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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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Vandergrift, Larry – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2002
Beginning level French students in Grades 4-6 completed listening comprehension tasks and reflective exercises using instruments that engaged them in prediction, evaluation, and other processes involved in listening. Results suggest that use of these instruments helped sensitize students to the processes underlying second language listening…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, French, Listening Comprehension
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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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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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Legerstee, Maria; Feider, Helga – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The impact of a grade two enrichment program in a French immersion course is evaluated. Small group activities under the supervision of a parent, grade six students, and a grade two monitor provided opportunities to practice French in a stimulating environment. Significant oral skills gains were measured. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Foreign Countries
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Holmes, Glyn; Kidd, Marilyn E. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The history of computer assisted language instruction is briefly reviewed, highlighting several major projects. Computer functions compatible with language instruction include information storage and retrieval capacities, ability to analyze input, and interactiveness. Language skills that can be developed by computer include grammar, vocabulary,…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Grammar, Language Skills
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DeFrancis, John – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
An adult seeking to increase his listening comprehension in French complains about the lack of adequate materials. This situation is compared to that of learning Chinese, where materials are plentiful and geared to independent study. (AM)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Chinese, Educational Needs, French
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Majhanovich, Suzanne; Robinson, M. Lynda – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Discusses the use of structured exercises and the media to develop both selective and global listening skills in second language students. (AM)
Descriptors: Auditory Discrimination, Language Instruction, Listening Comprehension, Listening Skills
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