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Man Chu Lau, Sunny; Brosseau, Marie-Claude; Maegerlein, Elisabeth; LeRisbé, Michèle; Blandford, Melissa – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2020
This article describes a collaborative research project with four Quebec college teachers offering French and ESL classes designed to support immigrant students' bilingual learning. Using action research, a professional learning community was created that allowed the researcher and teacher participants, through cycles of planning, action, and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Social Integration, French, English (Second Language)
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Rukholm, Vanessa Natale; Helms-Park, Rena; Odgaard, Eric C.; Smyth, Ron – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
The effects of song and elaboration were assessed on the acquisition and retention of lexical items by beginner learners of Italian. Lexical acquisition investigated through an incidental learning experiment based on the premise that growth in L2 vocabulary can be facilitated by subvocal rehearsal and elaborate processing of lexical items.…
Descriptors: Singing, Italian, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Bouhlal, Fatma; Horst, Marlise; Martini, Juliane – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study investigates modality in textbooks designed for learners of English by exploring the frequency and distribution of modal verbs in two corpora--one of authentic native-speaker language and a pedagogical one used by francophone learners of English in Quebec--with a view to identifying areas where added support for learning may be…
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, English Language Learners, Verbs
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Olsen, Max – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Second language (L2) learning is widely acknowledged as complex due to variables such as learner, context, and target language. Such variables are particularly relevant to the learning of immigrant or indigenous languages in countries such as Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. The motivational roles of such variables are considered…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Foreign Countries
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Lesniewska, Justyna; Pichette, François; Béland, Sébastien – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Cognates are known to facilitate second language acquisition and use, as learners tend to assign to a new L2 word the meaning of a similar L1 word. Consequently, for L2 tests that rely largely on lexical items, performance may prove inflated for examinees whose L1 shares many cognates with the language being tested. This article examines the…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Intelligence Tests, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary
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Torres, Julio – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Manipulating cognitive demands on second language (L2) tasks, along with the provision of recasts and its effects on L2 development, has motivated recent inquiry within task-based research. However, empirical evidence remains inconclusive as to the impact of task complexity, and it is unknown how it may affect heritage language (HL) development.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Language Acquisition, Native Language
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Vessey, Rachelle – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2017
This article examines the salience and content of representations of language education in a corpus of English- and French-Canadian newspapers. Findings suggest that English-Canadian newspapers foreground official-language education issues, in which public schools are represented as the primary means by which Canadians can gain equal access to…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Foreign Countries, English, French
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Candry, Sarah; Elgort, Irina; Deconinck, Julie; Eyckmans, June – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2017
The majority of L2 vocabulary studies concentrate on learning word meaning and provide learners with opportunities for semantic elaboration (i.e., focus on word meaning). However, in initial vocabulary learning, engaging in structural elaboration (i.e., focus on word form) with a view to acquiring L2 word form is equally important. The present…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Inferences, Learning Strategies
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Knouzi, Ibtissem; Mady, Callie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2017
Grounded in the cross-linguistic influence(s) (CLI) literature, this study used objective measures to compare the use of English, lexical richness and syntactic complexity, and grammatical accuracy and fluency in the texts of three groups of Grade 6 French immersion students: Canadian-born anglophones (C-A), Canadian-born multilinguals (C-M), and…
Descriptors: French, Immigrants, Multilingualism, Social Status
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Yang, Jin-Suk – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This study synthesizes the methods and findings of published research investigating second language (L2) learners' linguistic development in study-abroad (SA) contexts. Some studies have demonstrated that SA participation is beneficial to learners' L2 development, whereas others have not supported such a relationship. The first phase of this…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Meta Analysis, Effect Size, Second Language Learning
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Tragant, Elsa; Muñoz, Carmen; Spada, Nina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This study reports on a year-long intervention based on comprehension practice of input-rich materials. It was inspired by an innovative program in Canada in which primary school francophone children learned English as a second language (ESL) through simultaneous reading and listening. In our study the participants are a class of 10- to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Foreign Countries, Children, English (Second Language)
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Bell, Philippa; Trofimovich, Pavel; Collins, Laura – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Explanations for the well-documented second language (L2) learning challenge of the English regular past include verb semantics (Bardovi-Harlig, 2000), phonetic properties (Goad, White, & Steele, 2003), and frequency factors (Collins, Trofimovich, White, Cardoso, & Horst, 2009). Difficulty perceiving past-tense morphology (i.e., hearing…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Second Language Learning, Verbs, Semantics
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Payant, Caroline – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Due to the growing number of plurilingual learners in the world today (Hammarberg, 2010), the present multiple case study examines four plurilingual participants' beliefs toward first language (L1) and second language (L2) mediation in the acquisition of French as a third language (L3). During a 16-week classroom-based study in a French university…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Spanish, English (Second Language)
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Inceoglu, Solène – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This article explores the use of gesture by a French language teacher during lexical focus on form (FonF). The analysis compares pre-emptive FonF (before a problem in communication has occurred), and reactive FonF (after a problem has occurred) and looks at the differences between teacher-initiated and learner-initiated FonF in the use and type of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French, Language Teachers
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Haukås, Åsta – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Research on third-language learning (L3) has documented that plurilingualism is an asset in many respects. Particularly relevant for this study is research showing that L3 learners use more strategies more frequently and efficiently than L2 learners. However, previous studies have mainly concentrated on L3 learners' strategy use at the university…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Transfer of Training, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning
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