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Rolin-Ianziti, Jeanne Claire; Ord, Carl – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
This study expands on previous research in concept-based instruction (CBI) by investigating the use of the grammatical concept of aspect as a tool to mediate decision making during tasks. Specifically, this article reports the findings of a longitudinal case study that examines one student's explanations for his choice of French past tense…
Descriptors: College Students, Advanced Students, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods
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Nematizadeh, Shahin; Wood, David – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Research investigating L2 (second language) willingness to communicate (WTC) has gained ground in the past two decades. Added to that is the emergence of complex dynamic systems theory (CDST) with a focus on the phenomenon of change, the implications of which for WTC research have opened up new avenues to enhance our conceptualization of the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Language Fluency, Guidelines
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Leonard, Karen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
In the L2 fluency literature there is considerable debate over how best to operationally define pauses and how different pause measures relate to L2 proficiency. This creates a challenge for researchers interested in L2 fluency, and particularly those who are working with groups that vary in L2 proficiency. This article addresses these issues by…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Spanish
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Strachan, Lauren; Trofimovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Previous research has shown that English regular past-tense forms are difficult to perceive, yet perception studies to date have used experimentally manipulated input, and none has investigated how contextual cues, beyond temporal adverbials, affect the perception of the regular past. This study investigated whether second language (L2) learners…
Descriptors: Grammar, English, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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Garcia Cortés, Olga Mireya; Parks, Susan – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
This study explores the code-switching practices of five core ESL teachers from the elementary grades in Quebec francophone schools. Through a fine-grained emic analysis of the teachers' reasons for code-switching, the study illuminates how they variously used French as a resource to fulfil their institutional roles as teachers. In addition, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Rocafort, Míriam Cabré – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
This study utilizes multimodal narrative reflection to examine pre-service teachers' beliefs regarding language education. Building awareness of beliefs acquired by reflective practices is fundamental to the improvement of teacher education because reinterpretation of beliefs allows for the consideration of new frames of reference for language…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Beliefs, Second Language Learning, Reflective Teaching
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Erlam, Rosemary; Ellis, Rod – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study investigated the effect of input-based tasks on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar by beginner-level learners of L2 French and reported the introduction of task-based teaching as an innovation in a state secondary school. The experimental group (n = 19) completed a series of focused input-based language tasks, taught by their…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Task Analysis, Linguistic Input, Grammar
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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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Li, Jia – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This article reports on a case study that investigates the learning preferences and strategies of Chinese students learning English as a second language (ESL) in Canadian school settings. It focuses on the interaction between second language (L2) learning methods that the students have adopted from their previous learning experience in China and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Rukholm, Vanessa Natale; Helms-Park, Rena; Odgaard, Eric C.; Smyth, Ron – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
The effects of song and elaboration were assessed on the acquisition and retention of lexical items by beginner learners of Italian. Lexical acquisition investigated through an incidental learning experiment based on the premise that growth in L2 vocabulary can be facilitated by subvocal rehearsal and elaborate processing of lexical items.…
Descriptors: Singing, Italian, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Dressler, Roswita – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Bilingual language education in Canada comprises Bilingual Programs in minority languages and programs in official languages (e.g., French immersion). However, pedagogy in Bilingual Programs has not been studied to the same depth as it has been in French Immersion, so little is known about the teaching practices within them. Immersion pedagogy,…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Language Minorities
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Bouhlal, Fatma; Horst, Marlise; Martini, Juliane – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study investigates modality in textbooks designed for learners of English by exploring the frequency and distribution of modal verbs in two corpora--one of authentic native-speaker language and a pedagogical one used by francophone learners of English in Quebec--with a view to identifying areas where added support for learning may be…
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, English Language Learners, Verbs
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Olsen, Max – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Second language (L2) learning is widely acknowledged as complex due to variables such as learner, context, and target language. Such variables are particularly relevant to the learning of immigrant or indigenous languages in countries such as Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. The motivational roles of such variables are considered…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Foreign Countries
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Foote, Jennifer A.; Trofimovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study examines the role of listeners' native language (L1) background in judgments of comprehensibility (ease of understanding) for speakers from same and different L1 backgrounds, to determine the extent of a shared second language (L2) comprehensibility benefit. Forty L2 English speakers from Mandarin, French, Hindi, and English backgrounds…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Proficiency, Comprehension, Second Languages
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Schwab-Cartas, Joshua – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This article describes how cellphone technology, specifically cellphilms -- films of varying lengths made with cellphones by everyday people -- are being taken up in the community of Union Hidalgo as a platform to foster an intergenerational dialogue between youth and Elders, with the specific goal of preserving the Zapotec language and ancestral…
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, American Indians
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