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Vandergrift, Larry – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
The "Diplôme d'études de langue française" (DELF) has recently gained attention in Canada for its potential as a national French second language (FSL) proficiency test. This article explores the perceptions of students, teachers, and parents in various school jurisdictions across Canada on a range of issues related to the DELF test and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, French, Language Tests, Language Proficiency
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Payant, Caroline – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Due to the growing number of plurilingual learners in the world today (Hammarberg, 2010), the present multiple case study examines four plurilingual participants' beliefs toward first language (L1) and second language (L2) mediation in the acquisition of French as a third language (L3). During a 16-week classroom-based study in a French university…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Spanish, English (Second Language)
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Inceoglu, Solène – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This article explores the use of gesture by a French language teacher during lexical focus on form (FonF). The analysis compares pre-emptive FonF (before a problem in communication has occurred), and reactive FonF (after a problem has occurred) and looks at the differences between teacher-initiated and learner-initiated FonF in the use and type of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French, Language Teachers
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McManus, Kevin – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This paper examines the impact of L1/L2 form-meaning differences in the domain of aspect to investigate whether L2 learners are able to acquire properties of the L2 that are different from the L1. Oral data were collected from English- and German-speaking university learners of French L2 (n = 75) at two different levels of proficiency. The results…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, French, Language Proficiency, Native Language
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Jian, Hua-Li – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
The ability of Mandarin learners to express emotion in Mandarin has received little attention. This study examines how English L1 users express emotions in Mandarin and how this expression differs from that of Mandarin L1 users. Scenarios were adopted to elicit joy, anger, sadness, fear, and neutrality. Both groups articulated anger, joy, and fear…
Descriptors: English, Native Speakers, Mandarin Chinese, Psychological Patterns
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Snoddon, Kristin – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
No formal Canadian curriculum presently exists for teaching American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language to parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. However, this group of ASL learners is in need of more comprehensive, research-based support, given the rapid expansion in Canada of universal neonatal hearing screening and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, American Sign Language, Deafness, Parent Education
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Ewald, Jennifer D. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Research has found that, during speaking activities, instances of students' collaborative repair are most often lexicon-focused. Collaborative writing tasks have been credited with the potential to force students to confront broad issues, such as content and register, along with more narrow lexical and morphological choices. The present study…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Error Correction, Second Language Learning, Error Analysis (Language)
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Aslan, Erhan – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
The impact of native (NS) and non-native speaker (NNS) identities on second or foreign language teachers' cognition and practices in the classroom has mainly been investigated in ESL/EFL contexts. Using complexity theory as a framework, this case study attempts to fill the gap in the literature by presenting a foreign language teacher in the…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French
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Jessner, Ulrike; Allgäuer-Hackl, Elisabeth; Hofer, Barbara – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
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, Metalinguistics, Theory Practice Relationship, Teaching Methods
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Rothwell, Julia – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This article explores one teacher/researcher's development of a drama-language unit and the learners' responses to it. The work is underpinned by a model of intercultural language learning which also acknowledges the pluricultural and plurilingual contexts in which foreign languages are taught in Australia. As part of a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Guidelines, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
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Haukås, Åsta – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Research on third-language learning (L3) has documented that plurilingualism is an asset in many respects. Particularly relevant for this study is research showing that L3 learners use more strategies more frequently and efficiently than L2 learners. However, previous studies have mainly concentrated on L3 learners' strategy use at the university…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Transfer of Training, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning
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Despagne, Colette – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This critical ethnographic case study draws on Indigenous and minority students' process of learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Mexico. The study specifically focuses on students who enrolled in a program called "A Wager with the Future." The aim of the study is to identify and understand contributing factors in these…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Mexicans, English (Second Language), Power Structure
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Hafner, Christoph A.; Li, David C. S.; Miller, Lindsay – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Recently there has been considerable interest in the role of first language use in second/foreign language learning, especially where students share a common first language. However, most research has focused on in-class interaction between teachers and learners. Much less attention has been given to students' out-of-class practices, for example,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Chinese
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Dobao, Ana Fernández – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study examines the opportunities that a collaborative writing task completed in pairs and in small groups offers for attention to form. Previous research suggests that collaborative writing activities encourage learners to focus their attention on language and to collaborate in the resolution of their language-related problems in ways that…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Kissling, Elizabeth M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study investigated second language (L2) learners' perception of L2 sounds as an individual difference that predicted their improvement in pronunciation after receiving instruction. Learners were given explicit pronunciation instruction in a series of modules added to their Spanish as a foreign language curriculum and were then tested on their…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Pronunciation Instruction, Spanish, Second Language Learning
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