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Chen, Yi-chen – Language Learning Journal, 2019
The present study examines the effects of cognitive-based metaphoric mapping instruction (MMI) on English as Foreign Language (EFL) learners' retention and awareness of figurative language at different levels of English proficiency. Ninety-one Taiwanese EFL learners participated in the study, and were separated into a control group that received…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Uchihara, Takumi; Saito, Kazuya – Language Learning Journal, 2019
The current study investigated the extent to which L2 learners' productive vocabulary knowledge could predict multiple dimensions of spontaneous speech production. A total of 39 English as a foreign language (EFL) participants with varying L2 proficiency levels first completed a productive vocabulary knowledge task (Lex30). Their spontaneous…
Descriptors: Nouns, Phrase Structure, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Hofer, Barbara; Jessner, Ulrike – Language Learning Journal, 2019
The present study looks into the effects of early multilingual education by investigating linguistic knowledge and metalinguistic awareness in young learners at the primary level. The study aims to establish whether children in multilingual education programmes perform higher on a measure of metalinguistic awareness and with regards to their L1…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Metalinguistics
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Ashton, Karen – Language Learning Journal, 2019
This paper explores the approaches and strategies used by secondary school learners of different languages in England completing Asset Languages reading tasks at levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Assessments across languages at the same level of proficiency were designed to a common specification and at…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Secondary School Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Zhang, Dongbo; Lin, Chin-Hsi; Zhang, Yining; Choi, Yunjeong – Language Learning Journal, 2019
This study examined the impact of providing access to word pronunciation on the assessment of L2 Chinese learners' vocabulary knowledge. Chinese heritage learners (HLs) and foreign language learners (FLs) studying in American universities undertook a computer-based test in which they had first to select a picture that represented the meaning of a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Scores
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McLelland, Nicola – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This article provides an introduction, based on the most recent research available, to the history of language learning and teaching (HoLLT) in Britain. After an overview of the state of research, I consider which languages have been learnt, why and how that has changed; the role of teachers and tests in determining what was taught; changes in how…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Educational History
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Pauwels, Paul – Language Learning Journal, 2018
To date, research into vocabulary learning strategies has mainly made use of questionnaires about studying preferences in general or of interviews following a specific study task, focusing on finding out which strategies were most popular. The present investigation attempts to provide more insight into the effects of the parameters of timing and…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Pizziconi, Barbara – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This article reports the results of a study of vocabulary development by learners of Japanese during a year abroad in Japan. The particular feature of this study is that it compares the performance of two cohorts, studying at the same UK university and in degrees in Japanese in which the period of study abroad (SA) is undertaken at different…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Study Abroad, Japanese
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Andria, Maria; Serrano, Raquel – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of first language thinking-for-speaking patterns on the acquisition of Greek as a second language (L2), as well as to determine whether proficiency level and stays in the target-language country have an effect on such influence. The participants (N = 50) were Spanish/Catalan learners of…
Descriptors: Greek, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Decision Making
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Nguyen, Minh Thi Thuy – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Data collection methods constitute a major area of concern in interlanguage pragmatics (ILP) research, since there is no easy way to collect the type of data that is relatively 'naturalistic' while at the same time allowing for researcher control. Further, current ILP research also suffers from the shortage of studies making use of self-report…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Wei, Wei – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The use of integrated skills tasks in language tests has been debated for many years and international English test developers such as Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Pearson Tests of English (PTE) already use such tests to assess English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' language proficiency. Empirical research has rarely investigated…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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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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Soodmand Afshar, Hassan; Movassagh, Hossein; Radi Arbabi, Hassan – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This study investigated the relationship between critical thinking and the writing ability of Iranian EFL learners, and the interrelationship among the subskills of the two constructs. Furthermore, it aimed at finding which skills of critical thinking predicted the participants' writing ability. To this end, 104 students majoring in English…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Essays, Persuasive Discourse
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Llanes, Àngels; Serrano, Raquel – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Given the growing importance of English as a lingua franca, this study examines which context (classroom instruction in the students' home country vs. studying abroad in an English-speaking country) better facilitates the acquisition of English by learners of different ages: children, adolescents and adults. Participants (N = 197) completed…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Oral Language, Written Language
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Llanes, Àngels; Arnó, Elisabet; Mancho-Barés, Guzman – Language Learning Journal, 2016
There is a lack of research on the impact of study abroad (SA) on the development of L2 English when students study in non-anglophone countries. The aim of the present study is to fill this gap by examining 39 Catalan/Spanish students who, as part of an Erasmus exchange, spent a term at universities in non-English-speaking European countries. In…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Study Abroad, Student Mobility
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