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Noreillie, Ann-Sophie; Desmet, Piet; Peters, Elke – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2020
The present study aims to explore both native and non-native French speakers' spoken output in two dialogic speaking tasks. More specifically, the aim of this study was threefold. First, the researchers focused on the relationship between L2 learners' receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge and their vocabulary use in two dialogic speaking…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, French, Vocabulary, Speech Communication
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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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Koh, Poh Wee; Chen, Xi; Cummins, James; Li, Jia – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2017
This study examined the performance of Mandarin-speaking students in a K-Grade 4 50/50 Chinese/English bilingual program. The program was intended to facilitate students' learning of English and their adjustment to English-medium instruction within the school context. The bilingual-program students were compared to students from Mandarin-speaking…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Mandarin Chinese
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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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Lundell, Fanny Forsberg; Lindqvist, Christina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
The present study investigates the possibilities for adult learners to attain nativelikeness in the domain of lexis. Aspects investigated are general lexical knowledge (C-test), receptive deep knowledge, productive collocation knowledge, and productive lexico-pragmatic knowledge in a group of long-residency Swedish French second language (L2)…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Phrase Structure, Native Speakers
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Kusseling, Françoise; Lonsdale, Deryle – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
The French CEFR vocabulary profiles as presented in the "Référentiels"--while a valuable resource for a wide range of applications focused on lexical content--result from introspection, intuition-based judgements, and unquantifiable experience. The result is a specification of vocabulary that has been largely untested from a…
Descriptors: French, Vocabulary, Language Proficiency, Comparative Analysis
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Greidanus, Tine; Beks, Bianca; Wakely, Richard – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2006
The present study is a continuation of the work presented in the 2001 article by Greidanus and Nienhuis. In the current study, we also examine the quality of word knowledge among advanced learners of French as a second language (L2) by means of a word associates test. We studied the development of word knowledge among six groups of…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Second Language Learning, Predictor Variables, Native Speakers
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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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Milton, James; Hopkins, Nicola – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2006
Any description of what it means to know a word in a foreign language is likely to include recognition of form, both how a word sounds when heard and what it looks like when written. However, tests of vocabulary knowledge focus almost exclusively on the written form of the word. We have little idea of learners' phonological vocabulary knowledge or…
Descriptors: Phonology, Knowledge Level, Language Tests, Spelling
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Atay, Derin; Kurt, Gokce – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2006
As language learning involves the acquisition of thousands of words, teachers and learners alike would like to know how vocabulary learning can be fostered, especially in EFL settings where learners frequently acquire impoverished lexicons, despite years of formal study. Research indicates that reading is important but not sufficient for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 6, Vocabulary, Experimental Groups
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Singer, Gail – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1977
The keyword method is a mnemonic device limited to teaching vocabulary items. It involves association of a bizarre image with the meaning of the word and can take on the attractive qualities of a game. Results indicate that motivation and interest are stimulated and vocabulary skills improved. (AMH)
Descriptors: Language Instruction, Memorization, Mnemonics, Second Language Learning
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Willerman, Benne; Melvin, Bernice – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Discusses various experiments involving the teaching of vocabulary through the use of mnemonics, and describes an experiment which sought to test the effectiveness of the mnemonic method in acquiring writing skills in the foreign vocabulary. (AM)
Descriptors: Experiments, French, Language Instruction, Language Research
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Rivers, Wilga M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
An adult learner of Spanish presents a diary outlining the process of learning Spanish during her five-week program in South America. (AM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Diaries, Grammar
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Hammerly, Hector – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Examines various approaches to the teaching of word meanings in the second language classroom, including the use of translation, visual aids, and direct methods. (AM)
Descriptors: Definitions, Dictionaries, Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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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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