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Byram, Michael – Language Learning Journal, 2012
In the editorial of "The Language Learning Journal" of July 2011, readers' attention is drawn to the decline in language teaching and learning in British schools and universities, and to the attempt of the British Academy to promote language teaching against this decline. The British Academy paper makes seven recommendations of which the…
Descriptors: North Americans, English (Second Language), Role, Second Language Learning
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Walker, Ute; Haddon, Rosemary – Language Learning Journal, 2011
This article reports on a collaborative research project which involved first-year distance learners of Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at a New Zealand university. Drawing on the principles of Allwright's exploratory practice, the study aimed to gain an insight into the learners' experiences and conceptualisations in terms of their…
Descriptors: Role Models, Independent Study, Student Attitudes, Quality of Life
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Parmegiani, Andrea – Language Learning Journal, 2010
The notion that language is not simply a politically neutral medium of communication, but a social practice that determines power relations and shapes subjectivity has become widely accepted in critical language and literacy studies. Within any socio-linguistic community, certain ways of using language are considered "proper,"…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Language Usage
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Balfour, Robert J. – Language Learning Journal, 2010
What emerges repeatedly in research regarding language choice in South Africa is that people negotiate culture, face and identity through more than one language, and balance the need for modernity and the value of tradition, together with awareness that multiculturalism is normative in South Africa. South African scholarship focusing on…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Language Skill Attrition, Higher Education, Language Planning
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Kinginger, Celeste – Language Learning Journal, 2007
The Languages Review Consultation Report recommends exploiting the potential of communications technology for the enhancement of curricular offerings. Newly developed instructional software is credited with opening doors to the cultures of young people while serving as an infinitely patient and supportive tutor. Thus, in the UK as in the US,…
Descriptors: Courseware, Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Second Language Instruction
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Evans, Michael J. – Language Learning Journal, 2007
Looked at from a certain distance, the "Languages Review" (Dearing & King, 2007) was seen by some in the foreign language (FL) education community, when it first came out, as a major disappointment because the authors had decided not to opt for the one measure that would reverse the falling numbers of students studying a foreign…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Second Language Learning, Enrollment, Foreign Countries
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Haezewindt, Bernard – Language Learning Journal, 2006
Language teaching has traditionally been a task for teachers to teach vocabulary items and grammatical rules and to explain to students how a foreign language works in reference to their mother tongue. For a long time, language teaching was a means to the end of understanding a written culture. This had two practical corollaries: to grade the…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Vocabulary, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Rammell, Bill – Language Learning Journal, 2006
This article presents the author's speech for the languages leader event on September 21, 2005. This speech focuses on the importance of learning languages, and in particular, the role that the Higher Education sector can play in making a reality of the Department's National Languages Strategy. In his speech, the author describes how UK fares…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Second Languages, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Broady, Elspeth – Language Learning Journal, 2005
In this article, the author critiques six articles. Five of the six articles are about motivation in language learning, an area which has seen considerable theoretical and empirical development over the last decade. The articles she reviews include: (1) Udo Jung's report on the top twelve "most prestigious FLT (foreign language teaching) journals"…
Descriptors: Incentives, Learning Motivation, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Hawkins, Eric – Language Learning Journal, 2005
The assumption that the "purpose" of school foreign language teaching is to serve "instrumental" ends may largely underlie the present adolescent dropout. In this article the author proposes a two-stage foreign language apprenticeship. A two-stage apprenticeship would include a carefully planned diagnostic element, preparing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Dropouts, Apprenticeships, Second Language Instruction
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Klapper, John – Language Learning Journal, 1998
Considers various theoretical and practical issues in language teaching that could help bridge the current methodological divide and proposes several reforms to the way that languages are currently taught in secondary schools and higher education. The paper emphasizes contemporary approaches to grammar, use of the first and second language in the…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Grammar, Higher Education
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Smith, David – Language Learning Journal, 1997
Argues that pupils in the second language classroom should be encouraged to respond to questions for personal information truthfully and that certain aspects of existing teaching practice encouraging the opposite should be scrutinized. Focuses on the objections to this premise and outlines reasons for seeking truthful student responses. (CK)
Descriptors: Moral Development, Moral Values, Questioning Techniques, Second Language Instruction
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Poulou, Sofia – Language Learning Journal, 1997
Examines differences in the discourse roles of men and women in dialogs of textbooks for teaching Greek as a foreign language to adults. Focuses on whether such sexist differences can affect negatively the pedagogical value and goals of textbook dialogs. (22 references) (CK)
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Dialogs (Language), Discourse Analysis, Females
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Atkinson, David; And Others – Language Learning Journal, 1995
Focuses on beginner foreign-language classes at the university level with the goal of identifying the types of learners who participate in "languages for all" programs and how their needs can best be addressed during the first weeks of the course. Students' initial learning needs to be compensated by the development of various kinds of awareness…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Context Effect, Higher Education, Introductory Courses
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Heafford, Michael – Language Learning Journal, 1995
Presents a critical overview of several Greek textbooks and courses on the basis of 11 factors: textbook aims, methodological guidance, tape and book, language skills, relevant language, information about language, contextual information, language of negotiation, vocabulary layout, motivation, memory, and others. (CK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Evaluation, Greek, Instructional Materials
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