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Kato, Fumie; Spring, Ryan; Mori, Chikako – Foreign Language Annals, 2016
Providing learners of a foreign language with meaningful opportunities for interactions, specifically with native speakers, is especially challenging for instructors. One way to overcome this obstacle is through video-synchronous computer-mediated communication tools such as Skype software. This study reports quantitative and qualitative data from…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication, Second Language Learning, Videoconferencing
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Mori, Yoshiko; Calder, Toshiko M. – Foreign Language Annals, 2015
This study investigates the role of motivation and learner variables in bilingual vocabulary development among first language (L1) Japanese students attending hoshuukoo (i.e., supplementary academic schools for Japanese-speaking children) in the United States. One hundred sixteen high school students ages 15-18 from eight hoshuukoo completed…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Japanese, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language)
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Isabelli-Garcia, Christina – Foreign Language Annals, 2010
The goal of this study is to describe the acquisition rate for gender acquisition in Spanish and to show whether individual variability and language contact may affect this rate. The participants were intermediate second language Spanish (first language English) learners in the study abroad and at-home contexts over a 4-month period. The…
Descriptors: Nouns, Social Behavior, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar
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Elola, Idoia; Oskoz, Ana – Foreign Language Annals, 2008
An essential instructional goal in foreign language education is the enhancement of students' intercultural competence. This article reports on a study that examined how intercultural competence developed between study abroad and at home students (in Spain and the United States, respectively) who used blogs as a mediating tool over the course of a…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Second Language Learning, Guidelines
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Villa, Daniel J. – Foreign Language Annals, 2002
Discusses national linguistic tensions related to the increasing number of Spanish speakers in the United States. Focuses on a group of language scholars who are engaging in efforts to change or suppress the use of U.S. Spanish, particularly in the domain of Spanish. Asserts that the arguments put forth by this group are based on attitudes of the…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Language Variation, Nonstandard Dialects
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Rogers, Carmen Villegas; Medley, Frank W., Jr. – Foreign Language Annals, 2001
Suggests ways that authentic speech for Spanish-language broadcasts intended for Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States can be used in the classroom to present not only idealized speech of the so called "educated native speaker," but also dynamic and current models of interlocutors from many nations, interacting effectively as…
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Classroom Techniques, Language Variation, Native Speakers
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Jogan, M. Karen; Heredia H., Ana; Aguilera M., Gladys – Foreign Language Annals, 2001
Describes a cross-cultural e-mail exchange that provided students in the United States and Chile with an ongoing source of authentic cultural input from the target country. The exchange was organized between a class of U.S. college students of advanced Spanish conversation and composition and a class of Chilean university students of advanced…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, College Students, Cultural Awareness, Electronic Mail
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Lalande, John F., II – Foreign Language Annals, 1998
Traces the path taken by modern languages into the American college/university curriculum. Begins with the colonial era and concludes with the World War I era. Arguments for and against the teaching of modern languages are identified, and the unique relationship enjoyed between modern languages and a liberal arts education is discussed.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational History, Higher Education, Liberal Arts
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Milleret, Margo – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
The 15-year history of research and application in cooperative learning in primary and middle schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel is described. A specific application is discussed of some cooperative learning structures in a postsecondary foreign language classroom. (12 references) (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Group Discussion
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Ito, Yuri – Foreign Language Annals, 1996
Presents the results of a survey on the use of video materials at high school and college levels that was carried out to contribute a better communication between the two levels in Japanese-language education in the United States. Questions asked were, What kinds of videos are used at college and high school levels? and, What are the purposes of…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, High Schools, Higher Education
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Hopkins, William – Foreign Language Annals, 1992
Argues that the acquisition of foreign languages by U.S. students must be established as a national priority to secure the linguistic capabilities necessary to help shape and participate in the future of the shrinking, yet increasingly complex international community. (CB)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Educational Objectives, English, Ethnocentrism
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Fortune, Tara; Jorstad, Helen L. – Foreign Language Annals, 1996
Identifies key components of U.S. Language immersion programs and offers a description of existing partial and full immersion schools. The survey parallels information-gathering efforts in Canada and Europe by providing details and summaries of demographic information, teachers, materials, target language proficiency and use, program structure and…
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, English Teachers
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Wieczorek, Joseph A. – Foreign Language Annals, 1994
Suggests that linguistic and cultural aspects of francophone countries other than just France are necessary for a well-rounded perspective of French as a second language spoken over a large geographic area and by a diverse population. This study looks at 12 textbooks and additional language learning materials chosen to represent various authors,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, French, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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Simon, Paul – Foreign Language Annals, 1980
The deficit of second language speakers in the United States is felt: (1) politically, where a need for speaking the other country's language is not met; (2) economically, evident in the United States trade deficit; and (3) socially, where feelings of nationality and superiority may endanger foreign relations. (PJM)
Descriptors: Economics, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Language Attitudes