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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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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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Trivelli, Remo J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Demonstrates ways the sentence combining technique can play a significant role in developing the writing skill, in making students more aware of their creative ability, and in heightening their sense of stylistic preferences. A range of combining exercises using Italian as the model language are provided. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Higher Education, Italian, Language Skills
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Ralph, Edwin G. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
Specific student attitude problems in compulsory language courses are described and solutions to them are presented, including first-day pep talks, teacher approval and positive attitudes, use of interesting topics, props, provision for student creativity, skillful use of questioning, and use of novelty. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Core Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education
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Piper, David; Piper, Terry – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Although role playing is a well-established and useful method of second language instruction, its success is often undermined by assignment of roles alien to the students' needs and experience. Redefinition of role playing to include the roles an individual assumes in everyday life will help the teacher plan more appropriate activities. (MSE)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Dialogs (Language), Learning Processes, Role Playing
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Berkowitz, Pauline A. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
Discusses the national need for graduates with knowledge of a second language and claims the only way that interest and proficiency can be sustained in the language is through new methods. Describes teaching method which includes body language. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Body Language, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Knop, Constance K. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1981
Examines directions suggested by studies in communicative competence, cognitive mapping of learning styles, and classroom interaction, seeking integration with a basically audiolingual approach to second language instruction. Suggests alternate ways of conducting classes to help teachers meet students' individual learning needs while still using…
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques
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London, Dalton – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1981
States that a major source of frustration for the second language teacher is the difficulty of bridging the gap between the formal aspects of language and the exploitation of the language in authentic situations. Suggests steps that can be taken to overcome the problem and to meet students' expectations. (MES)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Cognitive Objectives
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