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Kennedy, Sara; Tromovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
In this review article, we discuss the construct of second language (L2) comprehensibility, which refers to listeners' judgments of ease or difficulty in understanding L2 speech. We first briefly describe intelligibility and comprehensibility, two measures that capture listener understanding of L2 speech. We then present evidence that supports the…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Difficulty Level
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Vandergrift, Larry; Baker, Susan C. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Listening comprehension, which is relatively straightforward for native language (L1) speakers, is often frustrating for second language (L2) learners. Listening comprehension is important to L2 acquisition, but little is known about the variables that influence the development of L2 listening skills. The goal of this study was to determine which…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French, Immersion Programs
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Peters, Martine; Weinberg, Alysse; Sarma, Nandini – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This article examines student attitudes towards and perceptions of technological activities in the language classroom. Data collected from students (n = 71) in the French language departments of five Canadian universities were used to examine which technological activities students preferred, whether and to what degree different activities were…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes, Learning Activities
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Kennedy, Sara; Trofimovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2008
This study investigated how listener experience (extent of previous exposure to non-native speech) and semantic context (degree and type of semantic information available) influence measures of intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accentedness of non-native (L2) speech. Participants were 24 native English-speaking listeners, half experienced…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Semantics, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Leeser, Michael J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2008
This study examines the effects of learners' production (i.e., pushed output) during a multi-stage reconstruction task on learners' noticing of Spanish past tense morphology, aural text comprehension, and development of preterite/imperfect usage in writing. Participants included 47 intermediate L2 Spanish learners in a content-based course at the…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Morphology (Languages), English (Second Language), Morphemes
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Nation, I. S. P. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2006
This article has two goals: to report on the trialling of fourteen 1,000 word-family lists made from the British National Corpus, and to use these lists to see what vocabulary size is needed for unassisted comprehension of written and spoken English. The trialling showed that the lists were properly sequenced and there were no glaring omissions…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Databases, Computational Linguistics, Reading Comprehension
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Woodsworth, John A. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1972
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Learning Theories, Linguistic Competence
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Marston, Patrick – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1972
Descriptors: Aural Learning, German, Language Instruction, Language Laboratories
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Wright, Wendy A. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1971
Descriptors: Audiolingual Skills, German, Language Instruction, Language Skills
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Hunter, Evanne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1971
Paper delivered at an in-service training session for grade 6 French teachers at North York, Ontario, Canada. (DS)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Skills, Evaluation, French, Language Tests
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Pimsleur, Paul – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1970
Speech presented at the Sixth Annual Whitewater Language Conference, Whitewater, Wisconsin, March 1970. Many of the ideas presented have more relevance for the United States than Canada. (DS)
Descriptors: French, Grammar, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Wright, Wendy A. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1970
Descriptors: Language Instruction, Language Skills, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension
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Wesche, Marjorie; Paribakht, T. Sima – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Provides a detailed analysis of techniques used for second language vocabulary assessment and the implied assumptions about the underlying construct of vocabulary knowledge. The article notes that existing measures of vocabulary size are uninformative as to the depth of knowledge that learners have about particular words. (56 references)…
Descriptors: Dictation, Dictionaries, Error Analysis (Language), Error Correction
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Duquette, Lise; Painchaud, Gisele – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Examines the effects of different kinds of rich contexts for vocabulary learning based on second language oral input. The article compares the number and kinds of words learned through exposure to a dialogue or video, or by first listening to an oral account of the dialogue situation and then hearing the audio soundtrack without visual support.…
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Comparative Analysis, Context Effect, Dialogs (Language)
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Vandergrift, Laurens – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Presents listening comprehension strategies used by students learning French. Through interviews, students described their conscious use of strategies in different contexts. All evidenced a familiarity with metacognitive, cognitive, and socioaffective techniques. (50 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Cognitive Processes, Communication Apprehension, Context Effect
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