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Joyce, Paul – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This paper investigates the effect of using L1 translations versus L2 definitions on the learning and testing of L2 vocabulary recognition knowledge. For this study, 48 Japanese L2 learners of English studied 200 lexical items from the academic word list (AWL) over a 10-week period. To support their learning, the participants were provided with…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Japanese, Translation, Definitions
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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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Ritzau, Ursula – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Taking a contextual approach to research on language learner beliefs, this longitudinal study of 49 Swiss university students learning Danish as a foreign language investigates how and why the participants change their beliefs over time. At the beginning of the three-semester language course, the participants believe that form-focussed approaches…
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Students, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes
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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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Ruegg, Rachael – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Literature from education, educational psychology and second language acquisition has consistently found that self-efficacy is a key factor leading to increased language learning success. Students with more self-efficacy are claimed to have higher motivation and to expend more effort in the learning process. On the other hand, those with less…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Ghavamnia, M.; Eslami-Rasekh, A.; Vahid Dastjerdi, H. – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This study investigates the relative effectiveness of four types of input-enhanced instruction on the development of Iranian EFL learners' production of pragmatically appropriate and grammatically accurate suggestions. Over a 16-week course, input delivered through video clips was enhanced differently in four intact classes: (1) metapragmatic…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Pretests Posttests
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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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Ducate, Lara; Steckenbiller, Christiane – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The questions of how to teach culture, which culture(s) to teach and how to lead students to intercultural competence and understanding are common questions for language teachers. The current project employed wikis to systematically integrate culture and authentic texts into beginning German courses at a large south-eastern university in the…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Lanvers, Ursula – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Exploring the popular explanation that the global spread of English may demotivate students with English as their first language to learn other languages, this study investigates relations between student motivation and perception of Global English and tests for differences between traditional "campus" and distance university students…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes
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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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Baleghizadeh, Sasan; Shahri, Mohammad Naseh Nasrollahi – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The study presents an investigation of the effect of strategic planning, online planning and rehearsal on the fluency, accuracy and complexity of oral productions at two proficiency levels. Forty EFL participants at low and intermediate levels performed picture story tasks in three different conditions: the online planning only condition,…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Statistical Analysis, Language Fluency, Accuracy
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Dlaska, Andrea; Krekeler, Christian – Language Learning Journal, 2017
It has been questioned whether students notice, act upon and, ultimately, learn from feedback if feedback about a task is received in conjunction with grades. If grades undermine feedback, it could be argued that it is a waste of teachers' time to add comments to students' written work if the students also receive grades. With reference to SLA…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Second Language Learning, Feedback (Response), Morphology (Languages)
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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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Montero, Lidia; Serrano, Raquel; Llanes, Àngels – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This study examines the effects of foreign language learning context (three-month study-abroad; versus "at-home" instruction) and age (10-11-year-old children versus university students) on the development of effective foreign language communication strategies (CS) in monologue production. Participants (N = 95) were all Spanish/Catalan…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Educational Environment, Study Abroad, Teaching Methods
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Lanvers, Ursula; Coleman, James A. – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Low levels of foreign language learning in the United Kingdom have been attributed to a lack of interest and motivation which, it is claimed, is partly fostered by the media. The present study examines 90 UK newspaper articles that contributed to the public debate on the language learning crisis in the UK between February 2010 and February 2012.…
Descriptors: Criticism, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, News Reporting
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