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Pujol-Ferran, Mercè; DiSanto, Jacqueline M.; Rodríguez, Nelson Núñez; Morales, Angel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
Many students in US community colleges often speak a language other than English (LOTE) at home. They find it difficult to complete college requirements, and many drop out. Struggling with the acquisition of academic English and the content of their courses, they exhibit low academic confidence and are easily frustrated. In an attempt to raise…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Bilingual Students, Multilingualism
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Yang, Jin-Suk – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This study synthesizes the methods and findings of published research investigating second language (L2) learners' linguistic development in study-abroad (SA) contexts. Some studies have demonstrated that SA participation is beneficial to learners' L2 development, whereas others have not supported such a relationship. The first phase of this…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Meta Analysis, Effect Size, Second Language Learning
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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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Jessner, Ulrike; Allgäuer-Hackl, Elisabeth; Hofer, Barbara – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
The aim of this article is to stress the importance of a dynamic systems or complexity theory approach as a necessary prerequisite to understanding the development of multi-competence in multilingual learners. Selected results from a study on emergent multilingual awareness in children, carried out in South Tyrol, are outlined and discussed. The…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Theory Practice Relationship, Foreign Countries, Class Activities
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Tragant, Elsa; Muñoz, Carmen; Spada, Nina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This study reports on a year-long intervention based on comprehension practice of input-rich materials. It was inspired by an innovative program in Canada in which primary school francophone children learned English as a second language (ESL) through simultaneous reading and listening. In our study the participants are a class of 10- to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Foreign Countries, Children, English (Second Language)
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Lee, Icy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
In many educational contexts, L2 writing assessment tends to emphasize its summative functions (i.e., assessment of learning--AoL) more than its formative potential (i.e., assessment for--AfL). While the teacher plays a dominant role in AoL, central to AfL is the role of the students, alongside that of the teacher and peers. A student-centred…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Writing Evaluation, Student Centered Curriculum, Active Learning
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Petersen, Cristina; Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
The use of projects and project-based learning has recently received much attention as a way of promoting meaning-focused communication and integrating different language skills into second and foreign language classrooms. However, perspectives on the effective implementation of projects have not been fully explored. This study examines and…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Liu, Jie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This study explores how a change of learning environment from China to the United Kingdom affects Chinese international master's students' use of strategies in academic reading. Think aloud was used at two time points in one academic year among 15 participants. To capture the complexity of the academic reading, reading strategies were categorized…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change
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Kobayashi, Masaki – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
The present study provides an in-depth, longitudinal account of an undergraduate student's L2 discourse socialization in an academic exchange program in Canada. By invoking Rogoff's (1995) notion of participatory appropriation, this qualitative case study examined an L2 student's task-related strategies and performance as they evolved over time in…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Socialization, Undergraduate Students, Study Abroad
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McCrocklin, Shannon; Link, Stephanie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
Because many theorists propose a connection between accent and identity, some theorists have justifiably been concerned about the ethical ramifications of L2 pronunciation teaching. However, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students often state a desire to sound like native speakers. With little research into ESL students' perceptions of links…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Pronunciation
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Davidson, Troy; Guénette, Danielle; Simard, Daphnée – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
According to Dörnyei's model of second language (L2) motivation, the motivated learner aims to incorporate the L2 into his or her self-concept, known as the ideal L2 self. This study examined the internal consistency of Dörnyei's model among ESL Francophone students in Quebec (n = 68) by means of a questionnaire. Correlations were calculated…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Item Analysis, Motivation
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Rivière, Marie – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
This article focuses on the differential emotional power of languages in the book-reading practices of plurilingual readers. Within a plurilingual perspective, it aims at adding nuance to the "emotional contexts of learning hypothesis" and the "theory of language embodiment". This qualitative study is based on semi-structured…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Emotional Response, Reading Processes, Semi Structured Interviews
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Eckstein, Grant – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2016
Although most writing centres maintain policies against providing grammar correction during writing tutorials, it is undeniable that students expect some level of grammar intervention there. Just how much students expect and receive is a matter of speculation. This article examines the grammar-correction issue by reporting on a survey of L1, L2,…
Descriptors: Grammar, Error Correction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bell, Philippa; Trofimovich, Pavel; Collins, Laura – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Explanations for the well-documented second language (L2) learning challenge of the English regular past include verb semantics (Bardovi-Harlig, 2000), phonetic properties (Goad, White, & Steele, 2003), and frequency factors (Collins, Trofimovich, White, Cardoso, & Horst, 2009). Difficulty perceiving past-tense morphology (i.e., hearing…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Second Language Learning, Verbs, Semantics
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McDonough, Kim; Trofimovich, Pavel; Neumann, Heike – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This study focuses on the pedagogical applications of structural priming research in an English for academic purposes (EAP) context, investigating whether priming activities are an effective tool for eliciting production of target grammatical structures. University students across four EAP classes carried out a total of 6 information-exchange…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Priming, English for Academic Purposes, Grammar
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