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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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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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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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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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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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Allen, Virginia G.; Allen, Edward D. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Suggests that the activity of retelling a story in a second language reveals a student's knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and sense of story. Describes a story-telling activity with students in Spanish, levels three-five, and notes a strong relationship between language proficiency and years of study. (SED)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Evaluation Methods, Language Proficiency, Language Tests
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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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Davies, Norman F. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1980
Proposes that second language instruction should give priority to the receptive skills of listening and reading and describes a project conducted in Sweden which sought to realize the development of these skills in a short course. (AM)
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Listening Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Receptive Language
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Mydlarski, Donna – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Describes the use of the "micrologue," a brief narrative on cultural topics, to develop linguistic and cultural skills in the language classroom. (AM)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Learning Activities
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Lister, Anthony C. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Presents a list of vocabulary items peculiar to French Canadian news broadcasts, intended for developing listening comprehension skills. (AM)
Descriptors: Educational Media, French, Language Instruction, Listening Comprehension
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Polly, Lyle R.; Buscaglia, Michael J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1978
Presents a unit of activities based on a reading of Albert Camus'""L'Etranger." The activities, which can be adapted to various levels and abilities in an intermediate French class, incorporate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Sample materials and a bibliography are appended. (AM)
Descriptors: French, French Literature, Higher Education, Instructional Materials