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Piper, Terry – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
Results of a study of sound system acquisition of five-year-old students of English-as-a-second-language show that first- and second-language learners exhibit similar but not identical simplification processes, and that evidence for a common developmental sequence in acquisition of consonant sounds was limited. (MSE)
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Consonants, English (Second Language)
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Medina-Nguyen, Suzanne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1981
Analyzes the overgeneralizations of bilingual children to determine whether the overgeneralizations of Spanish and English monolinguals would differ from those found in the speech samples of Spanish-English bilinguals and to reach a better understanding of speakers' preference for certain affixes and roots. (MES)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Child Language, English, Error Patterns
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Spilka, Irene V. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1976
Studies are reported which attempt to discover the exact level of second language proficiency reached by students in second language immersion programs, with emphasis on analysis of error. (RM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Error Analysis (Language)
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Cox, Jerry L. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1981
Discusses the theoretical foundations of both basic approaches to contrastive analysis, the predictive, "a priori" version, and the explanatory, "a posteriori" version. Analyzes problems in both approaches, and states that explanatory investigations must be divorced from "classical" contrastive analysis and used with a more realistic methodology…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Interference (Language)
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Morris, Lori – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2001
Spelling errors of 215 Grade 6 English-as-a-Second-Language learners were examined with a view to gaining an understanding of how these children construe and misconstrue the structure of their second language. It was found that unstressed grammatical function words proved particularly difficult for the learners to render in writing. They had…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Error Patterns, Foreign Countries, Grade 6
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Besnard, Christine – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1995
Lists the 50 most common writing errors made by college students of French. Mistakes in spelling, vocabulary, and grammar are included. (CK)
Descriptors: College Students, English, Error Patterns, French
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Terry, Robert M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1989
In a French study based on Spanish research, the communicative effectiveness and grammatical accuracy of foreign language students in generating appropriate classroom questions was investigated. Despite language differences, similarities were found in communication errors, especially incorrect interrogative words and structures, verb tenses and…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Error Patterns, French, Inquiry
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Lyster, Roy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1987
Errors in the spoken French of immersion students, reflecting a fossilized interlanguage and language transfer, are attributed to an erroneous assumption underlying immersion instruction: that students acquire the second language in the same way they acquire their native language. An improved syllabus aimed at second-language learners is…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Error Patterns, French, Immersion Programs
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Desmarais, Lise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1998
Reports a study with 27 adults, both native French-speakers and native English-speakers, on the effectiveness of using a spell-checker as the core element to teach French spelling. The method used authentic materials, individualized monitoring, screen and hard-copy text reading, and content sequencing based on errors. The approach generated…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Uses in Education, Error Patterns, French
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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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Laflamme, Simon; Berger, Jacques – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1988
A study found native French-speaking and native English-speaking university students had similar writing skill levels and error patterns despite their position as language-minority or language-majority members of society. It is concluded that language competency is not necessarily linked to language difficulty or to the position of the language.…
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Analysis, English, Error Patterns
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Cohen, Avraham – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
A study investigated the ability of socially handicapped Israeli students to determine a word's meaning from its linguistic context. The results and their implications for second language instruction are examined in light of current theories of context. (MSE)
Descriptors: Context Clues, Cultural Context, Decoding (Reading), Descriptive Linguistics