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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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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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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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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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Yeoman, Elizabeth – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Examines the affective dimension of second-language comprehension by analyzing a transcript from a case study in which children conversed about their engagement with stories. Findings suggest that texts may be understood in the informational sense without true comprehension of meaning at the affective level. Implications for classroom practice are…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Case Studies, Childrens Games, Discourse Analysis
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Hoeflaak, Arie; Verloop, Nico – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2000
Investigates characteristics of spoken French texts. Experience teaching French as a foreign language has revealed that some university students, even at a relatively advanced level, have difficulty understanding the news on Radio France International. Suggests that three characteristics of the spoken news program that may cause students…
Descriptors: College Students, French, Higher Education, Listening Comprehension
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Germain-Rutherford, Aline – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
A 12-lesson college-level French unit using the same recorded text to teach three aspects of oral language (pronunciation, comprehension, and production) is described and documented. The activity attempts to use the unit vocabulary as much as possible in a variety of exercises to develop communicative competence. (13 references) (MSE)
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, French
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Baltova, Iva – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1994
A study investigated the role of video and/or sound in the processing of aural French as a second language in grade-eight core French. Results indicate visual cues were informative and enhanced general comprehension but did not necessarily stimulate understanding of the specific text. Affective and attentional advantages were noted. (Contains 28…
Descriptors: Attention Span, Audiovisual Aids, French, Grade 8
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Dolphin, Emil – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1987
Uses of slides in the French language classroom for vocabulary development, enhancement of listening comprehension, stimulation of speech, and grammar review are discussed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Skills, Audiovisual Aids, Classroom Techniques, French
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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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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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Champagne-Muzar, Cecile – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Ascertains the influence of the development of receptive phonetic skills on the level of listening comprehension of adults learning French as a second language in a formal setting. Test results indicate substantial gains in phonetics by the experimental group and a significant difference between the performance of experimental and control groups.…
Descriptors: Acoustic Phonetics, Adult Students, Data Analysis, Foreign Countries
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