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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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Steinman, Linda – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2007
I define the "literacy autobiography" as a reflective, first-person account of one's development as a writing being. In this article I share a classroom practice that invited language learners to consider and compose their literacy autobiographies (LA). The context was a university credit English as a second language (ESL) classroom. The purposes…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Constructivism (Learning), Autobiographies, Second Language Learning
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Belliveau, George – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2003
Discusses a learning module on Acadian history used in a French immersion setting that focuses on a theatrical arts approach. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Drama, Foreign Countries, French, Immersion Programs
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MacDonald, Kim – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2003
Discusses two Internet activities called Postcards and Talking Heads that can be used by second and foreign language teachers in the classroom. Theoretical justification for using Internet technology is provided, and learning outcomes of Internet activities are discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Technology, Internet, Outcomes of Education
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Heydon, Rachel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2003
Discusses literature circles (LC), and describes a variety of LC techniques for helping teachers coordinate classrooms to include linguistically and culturally diverse students. Provides a description of differentiated instruction and Flippo's (1998) best reading instruction practices, relates typical LC methods, and focuses on how LC can be…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Literature, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction
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Laufer, Batia – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2003
Challenges basic assumptions underlying the claim that reading is the major source of vocabulary acquisition in a second language, including the noticing assumption, the guessing ability assumption, the guessing-retention link assumption, and the cumulative gain assumption. Reports on three experiments in which vocabulary gains from reading were…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Reading Skills, Second Language Instruction
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Malena, Anne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2002
Language and literature departments are being asked to reflect more on the best way to maintain the intellectual integrity of their programs in view of departmental reforms imposed on them by budgetary restraints. Discusses the mediating role played by translation in this kind of situation. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Literature, Second Language Instruction
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Goldstein, Tara – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2002
Discusses the possibilities of working with high school students as researchers of culture and language in their own school communities. Features a short ethnographic play entitled, "No Pain, No Gain," which dramatizes the difficulty of preparing an oral presentation in a second language. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Drama, Ethnography, High School Students, High Schools
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Lin, Angel; Luk, Jasmine – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2002
Proposes that classroom studies in the Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) field tend to subscribe to either of the following two normative orders: Progressive liberalism or cultural relativism, without reflexively recognizing and meta-analyzing these normative frameworks and their social, historical, and political situatedness.…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Cultural Context, English (Second Language), Postmodernism
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Gerin-Lajoie, Diane – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2002
Demonstrates how qualitative research, specifically ethnograhy, constitutes an effective means of investigating identity construction, particularly as identity is manifested through language practices. This approach illuminates the complexity of the interaction between language practices and identity. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Research Methodology
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Bourbeau-Walker, Micheline – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
It is proposed that while the sciences have progressed steadily, language teaching methods have swung like a pendulum between two broad approaches: formal and functional. The history of this pattern is outlined, current practices are discussed, and the possibility of escaping from this polarizing cycle is examined. (MSE)
Descriptors: Educational Change, French, Grammar, Notional Functional Syllabi
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Germain, Claude; LeBlanc, Raymond – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The communicative method of language instruction is compared with other, generalized methods currently used, in terms of content, the variety of forms taught to express the same thought, oral and written language, emphasis on form versus message content, the nonverbal element, and the teaching of language context. (MSE)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Communicative Competence (Languages), Comparative Analysis, Course Content
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Papalia, Anthony – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
Meaningful, comprehensible instructional materials that take into consideration the student's proficiency level are recommended for teaching communicative skills. Formulae developed for teaching various language functions (forms of socializing, showing emotion, judging, and getting information) and functional language rhetorical strategies are…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Difficulty Level, French
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Lewis, Barbara – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The introduction to German adjective endings provided in most current college textbooks is seen as inadequate and contributing to the myth that endings are unapproachable. Students should be able to cope with an early introduction if the subject is approached honestly, in English, and without excessively high expectations. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adjectives, College Instruction, German, Grammar
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Alptekin, Cem – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
A type of acculturation occurs in developing countries that hinders English language learning because English is the linguistic vehicle of technological and sociological influences, and culture conflicts increase when the learners arrive in English-speaking environments different from their expectations. Suggestions are given for alleviating these…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Culture Conflict, Developing Nations
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