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Wong, Melanie M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
As our global communication and linguistic landscapes continue to change, kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) students are engaging in a variety of literacy practices (on both page and screen) in technology-enhanced classrooms. Due to the affordances of technologies, individuals are moving fluidly between various learning spaces within and outside the…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Grade 6, Literacy, Socialization
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Wong, Kevin M.; Mak, Pauline – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Self-assessments are instructional tools with the potential to enhance self-regulatory and language-learning processes in students in the writing classroom. Although widely studied in the first language context, self-assessment research in L2 writing contexts is relatively unexplored. Yet recent research indicates that the demands of writing in a…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Writing Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Self Management
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Deng, Jun; Ranta, Leila – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
This article presents an investigation of L2 pragmatic development by a group of 19 Chinese EFL teachers who participated in a five-month program in Canada (SA group). A written discourse-completion task (WDCT) was administered to assess participants' pragmatic knowledge of how to make requests in English. They also completed a paper-based…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Study Abroad, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Snoddon, Kristin; Wilkinson, Erin – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
This article discusses some issues in Canadian sign language recognition in light of the federal government's recent introduction of an "Accessible Canada Act" and related deaf community activism. We identify gaps in knowledge surrounding sign language use, including communicative practices of deaf Indigenous peoples, and outline the…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Deafness, Activism, Language Usage
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Cobb, Tom; Horst, Marlise – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
The vocabulary research of the 1980s and 1990s brought a breath of fresh air into the language classroom. Teachers in many remote EFL locations had long suspected that vocabulary was their learners' main challenge, but there was little research evidence to confirm this or say what to do about it. Then, suddenly, work by Nation, Laufer, Meara,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Grammar
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Lyster, Roy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Translanguaging practices come into play in social interactions between bilinguals when they are making use of all their shared linguistic resources and blending their languages in natural ways. Stemming from these practices is translanguaging pedagogy, which is designed so that students in school-based additive bilingual programs can benefit from…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), English, Native Language, Immersion Programs
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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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Norton, Bonny – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
The year 2019 is a banner year for "The Canadian Modern Language Review/La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes (CMLR/RCLV)," which celebrates its 75th year of publication, and its profound impact on the field of applied linguistics in Canada and beyond since the conclusion of World War II. The year 2019 is also personally significant…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Second Language Learning, Applied Linguistics, Periodicals
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Duff, Patricia; Zappa-Hollman, Sandra; Surtees, Victoria – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Research on first language, second language, and multilingual socialization has flourished over the past three decades in many formal and informal educational contexts around the world. One relatively recent site for such research, particularly for multilingual students learning English as an additional language, is post-secondary institutions…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Multilingualism
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Derwing, Tracey M.; Thomson, Ronald I. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Tracey Derwing and Ron Thomson reflect on the growth of Canadian L2 pronunciation research from the early 1990s onward. Although many phoneticians and language educators called for pronunciation instruction (PI) for decades, in the early 1980s little empirical research existed to inform pronunciation pedagogy, despite an influx of Vietnamese…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Torres, Julio – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
Manipulating cognitive demands on second language (L2) tasks, along with the provision of recasts and its effects on L2 development, has motivated recent inquiry within task-based research. However, empirical evidence remains inconclusive as to the impact of task complexity, and it is unknown how it may affect heritage language (HL) development.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Language Acquisition, Native Language
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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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