, and teaching materials based on those observations are suggested, aimed at enabling college-level language learners to understand the phenomenon and its practical…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, French
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Lentz, Francois – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1990
Class activities for French native and second-language immersion classes using the souvenir program of a 1988 Manitoba travel festival are outlined. Activities involve global manipulation of the document and specific uses for information seeking and information manipulation. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, French
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Dupuy, Beatrice – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
Presents a number of suggestions for using reading circles in elementary school French second-language instruction, including reading text selection, grouping, organizing discussions, knowing when to intervene, and student assessment techniques such as reading logs, passports, critical presentations, and negotiated evaluations. (MSE)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Class Activities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education
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Shook, David J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
Presents an approach to language and culture instruction for North American students of Spanish that centers on student-led investigations of cultural identity in the Americas, designed to allow students to overcome possible stereotypes and generalizations concerning the target culture(s), and to examine their own cultural identities at the same…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education
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Roy, Sylvie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
Describes a technique for teaching the French prepositions "a and de" by explaining the syntactic process implicit in verbs that are followed by those prepositions. Outlines sentence structure based on several verb types. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, French, Grammar, Language Research
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Hall, Christopher – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
Examines how application of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and information technology can be used to overcome "grammar deficit" seen in many British undergraduate German students. A combination of explicit, implicit, and exploratory grammar teaching approaches uses diverse resources, including word processing packages,…
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programming), College Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Dictionaries
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Raymond, Patricia M.; Raymond, Jacques; Pilon, Daniel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
Describes a prototypical microcomputer system that improves the interactions between teacher and large language classes in a traditional language classroom setting. This system achieves dynamic interactions through multiple student/professor interventions, immediate and delayed feedback, and individual teacher/student conferences. The system uses…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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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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Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1999
Discusses the need to incorporate form-focused activities into second-language communication instruction, and suggests pedagogical strategies for doing so. Provides examples of tasks that may help realize this goal. Examines relevant empirical evidence on the effectiveness of such tasks. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Grammar
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Makita-Discekici, Yasuko – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1999
Describes one teacher's use of creative skits in a college-level beginning Japanese language course. Each student must participate in two skits. Preparatory activities, required linguistic elements, use of props, teacher input into scripts, and methods and criteria for evaluation of performance are outlined. Possible difficulties and solutions and…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Turscott, John – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1999
Argues that oral grammar correction in second-language classrooms produces overwhelming problems both in making corrections and dealing with their harmful side effects, and that the practice should be discontinued. Research evidence suggests that oral correction does not improve learners' ability to speak grammatically, and no good reasons have…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Error Correction, Grammar, Language Research
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Berger, Marie Josee – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1999
Argues that in Ontario's French-medium schools, reading is often a challenge, particularly for those in readiness classes who speak little or no French. A model for early intervention in reading is recommended, combining reading and writing to address the linguistic challenges of students in a minority-language community. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Early Intervention, Foreign Countries, French
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Black, Catherine – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1999
Describes a course for college French majors that uses drama and instruction in nonverbal communication in an intensive oral language experience and cultural exploration. French and Quebec plays are rehearsed and performed by students for the university community, both francophone and anglophone. (MSE)
Descriptors: Body Language, Classroom Techniques, Course Descriptions, Cultural Awareness
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