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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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Baran-Lucarz, Malgorzata – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
Anxiety and L2 self-confidence have been suggested as vital determinants of willingness to communicate (WTC) in a foreign-language (FL) learning environment. Studies also demonstrate that it is a concern over pronunciation mistakes that is particularly likely to cause embarrassment and apprehension in FL students. Linking these two facts may lead…
Descriptors: Correlation, Pronunciation, Anxiety, Second Language Learning
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Cebrian, Juli; Carlet, Angelica – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study examined the effect of short-term high-variability phonetic training on the perception of English /b/, /v/, /d/, /ð/, /ae/, /? /, /i/, and /i/ by Catalan/Spanish bilinguals learning English as a foreign language. Sixteen English-major undergraduates were tested before and after undergoing a four-session perceptual training program…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Phonemes, Pronunciation Instruction, Phonetics
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Hardison, Debra M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
Research on the effectiveness of short-term study-abroad (SA) programs for improving oral skills has shown mixed results. In this study, 24 L2 German learners (L1 English) provided pre- and post-SA speech samples addressing a hypothetical situation and completed surveys on cross-cultural interest and adaptability; L2 communication affect,…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Oral Language
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Lacabex, Esther Gómez; Gallardo del Puerto, Francisco – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study investigated the effect of two distinct computer-based phonetic training procedures administered in an English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) classroom with young learners. Students' perceptual awareness of the occurrence of an English schwa in an unstressed position in content words was tested in two experimental groups, which underwent…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Auditory Perception, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Han, Huamei – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
Drawing from a larger ethnography of skilled Chinese immigrants' language learning during settlement in Toronto, this article explores the role of informal interactions in facilitating immigrants learning English as a second language and settlement. Examining various activities and networks available at an English-medium multicultural church, this…
Descriptors: Churches, Language of Instruction, Ethnography, Immigrants
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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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Kong, Stella – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This paper reports a qualitative case study of a collaborative project between an ESL researcher and a history teacher teaching in a late immersion school in Hong Kong. The project aims to help a Grade 9 class to write history essays on their own instead of copying from the textbook, which is a common phenomenon in Hong Kong schools. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing (Composition)
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Lundell, Fanny Forsberg; Lindqvist, Christina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
The present study investigates the possibilities for adult learners to attain nativelikeness in the domain of lexis. Aspects investigated are general lexical knowledge (C-test), receptive deep knowledge, productive collocation knowledge, and productive lexico-pragmatic knowledge in a group of long-residency Swedish French second language (L2)…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Phrase Structure, Native Speakers
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Edmonds, Amanda; Gudmestad, Aarnes – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
The current study sets out to investigate collocational knowledge for a set of 13 English amplifiers among native and nonnative speakers of English, by providing a partial replication of one of the projects reported on in Granger (1998). The project combines both phraseological and distributional approaches to research into formulaic language to…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, French, Native Language
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Ahmadian, Mohammad Javad; Tavakoli, Mansoor – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study used quantitative analyses complemented by the retrospective data obtained through a stimulated recall procedure to address three interrelated issues: (a) whether second language learners use online planning opportunities to carefully plan their speech to enhance the quality of the language they produce, (b) what kinds of self-repair…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grammar, Accuracy, Statistical Analysis
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Izquierdo, Jesús – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study examined multimedia instruction (MI) effects on the development of the French prototypical and non-prototypical past forms among Hispanophone learners. During 4 weeks of classroom instruction, participants were exposed to MI in one of 4 conditions: learners at early stages of past-tense development received MI including prototypical (n…
Descriptors: Multimedia Instruction, Second Language Instruction, French, Morphemes
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Gilliland, Betsy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2014
This study examines multilingual high school writers' individual talk with their teachers in two advanced English language development classes to observe how such talk shapes linguistically diverse adolescents' writing. Addressing adolescent writers' language socialization through microethnographic discourse analysis, the author argues that…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Academic Discourse, High School Students, English (Second Language)
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