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Rossiter, Marian J.; Derwing, Tracey M.; Manimtim, Linda G.; Thomson, Ron I. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
In this paper, we argue that current instructional ESL resources must be supplemented to facilitate the effective development of learners' oral fluency. We summarize some of the pertinent literature on L2 fluency and report the results of a survey of fluency activities (free production, rehearsal/repetition, consciousness-raising, and use of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Resource Materials, Second Language Learning, Textbooks
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Erlam, Rosemary; Loewen, Shawn – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This laboratory-based study of second- and third-year American university students learning French examines the effectiveness of implicit and explicit corrective feedback on noun-adjective agreement errors. The treatment consisted of one hour of interactive tasks. Implicit feedback was operationalized as a single recast with interrogative…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Intonation, Form Classes (Languages), Error Correction
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Arnett, Katy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This article reports on two components of a micro case study of a Grade 8 Core French teacher's experiences in meeting the various learner needs in her classroom. Using sociocultural theory (SCT) to unite the constructs of special education and second language (L2) education, this analysis explores the role of both global and discrete teaching…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Grade 8, Teaching Experience, Classroom Environment
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Hummel, Kirsten M.; French, Leif M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
There is mounting evidence that phonological memory (PM), a sub-component of working memory, is closely related to various aspects of second language (L2) learning in a variety of populations, suggesting that PM may be an essential cognitive mechanism underlying successful L2 acquisition. This article provides a brief critical review of the role…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Visual Aids, Short Term Memory, Listening Skills
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Culligan, Karla – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This phenomenological study explores students' decision-making about whether to remain in an optional French immersion (FI) mathematics course in Grade 11, as well as students' subsequent experiences in their mathematics course of choice. Interview data were collected from 10 students who remained in FI mathematics and from six students who did…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, French, Decision Making, Immersion Programs
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van Compernolle, Remi A. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This article presents a sociolinguistically responsive model of pedagogy situated within existing sociocultural and communicative approaches to language learning and teaching. The specific focus of the discussion is on the French pronouns of address, "tu" and "vous". The article reviews previous research on second-person address in educational and…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, French, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Riches, Caroline; Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This comparative inquiry examines the multi-/bilingual nature and cultural diversity of two distinctly different linguistic and ethnic communities in Montreal--English speakers and Chinese speakers--with a focus on the multi/bilingual and multi/biliterate development of children from these two communities who attend French-language schools, by…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Second Language Learning, Bilingualism
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Dumas, Jacqueline – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
Instructors in the federally funded program of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) are responsible for teaching both the English language and citizenship values to adult immigrants. The recent legalization of same-sex marriage implies that a gay and lesbian presence is an acknowledged fact of Canadian life, with gay rights now…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Foreign Countries, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity
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Garnett, Bruce – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This study explores the variations in the academic trajectories of socio-demographic subgroups of English as a second language (ESL) students (N = 7527) in British Columbia, Canada. Results are compared to a native English speaker baseline (N = 37,612). Longitudinal data describing the 1997 Grade 8 cohort (i.e., students age 13, typically in their…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Grade 8
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Baker, Wendy; Smith, Laura Catharine – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This article examines how a second language (L2) dialect affects how accurately the L2 is perceived and produced. Specifically, the study examined differences between the production and perception of French vowels /i/, /y/, and /u/ by learners of either Quebec French (QF) or European French (EF). These vowels differ across the two varieties, both…
Descriptors: Dialects, Vowels, Phonetics, Foreign Countries
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Louw, Kerry J.; Derwing, Tracey M.; Abbott, Marilyn L. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This article reports on a pedagogical tool developed to facilitate effective inter-cultural communication in the workplace. We created pre- and post-instruction videos of a native speaker (NS) and non-native speakers (NNSs) in simulated job interviews. Initial interviews were examined for pragmatic difficulties, and one of the researchers also…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Employment Interviews, Native Speakers, Pragmatics
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Dilans, Gatis – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
This study investigates the effects of corrective feedback in the form of prompts and recasts on second language vocabulary development. The study employed pre-test/post-test/delayed post-test design. Intermediate adult ESL learners (N = 23) in a community college located in the southwestern United States were categorized into three groups:…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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McDonough, Kim; Chaikitmongkol, Wanpen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
Syntactic priming is the tendency for a speaker to produce a structure that was encountered in recent discourse and is measured by calculating how frequently speakers use the modelled structures as opposed to alternatives. Recent lab-based studies have shown that carrying out syntactic priming activities with trained interlocutors positively…
Descriptors: Priming, Verbs, Syntax, Thai
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Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
In recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in the notion of spontaneous focus on form (FonF) (i.e., attention to linguistic forms that arise incidentally during meaningful communication). Previous research has indicated that such FonF is beneficial for L2 learning. However, this research has focused mainly on reactive FonF,…
Descriptors: Interaction, Scores, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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Ilieva, Roumi – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2010
The professional identity of language teachers has gained prominence in research on language instruction in the last decade. This article adds to work by critically exploring how teacher education programs allow non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) to construct positive professional identities and become pro-active educators. It reports…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Masters Programs, Graduate Students, Teacher Education Programs
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