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Crichton, Hazel; Templeton, Brian; Valdera, Francisco – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Anxiety about "performing" in a foreign language in front of classmates may inhibit learners' contributions in the modern languages class through fear of embarrassment over possible error production. The issue of "face", perceived social standing in the eyes of others, presents a sensitive matter for young adolescents…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Self Concept, Adolescents, Anxiety
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Liviero, Sara – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This study investigates teachers' beliefs relating to grammar teaching in modern foreign language (MFL) learning in England. Focus on grammatical form has been consistently supported by linguistic research and teacher practice, and has progressively been reinstated in England's National Curriculum. However, MFL learning assessment in England has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Second Language Instruction
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Birketveit, Anna; Rimmereide, Hege Emma – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The case study investigates what impact extensive reading of authentic picture books/illustrated books had on the learners' writing skills in a Norwegian EFL (English as a foreign language) classroom of 11-year-olds. Furthermore, the study also looks into the importance the pictures/illustrations had for the learners and what type of picture-text…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Picture Books, Illustrations, Writing Instruction
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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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Schwartz, Ana Isabel; Mendoza, Laura; Meyer, Bonnie – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The goal of the present study was to examine the efficacy of learning a text structure strategy (TSS) for improving reading comprehension and recall for second language (L2) learners, as well as to test for transfer of the strategy to the native language (L1). University L2 learners of English completed a five-session course on using the TSS to…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bruen, Jennifer; Kelly, Niamh – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This paper considers the attitudes and behaviours of university language lecturers and their students regarding the use of the L1 in the higher education L2 classroom. A case study of one Irish higher education institution was carried out and qualitative interviews conducted with six lecturers in Japanese and six in German. The results indicated…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty
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Afshar, Hassan Soodmand; Movassagh, Hossein – Language Learning Journal, 2017
The study investigated the relationship among critical thinking, strategy use and university achievement. To this end, 76 English major students sat the California Critical Thinking Skills Test and filled out Oxford's Strategy Inventory for Language Learning. Participants' Grade Point Averages were regarded as their university achievement. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies
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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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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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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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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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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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Aslan, Erhan – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Employing the complex adaptive systems (CAS) model, the present case study provides a self-report description of the attitudes, perceptions and experiences of an advanced adult L2 English learner with respect to his L2 phonological attainment. CAS is predicated on the notion that an individual's cognitive processes are intricately related to his…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Adults, English (Second Language), Phonological Awareness
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