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Starks, Donna; Lee, Jeong – Language Awareness, 2010
The self-report questionnaire has served as the primary tool for investigating language maintenance in hundreds of communities over the past 40 years. More recently, it has been employed to investigate language shift amongst first-generation communities where one of the most useful indicators of generational change is the reported pattern of…
Descriptors: Language Research, Language Maintenance, Multilingualism, Ethnography
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Svalberg, Agneta Marie-Louise – Language Awareness, 2009
In "Language awareness and language learning" (Svalberg, 2007) I concluded that the otherwise diverse and multidisciplinary field of language awareness (LA) is given coherence by its focus on engagement with language. I argued that LA is seen as active and not merely as a state of conscious awareness or sensitivity. This paper goes one step…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Interviews
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Chiu, Chia-Hui – Language Awareness, 2009
This study investigates ESL learners' semantic awareness of English words by attempting to estimate a threshold beyond which ESL learners can be said to have reached native-like semantic knowledge. The "Vocabulary Levels Test," originally designed by Nation (1990) and later revised and expanded by Schmitt (2000), was used to operationalise this…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Semantics, Vocabulary, Researchers
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Bell, Phillipa K.; Collins, Laura – Language Awareness, 2009
Research has shown that second language (L2) learners that become aware of linguistic features during grammar-based tasks are better able to process these features on a posttest compared to learners that do not focus on these features. However, much L2 input does not come in the form of grammar-based tasks. This study investigates whether learners…
Descriptors: Nouns, Protocol Analysis, Metalinguistics, Incidental Learning
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Deutschmann, Mats; Panichi, Luisa – Language Awareness, 2009
In this study, we compare the first and the last sessions from an online oral proficiency course aimed at doctoral students conducted in the virtual world Second Life. The study attempts to identify how supportive moves made by the teacher encourage learners to engage with language, and what type of linguistic behaviour in the learners leads to…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Internet
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LaFond, Larry; Dogancay-Aktuna, Seran – Language Awareness, 2009
This paper reports on a study of 61 students and alumni of graduate programmes that specialise in training English language teachers. The goal was to examine the views of these students and alumni regarding the importance and/or relevance of linguistic theory for their pedagogical practice and to determine whether differences in perceptions were…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Theory Practice Relationship, Alumni, Teaching Experience
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Lam, Yvonne – Language Awareness, 2009
L2 prepositions are traditionally taught in a non-explanatory manner by having students learn each use individually. This study examines the effectiveness of an alternative explanatory approach based on cognitive linguistics, which considers the multiple uses of a preposition as related. Consequently, learners can be shown a general schema that…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Writing (Composition), Form Classes (Languages), Linguistics
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Toyoda, Etsuko; Scrimgeour, Andrew – Language Awareness, 2009
Regardless of the script, in the process of learning to read words, readers develop awareness of the structural and functional properties of words with increased exposure to the script. However, as sub-word units that are critical for phonological or morphological processing or both are not uniform, the types of the awareness may vary from script…
Descriptors: Phonology, Morphology (Languages), Romanization, Word Recognition
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Zyzik, Eve – Language Awareness, 2009
This study investigates learners' knowledge of word classes (i.e. noun, verb, adjective) in their second language (L2). Although some L2 studies have examined the problem of word class indirectly through a focus on vocabulary and the teaching of derivational morphology (Morin, 2003, 2006; Schmitt & Zimmerman, 2002), little is known about learners'…
Descriptors: Cues, Semantics, Verbs, Nouns
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Barcroft, Joe – Language Awareness, 2009
This study was designed to identify strategies used during intentional vocabulary learning and to assess the relationship between strategy use and vocabulary learning performance. English-speaking students of Spanish studied new Spanish words while viewing word-picture pairs. The participants then completed posttests and answered questions about…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Scores
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Roehr, Karen; Ganem-Gutierrez, Gabriela Adela – Language Awareness, 2009
This study investigated second language metalinguistic knowledge, or explicit knowledge about the second language, in English-speaking university-level learners of German and Spanish. The status of metalinguistic knowledge in relation to the individual difference variables of language-learning aptitude, working memory for language, and…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Individual Differences, Short Term Memory, Learning Experience
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Zhou, Ally A. – Language Awareness, 2009
Linguistic accuracy plays an important role in the quality of written texts, yet the explicit teaching of linguistic form--particularly grammar--for the purpose of improving learners' writing has generated an ongoing debate. Furthermore, students' voices about their learning are often ignored because they are perceived as not knowing what they…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Learning Problems, Grammar, Interviews
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2009
Two hundred and ninety-six English majors at universities in Poland, Austria and Hong Kong were given a 50-item questionnaire designed to evaluate their knowledge of grammatical terminology. The main aim was to identify whether the three populations were subject to differing "terminological cultures". This was found to be substantially…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Foreign Countries
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Rosstad, Rune – Language Awareness, 2009
Non-linguists' perceptions of language in use are generally considered to be strongly influenced by evaluative factors: attitudes, values and ideology. Such a perspective represents a somewhat biased approach to ordinary people's knowledge about language, which is characteristic of both sociolinguistics and its sub-branch, perceptual dialectology.…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Metalinguistics, Interviews, Norwegian
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Pahissa, Isabel; Tragant, Elsa – Language Awareness, 2009
This study describes the grammar-related behaviours of three experienced non-native teachers of English working in state secondary schools in Catalonia and investigates what beliefs may explain, from the teachers' point of view, these behaviours; it also examines what factors in their turn determine these beliefs. The results uncover three…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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