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Vyn, Reuben; Wesely, Pamela M.; Neubauer, Diane – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
While a growing body of research has addressed the outcomes of K-12 foreign language (FL) study, relatively little is known about the relationship between teachers' practices and students' proficiency development (Hlas & Hlas, [Hlas, A. C., 2012]; Tschirner & Malone, [Tschirner, E., 2012]). To fill this gap, the current study, set in a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, School Districts
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Huensch, Amanda – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study combined evidence from survey, interview, and classroom observation data to better understand the amount and type of pronunciation instruction and corrective feedback practices in French and Spanish introductory language courses (i.e., the first four semesters) at the university level in the United States. Data consisted of responses (n…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Pronunciation, Error Correction, Feedback (Response)
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Sturm, Jessica L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
A body of previous work in second- and foreign language pronunciation instruction (e.g., Lord, 2005; Miller, 2012) has shown that explicit phonetic and pronunciation instruction is beneficial. However, Olson (2014) noted that just a few minutes per week of instruction are devoted to pronunciation in most classrooms. What is the effect of such…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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García, Paul A.; Moser, Kelly M.; Davis-Wiley, Patricia – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study reports the findings of a national survey on PreK-12 world language teacher development (WLTD), and was conducted in order to assist the profession as simultaneously it confronts the intersecting challenges of a nationwide world language (WL) teacher shortage, strives to meet new teacher preparation standards, and ensures the future of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Education
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Porto, Melina – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This article explores the intercultural and citizenship dimensions of foreign language teaching and discusses, in particular, the implications for foreign language teaching and teacher education. The work (1) extends the fundamental concepts that were developed by Byram and Wagner (2018) in this journal--that foreign language education has…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Education
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Spring, Ryan; Kato, Fumie; Mori, Chikako – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
Computer-mediated, communication-based foreign language learning programs are showing great promise. Among these, video-synchronous mediated communication seems to offer an effective way to provide speaking practice, although research findings have been inconclusive. Furthermore, among studies that have documented the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Peker, Hilal; Regalla, Michele; Cox, Thomas D. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Studies have documented the contribution of vocabulary knowledge in second language acquisition and have shown the benefits of repetition, creating context, and the use of multimodal instruction across visual and verbal modalities. This study examined instructional strategies used to teach French vocabulary in an inclusive, prekindergarten foreign…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Learner Engagement, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Dracos, Melisa; Henry, Nick – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
The acquisition of verbal morphology presents challenges for many second language (L2) learners, in part because they do not readily process those forms during sentence comprehension. Instead, L2 learners rely on lexical-semantic cues (e.g., temporal adverbs and explicit subjects). This study investigated the role of task-essential training in…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Language Processing, Spanish, Second Language Learning
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Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Claudia H.; Hernández Muñoz, Natividad – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article investigated the development of morphological awareness (MA) across three groups of students of Spanish as a second language (SSL) with different levels of proficiency. Four morphological assessment tasks on relational knowledge were designed in a simultaneous cross-sectional study that differed in two dimensions: complexity level…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Fernández, Julieta – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This study investigates the instructional treatment of Argentine Spanish vernacular (i.e., "lunfardo"), metapragmatic information about its use provided by instructors, and participants' metapragmatic awareness of vernacular use in a second language (L2) Spanish study abroad (SA) classroom. The participants were 12 American undergraduate…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Metalinguistics, Pragmatics, Second Language Learning
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Sparks, Richard L.; Patton, Jon; Luebbers, Julie – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Second language (L2) educators have proposed a unique anxiety for general L2 learning and an anxiety specific to L2 reading. Since the early 1990s, the L2 anxiety concept has been challenged on theoretical and empirical grounds. In this investigation, U.S. high school L2 learners were administered the Foreign Language Reading Anxiety Scale (FLRAS)…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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Hannouchi, Said – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This study explored the expectations that Moroccan native speakers (n = 57) and beginning-level learners of Arabic (n = 38) held of one another regarding conformity to Moroccan cultural norms. Questionnaires and interviews were used to unpack two assumptions that shape pedagogical practices: (1) that native speakers (NSs) expect nonnative speakers…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Semitic Languages, Native Speakers, Language Variation
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Gatti, Alberta; O'Neill, Teresa – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article describes what Intermediate and Advanced heritage language learners of Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Spanish can do when writing in their heritage language, and what prevents these writers from performing at the next proficiency level. One hundred eighty-seven samples were collected using the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test. Each…
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Language Proficiency
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Ducar, Cynthia; Schocket, Deborah Houk – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article addresses a key pedagogical issue of our time: the widespread yet generally unwelcome presence of machine translation (MT) in the language classroom. Studies have repeatedly shown that L2 students consult the most widely used translation tool, Google Translate (GT), in spite of the fact that its use is frowned upon by second language…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Azaz, Mahmoud – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
The acquisition of morphosyntax presents challenges for learners of all second/foreign languages. This cross-sectional study investigated English-speaking learners' morphosyntactic accuracy in the symmetrical subject-verb agreement type (in subject-initial sentences) and in the asymmetrical subject-verb agreement type (in verb-initial sentences)…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Syntax, Accuracy, Second Language Learning
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