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Chambers, Gary – Language Learning Journal, 2019
Modern foreign languages (MFL) are now established on the timetable of English primary schools. This study accesses the views of the pupils on the experience of learning this relatively new subject and of making the transition to secondary school languages classes. By means of semi-structured interviews with the same sample of 18 pupils in Year 6…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Students
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González-Becerra, Iria – Language Learning Journal, 2019
This cross-sectional study provides a language learning motivational profile of undergraduates from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees taking language IWLP courses (language options open to all undergraduates) in a UK institution. Trends were generated through a questionnaire (363 participants) using self-determination…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Second Language Learning, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students
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Wilhelm, Frans – Language Learning Journal, 2018
The Netherlands are quite unique in that the Dutch have always learned various foreign languages. Until 1940, French was the most important foreign language. Between roughly 1870 and 1970, Dutch learners in grammar schools and higher secondary schools were even obliged to learn three foreign languages: French, German and English. Since 1970,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Educational History
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Schröder, Konrad – Language Learning Journal, 2018
The paper gives an overview of FLT in the German-speaking regions of Europe from medieval times to the present day, within a framework of language politics, communicative needs and educational ideologies. The languages addressed are French, Italian, Spanish, English, Russian and Turkish. Basic social and professional data of the various groups of…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Educational History
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Hijazo-Gascón, Alberto – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This article explores the second language acquisition of motion events, with particular regard to cross-linguistic influence between first and second languages. Oral narratives in Spanish as a second language by native speakers of French, German and Italian are compared, together with narratives by native Spanish speakers. Previous analysis on the…
Descriptors: French, German, Spanish, Italian
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Wingate, Ursula – Language Learning Journal, 2018
The number of pupils learning modern foreign languages (MFLs) beyond the age of 14 has fallen substantially over the last decade. Among other reasons, shortcomings in teaching methodology have been blamed for this situation. The methodology has been accused of applying the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach in a selective way and not…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Rolin-Ianziti, Jeanne Claire; Ord, Carl – Language Learning Journal, 2018
The use of the Initiation-Response-Evaluation (IRE) sequence is common in education and, although classroom research does not preclude its practice in pedagogy, it recommends introducing other forms of talk into teaching. The present study, inspired by Task-Based Language Teaching research on learner language, uses Conversation Analysis to explore…
Descriptors: French, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Woore, Robert – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Phonological decoding, defined here as converting the written forms of words (or letter strings) into the phonological forms they represent, has been argued to play an important role in various aspects of L2 learning. Previous studies have emphasised the importance of transfer in L2 decoding, interpretable as the automatic triggering of L1-based…
Descriptors: Phonology, French, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning
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Turner, Marianne – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Language teachers are positioned differently depending on whether they are L1 or L2 speakers of the target language. In this article I suggest that, in language teacher education, it can be useful to think explicitly about this positioning as it pertains to both languages rather than just one. I propose a relational two-language continuum based on…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Native Language
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Mutta, Maarit; Johansson, Marjut – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Verbal protocols are usually used to study cognitive processes involved in various activities, as it is argued that they could make implicit processes of thinking visible and thus reportable. Here, it is proposed that verbalisations can also be approached from another angle, namely as a discourse that contains linguistic markers of writers'…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Cognitive Processes
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Forbes, Karen; Fisher, Linda – Language Learning Journal, 2018
In an increasingly multilingual world, the question of how to improve foreign language speaking skills of pupils in British schools is of paramount importance to language teachers and policy-makers today. This paper examines how an explicit focus on metacognitive strategy use within secondary school foreign language lessons impacts pupils'…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Secondary School Students, Language Proficiency, Oral Language
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Macaro, Ernesto – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This study of vocabulary comprehension strategies (VCS) is framed by the debate on L2-only instruction in the second or foreign language (L2) classroom where the teacher shares the first language (L1) of the students. Research has shown that some teachers switch to the L1 to explain lexical items while others try to explain them through L2…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies
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Gruber, Alice; Tonkyn, Alan – Language Learning Journal, 2017
It is widely assumed that the British are poorer modern foreign language (MFL) learners than their fellow Europeans. Motivation has often been seen as the main cause of this perceived disparity in language learning success. However, there have also been suggestions that curricular and pedagogical factors may play a part. This article reports a…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, French, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hennebry, Mairin; Rogers, Vivienne; Macaro, Ernesto; Murphy, Victoria – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This paper reports a study comparing the effects of vocabulary instruction on recognition and recall through provision of either an L1 equivalent or an L2 (French) definition. Instruction was in the context of a focus-on-meaning listening activity. The study employed a quasi-experimental design, involving 262 Year 9 learners of French in seven…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, French
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Henry, Alastair – Language Learning Journal, 2017
In order to reinstate interest and motivation for learning foreign languages (FLs) other than English, the Swedish government has recently reformed the system for admission to higher education. Upper secondary students who continue with the FL learnt in secondary school are rewarded with extra credits that considerably enhance their grade point…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, French, Grade Point Average
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