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Figueras, Neus; Kaftandjieva, Felianka; Takala, Sauli – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
The article addresses some problems and options in setting standards on language tests and examinations. More specifically, it reports on a set of three workshops conducted in the European context where standard setting in language education typically concerns linking tests and examinations to the Council of Europe's "Common European…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Cutting Scores, Academic Standards
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Hasselgreen, Angela – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
This article concerns the contribution that feedback makes to valid classroom assessment of the writing of young learners (YLs), defined here as approximately 9-13 years old. It shows that a scale of descriptors adapted from the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR; Council of Europe, 2001) can play a central role…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Classroom Techniques, Feedback (Response), Research Projects
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Préfontaine, Yvonne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
Recent literature in second language (L2) perceived fluency has focused on English as a second language, with a primary reliance on impressions from native-speaker judges, leaving learners' self-perceptions of speech production unexplored. This study investigates the relationship between learners' and judges' perceptions of French fluency under…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, French, Second Language Learning, Adult Learning
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Foster, Pauline; Skehan, Peter – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
The concept of focus on form has been influential in second language (L2) acquisition and pedagogy. One example of the implementation of focus on form is a post-task activity (e.g., anticipation of a public performance) that can selectively orient learners toward increased levels of accuracy. The present research proposes a new operationalization…
Descriptors: Accuracy, Difficulty Level, Language Fluency, Second Language Learning
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Edstrom, Anne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2013
There is considerable variation in the implementation of role-play activities in second language (L2)/foreign language (FL) classroom settings, and little information is available about how students actually manage them, particularly with regards to overcoming their L2 deficits. This study examines the preparation of role-plays by university…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Mendelson, Adam – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
This paper presents a case study of an individual student's increasing approximation of academic discourse during a third-semester Spanish class that included chat-based instruction. During both chat-based activities and oral discussions in class, the student's language use became increasingly characterized by longer turns and the use of…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Spanish, Case Studies, Second Language Learning
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Cunningham, D. Joseph; Vyatkina, Nina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
This study reports on the development of a professional spoken register among learners of German as they participate in four synchronous Web conferences with German-speaking professionals. The researchers investigated the effect of interaction with expert German speakers combined with an instructional intervention focusing on pragmatic competence…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, German, Verbs, Teaching Methods
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Webb, Stuart; Chang, Anna C-S. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
Previous research investigating the effects of unassisted and assisted repeated reading has primarily focused on how each approach may contribute to improvement in reading comprehension and fluency. Incidental learning of the form and meaning of unknown or partially known words encountered through assisted and unassisted repeated reading has yet…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Novices
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Harvey, Kevin; Brown, Brian – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
This study explores adolescents' accounts of self-harm with a view to elucidate the implications for health care practitioners seeking to administer care to teenagers in English. Drawing on a corpus of 1.6 million words from messages posted on a UK-hosted adolescent health Web site, analysis began by identifying a range of keywords relating to…
Descriptors: Addictive Behavior, Adolescents, Health Personnel, Foreign Countries
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Marshall, Steve; Hayashi, Hisako; Yeung, Paul – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
This article poses the following research question: How do multilingual students in higher education negotiate the "multi" in their multilingualism and multiliteracies? The article presents data from a qualitative study conducted with eight multilingual undergraduate university students in which the participants describe their complex…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Writing (Composition), Multilingualism, Foreign Countries
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Hu, Hsueh-chao Marcella; Nassaji, Hossein – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
In recent years the study of second language (L2) vocabulary learning through reading has attracted much attention in the field of L2 acquisition. A specific area that has received wide interest is the examination of the processes involved in deriving word meanings from context. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationships…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Inferences, Correlation
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Swanson, Peter – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
There is a shortage of second/foreign language (S/FL) teachers in many parts of the world and the attrition rates are startling. The present study, grounded in social cognitive theory, investigates Canadian and US teachers' (N = 1065) sense of efficacy in teaching languages as it relates to teacher attrition. Findings indicate that S/FL teachers…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Second Language Learning
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Dewey, Dan P.; Bown, Jennifer; Eggett, Dennis – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
This study examines the self-perceived speaking proficiency development of 204 learners of Japanese who studied abroad in Japan and analyzes connections between self-reported social network development, language use, and speaking development. Learners perceived that they gained the most in areas associated with the intermediate and advanced levels…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Foreign Countries, Japanese, Social Networks
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Serrano, Raquel; Tragant, Elsa; Llanes, Angels – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
The purpose of this study is to analyze the progress of 14 Spanish-speaking learners of English during a period abroad from a longitudinal perspective. Oral and written data were collected three times during an academic year at a British university. These samples were analyzed in terms of fluency, syntactic complexity, lexical richness, and…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Study Abroad
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Prasad, Gail – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012
Four out of five immigrants to Canada speak a language other than English or French as a first language. Immigration is increasingly transforming francophone minority communities. Allophone children acquire minority status on multiple levels within French-language schools, where they can become both a linguistic minority and a cultural minority…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Official Languages, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries
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