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Cohen, Andrew D. – L2 Journal, 2018
This article highlights a series of areas deemed worthy of attention by L2 researchers. In some cases the research effort would entail following up on studies initiated some years ago and in other cases the effort would involve relatively new research thrusts. The article includes ideas about research regarding: (1) "pathways to success in…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Error Correction, Pragmatics
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Burns, Katharine E. – L2 Journal, 2018
The United States is one of the world's most populous Hispanophone countries, with over 35 million Spanish-speakers. In addition, Spanish is the most widely taught foreign language in the United States, with more students enrolled in Spanish at the higher-education level than in all other modern languages combined. How, then, is the United States'…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Variation
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Husbye, Nicholas; Dorner, Lisa M. – L2 Journal, 2017
One-way, or foreign language, immersion schools face unique challenges as they seek to support the literacy development of their students. This manuscript draws on sociocultural theories of literacy development and the concept of languaging, the process of using language to make meaning. Working with two classrooms over one semester, we asked:…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Immersion Programs, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Yang, Li – L2 Journal, 2017
This study investigated whether the effects of pragmatics instruction delivered via a self-access website in a Chinese as a foreign language learning environment vary according to learners' language proficiency. The website provided learners with explicit instruction in how to express gratitude appropriately in Chinese and offered them pragmatic…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Chinese, Web Sites, Pragmatics
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Mishima, Masakazu; Cheng, Lixia – L2 Journal, 2017
This pilot study explored the instructional value and potential of a computer-mediated shadowing activity for improving English as a Second Language (ESL) learners' speech intelligibility. Prospective International Teaching Assistants (ITAs), who were enrolled in an ESL classroom communication class at a large public university, completed a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Skills, Computer Uses in Education, Second Language Instruction
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Paesani, Kate – L2 Journal, 2017
In response to calls for curricular change in foreign language programs and institutional requirements to evaluate programmatic effectiveness, this article presents a backward design approach to the redesign of an introductory French curriculum grounded in the framing concept of cultural literacy. In addition, data from student evaluations,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Second Language Instruction, French, Cultural Literacy
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Tsai, Mei-Hsing – L2 Journal, 2017
Many synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) studies have been conducted on the nature of online interaction across a range of pragmatic issues. However, the detailed analyses of resistance to advice have received less attention. Using the methodology of conversation analysis (CA), the present study focuses on L2 peer review activities…
Descriptors: Synchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Second Language Learning, Peer Teaching
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Martin, Alexandra; Adrada-Rafael, Sergio – L2 Journal, 2017
The growing demand for Spanish for Specific Purposes (SSP) courses at universities in the United States in the last two decades (Klee, 2015) has brought to light the need for more theoretically driven research in this field, which can inform pedagogical decisions and materials design. The present study conceptually replicates Serafini and Torres…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Languages for Special Purposes, College Students
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Schwartz, Adam; Boovy, Bradley – L2 Journal, 2017
An interactive exhibit at a university's "World Language Day" challenges systems of privilege that organize the study of "foreign" and "world" languages. Through discursive framing, participants' written responses reveal an alignment with hegemonic ideologies of race and nation that elevate English monolingualism as a…
Descriptors: Monolingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English
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Sato, Shinji; Hasegawa, Atsushi; Kumagai, Yuri; Kamiyoshi, Uichi – L2 Journal, 2017
In this article, we seek to reconceptualize content-based instruction (CBI) curricula and practices from a critical perspective. Further, we propose developing criticality as an essential component of CBI, advocating for an approach we call critical content-based instruction (CCBI). While the importance of CBI has long been recognized, previous…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Jensen, Eric Carl – L2 Journal, 2017
Many contemporary second language (L2) instructional materials feature collocation exercises; however, few studies have verified their effectiveness (Boers, Demecheleer, Coxhead, & Webb, 2014) or whether these exercises can be utilized for target languages beyond English (Higueras García, 2017). This study addresses these issues by…
Descriptors: Spanish, Phrase Structure, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Shibahara, Rika – L2 Journal, 2017
This study examines Malaysian learners' reflections on the discourses of the Asia-Pacific War in Malaysia and Japan after engaging in "Memories of War" project. The project, which was implemented in an advanced Japanese-as-a-Foreign-Language (JFL) class at a Malaysian university, aimed to improve learners' ability to grasp power…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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Richardson, Diane – L2 Journal, 2017
Tolerance of ambiguity has been referred to as "the indispensable component of symbolic competence" (Kramsch, 2006, p. 251) and the recommendation was later made for college-level language instructors interested in emphasizing symbolic competence in their classrooms to "bring up every opportunity to show complexity and…
Descriptors: Ambiguity (Semantics), Second Language Instruction, Intercultural Communication, German
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Étienne, Corinne; Vanbaelen, Sylvie – L2 Journal, 2017
This study, conducted in a 300-level college French class with 15 students, builds on previous research on symbolic competence (Kramsch, 2009, 2011). Using a film scene and a "Semiotic Gap Activity," we examine how students construct meaning. What do students prioritize? What do they bring from their past symbolic representations? Are…
Descriptors: French, College Students, Second Language Instruction, Learning Processes
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Keneman, Margaret Lynn – L2 Journal, 2017
The study of foreign languages has historically been a cornerstone in higher education for a variety of very good reasons, one being that it will help students develop a sensitivity to diversity. This rationale is compelling in theory, but requires a practical approach for instruction that actually guides students towards such a learning outcome.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, French, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teaching Methods
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