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Grey, Sarah; Jackson, Carrie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2020
Linguistic self-confidence is an underlying factor in L2 motivation and positive L2 learning outcomes. However, few studies have investigated its hypothesized relationship to objective L2 learning outcomes or the relationship between self-confidence and cognitive and affective individual differences that influence L2 learning. In this study,…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Second Language Learning, Affective Behavior, Accuracy
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Douglas, Scott Roy; Doe, Christine; Cheng, Liying – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2020
From the perspective of newcomers to Canada, using English as an additional language (EAL), this study explores how newcomers' interlocutors might impede workplace communication. Six participants speaking EAL and with a variety of language backgrounds shared their workplace experiences. Qualitative data were collected through semi-structured…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cobb, Tom; Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
The vocabulary research of the 1980s and 1990s brought a breath of fresh air into the language classroom. Teachers in many remote EFL locations had long suspected that vocabulary was their learners' main challenge, but there was little research evidence to confirm this or say what to do about it. Then, suddenly, work by Nation, Laufer, Meara,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Grammar
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Leonard, Karen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
In the L2 fluency literature there is considerable debate over how best to operationally define pauses and how different pause measures relate to L2 proficiency. This creates a challenge for researchers interested in L2 fluency, and particularly those who are working with groups that vary in L2 proficiency. This article addresses these issues by…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Spanish
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Erlam, Rosemary; Ellis, Rod – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study investigated the effect of input-based tasks on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar by beginner-level learners of L2 French and reported the introduction of task-based teaching as an innovation in a state secondary school. The experimental group (n = 19) completed a series of focused input-based language tasks, taught by their…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Task Analysis, Linguistic Input, Grammar
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Lundell, Fanny Forsberg; Lindqvist, Christina; Edmonds, Amanda – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
The present study investigates the relationship between productive collocation knowledge and advanced levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. More precisely, the potential progression between the B2 and C1 levels of the CEFR is studied through the development of a productive collocation test in second…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Guidelines, Rating Scales
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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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Batista, Roselene; Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
Researchers have developed several tests of receptive vocabulary knowledge suitable for use with learners of English, but options are few for learners of French. This situation motivated the authors to create a new vocabulary size measure for French, the "Test de la taille du vocabulaire" (TTV). The measure is closely modelled on…
Descriptors: Receptive Language, Vocabulary Development, French, 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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Vandergrift, Larry – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
The "Diplôme d'études de langue française" (DELF) has recently gained attention in Canada for its potential as a national French second language (FSL) proficiency test. This article explores the perceptions of students, teachers, and parents in various school jurisdictions across Canada on a range of issues related to the DELF test and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, French, Language Tests, Language Proficiency
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Ewald, Jennifer D. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Research has found that, during speaking activities, instances of students' collaborative repair are most often lexicon-focused. Collaborative writing tasks have been credited with the potential to force students to confront broad issues, such as content and register, along with more narrow lexical and morphological choices. The present study…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Error Correction, Second Language Learning, Error Analysis (Language)
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Kissling, Elizabeth M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study investigated second language (L2) learners' perception of L2 sounds as an individual difference that predicted their improvement in pronunciation after receiving instruction. Learners were given explicit pronunciation instruction in a series of modules added to their Spanish as a foreign language curriculum and were then tested on their…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Pronunciation Instruction, Spanish, Second Language Learning
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Figueras, Neus; Kaftandjieva, Felianka; Takala, Sauli – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
The article addresses some problems and options in setting standards on language tests and examinations. More specifically, it reports on a set of three workshops conducted in the European context where standard setting in language education typically concerns linking tests and examinations to the Council of Europe's "Common European…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Cutting Scores, Academic Standards
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Hu, Hsueh-chao Marcella; Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
In recent years the study of second language (L2) vocabulary learning through reading has attracted much attention in the field of L2 acquisition. A specific area that has received wide interest is the examination of the processes involved in deriving word meanings from context. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationships…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Inferences, Correlation
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