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Pinto dos Santos, Valeria Branco Moreira – Language Awareness, 1994
Examined the language awareness and attitudes of five Brazilian business professionals who used English as a Foreign Language (EFL), finding that the more exposed to sociocultural aspects of a language an EFL speaker was, the more he or she was able to perceive and talk about language as a whole. (16 references) (MDM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Business Communication, Business English
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Parke, Tim – Language Awareness, 1994
Explores the concept of language awareness (LA) in relation to the acquisition of two languages by young children, examining the bilingual development of two toddlers and factors that affect bilingual development and outcomes. Suggests that communicative intent, rather than traditional tests, is a key variable in determining how LA is to be…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Case Studies, Evaluation Methods, Influences
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Francis, Gill – Language Awareness, 1994
Discusses the advantages of the use of large natural language corpora in promoting grammatical awareness among language teachers and students, focusing on word classes and prescriptive approaches to language as they relate to Britain's National Curriculum at the elementary level. (13 references) (MDM)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Diagnostic Teaching, Elementary Education, English
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Frankel, M. A. – Language Awareness, 1994
Discusses recent trends in the language awareness (LA) movement among teachers and researchers: (1) concern with process instead of product; (2) the role and value of translation; (3) the role of teachers; (4) relationships between learning and thinking; (5) ways of developing LA among learners; and (6) the importance of teacher education in…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Language Attitudes, Language Research, Language Teachers
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Ellis, Rod – Language Awareness, 1995
Investigates the sincerity and validity of uptake as a measure of language learning by comparing the words students report they have learned after completing a listening task with the words they score correctly on a translation test. Results indicate that whereas uptake may have construct validity, its concurrent validity is uncertain. (16…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Kennedy, Chris – Language Awareness, 1995
Argues that awareness of the relationship between language and the sociocultural context in which it occurs is important for students and teachers. The article suggests that everyday, ephemeral texts can be easily collected and categorized according to genre for teaching and cross-cultural comparison. (19 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Hypothesis Testing, Instructional Materials, Language Usage
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McCarthy, John – Language Awareness, 1994
Examines second-language instruction at the primary school level in Ireland, where there is significant demand for instruction in languages other than the mandatory Irish and English. An argument is made for a language awareness approach to introduce students to a third language. (39 references) (MDM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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Salkie, Raphael – Language Awareness, 1994
Describes the bachelor of arts program in applied language at the University of Brighton, England, which combines second-language learning and linguistics. The limitations of the program as it was originally conceived are examined, as well as recent improvements. Course objectives, content, and teaching methods are discussed. (17 references) (MDM)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Course Content, Course Objectives, Course Organization
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Kowal, Maria; Swain, Merrill – Language Awareness, 1994
Examined the ability of Grade 8 intermediate and advanced learners of French to collaboratively complete a text reconstruction task, focusing on the students' discussion of the form of the message they were constructing. Results indicated that students gained awareness of gaps in their existing knowledge and links between the form, function, and…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, French, Grade 8
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Zyngier, Sonia – Language Awareness, 1994
Reassesses the role of literature in the curriculum, in light of recent debates over what to include in the literary canon. Proposes the emergence of a new discipline, Literary Awareness, and shows how it can be beneficial to students of English as a Foreign Language at the tertiary level. Contains references. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Higher Education
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Green, Peter S.; Hecht, Karlheinz – Language Awareness, 1993
The aims, content, and methods of language awareness in the German "Gymnasium" curriculum are presented and compared with other, especially English, models. Pupils' command of metalanguage is also reported, including results of a test to assess their level of language awareness and its relationship to linguistic competence. (29…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Language Processing
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Tobin, Yishai – Language Awareness, 1993
A semiotic approach explains why native speakers use alternative ways to express the same linguistic or communicative function without being aware of why they choose one form over the other. The explanation uncovers an aspect of language awareness not previously explored in traditional word and sentence-oriented approaches. (19 references)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Linguistic Theory, Metalinguistics
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Leets, Laura; Giles, Howard – Language Awareness, 1993
Drawing on sociopsychological theory and research on intergroup relations, it is argued that awareness should not necessarily lead to tolerance. An exploratory study of 253 American students showed only extremely modest and uncertain relationships between language awareness and tolerance. (37 references) (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Intergroup Relations, Language Skills
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Van der Walt, Christa – Language Awareness, 1997
Argues that critical awareness of the role of the emergent South African English is dependent upon (1) the acknowledgement of the first languages of learners to prevent loss or down-grading of first-language cultures, and (2) the development of techniques by which learners' first languages can be used more explicitly in classrooms where English is…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism, English (Second Language)
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Singy, Pascal; Guex, Patrice – Language Awareness, 1997
Reports on a preliminary stage of a project funded by the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland to gain insights into physician-patient communication regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and apply findings to their teaching programs. Particular focus is on aspects of communication relating to primary prevention of HIV and…
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, French
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