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Csizér, Kata; Kontra, Edit H. – Modern Language Journal, 2020
The aim of this study was to investigate deaf and severely hard-of-hearing students' foreign language learning characteristics. In order to provide a better understanding of the challenges this group of learners face, a mixed methods study was designed including a questionnaire survey to provide generalizable results for our context and an…
Descriptors: Deafness, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Motivation
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Hwang, Haerim; Jung, Hyeyoung; Kim, Hyunwoo – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Learner corpus studies using syntactic complexity as a construct for characterizing learner proficiency have found that higher proficiency permits learners to produce more complex syntactic structures. However, the majority of previous studies have focused on writing, almost exclusively with adult second language (L2) learners. Given the…
Descriptors: Syntax, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Rassaei, Ehsan – Modern Language Journal, 2020
The present study investigated the effects of 2 forms of text-based second language (L2) vocabulary glosses, namely dynamic and nondynamic glosses on EFL learners' vocabulary knowledge. Dynamic glosses were operationalized as a set of incrementally ordered mediating annotations designed to help learners identify the correct word definition while…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Tavakoli, Parvaneh; Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo; Hunter, Ann-Marie – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Recent research in second language acquisition suggests that a number of speed, breakdown, repair, and composite measures reliably assess fluency and predict proficiency. However, there is little research evidence to indicate which measures best characterize fluency at each assessed level of proficiency and which can consistently distinguish one…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mendoza, Anna – Modern Language Journal, 2020
In volume 103 of "Modern Language Journal," Stephen May suggested that the "multilingual turn" has not fully delivered on its promises, pointing out second language acquisition (SLA) researchers' continued focus on parallel monolingualisms rather than on dynamic bi/multilingualism, the lack of theorization of historicity in…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Research
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Park, Hae In; Solon, Megan; Henderson, Carly; Dehghan-Chaleshtori, Marzieh – Modern Language Journal, 2020
While an elicited imitation test (EIT) has been widely used as a measure of oral proficiency in second language acquisition (SLA) research, it is still unclear the extent to which memory capacity impacts EIT performance. In light of this gap, the present study sought to clarify the nature of elicited imitation by examining the relative…
Descriptors: Imitation, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Suzuki, Yuichi; Nakata, Tatsuya; Dekeyser, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2020
In the coda chapter of the special issue on second language (L2) practice and cognitive psychology, we proposed a theoretical framework for optimizing and researching L2 practice (Suzuki, Nakata, & DeKeyser, 2019). Rogers and Leow's commentary (2020) raised three potential issues regarding this framework, and the present response article aims…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Cognitive Psychology, Learning Processes
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Wiener, Seth; Chan, Marjorie K. M.; Ito, Kiwako – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This study examines the putative benefits of explicit phonetic instruction, high variability phonetic training, and their effects on adult nonnative speakers' Mandarin tone productions. Monolingual first language (L1) English speakers (n = 80), intermediate second language (L2) Mandarin learners (n = 40), and L1 Mandarin speakers (n = 40) took…
Descriptors: Phonetics, English, Mandarin Chinese, Tone Languages
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Jin, Tan; Lu, Xiaofei; Ni, Jing – Modern Language Journal, 2020
An extensive body of research has investigated the role of syntactic complexity in gauging the linguistic complexity of reading texts, particularly for the purpose of determining their grade appropriateness. However, little such research has focused on adapted teaching materials for English as a foreign language (EFL) contexts, and to date there…
Descriptors: Syntax, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Materials
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Al Masaeed, Khaled – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Adopting a translanguaging perspective, this article examines interlocutors' orientations to, and use of, multidialectal and multilingual practices during second language (L2) Arabic conversations-for-learning beyond the classroom in a study abroad program. The study argues that participants' translanguaging practices challenge monolingual…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Semitic Languages, Study Abroad, Dialects
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Papi Mostafa; Hiver, Phil – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Research on language learning motivation has typically focused on the strength of different motives in isolation and often out of context. The present study aims to explore the applicability of one global framework of motivation to integrate different perspectives. We investigated how adaptive interactions between learners' motivations for value,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Context Effect
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Ortega, Lourdes – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The Douglas Fir Group (2016) sought to articulate a transdisciplinary agenda for SLA but said little about multilingualism specifically. Moreover, many multilinguals are under siege in a worrisome world where threats to human difference have risen to the mainstream in the aftermath of Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I argue that…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Justice
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Larsen-Freeman, Diane – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Agency has attracted considerable attention, especially of late. Nevertheless, perceptions of language learners as nonagentive persist. In this article the Douglas Fir Group's call for a transdisciplinary perspective is heeded in a Complex Dynamic Systems Theory's (CDST) conceptualization of agency. It is suggested that CDST maintains the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Ethics, Personal Autonomy, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ellis, Nick C. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Cognition is not just 'in the head'; it extends well beyond the skull and the skin. Non-Cartesian Cognitive Science views cognition as being embodied, environmentally embedded, enacted, encultured, and socially distributed. The Douglas Fir Group (2016) likewise recognizes languages as emergent, social, integrated phenomena. Language is the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Science, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Duff, Patricia A. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Social aspects of second language acquisition (SLA) and the contexts in which people attempt to learn and use languages and seek to become integrated within new and changing cultures have been examined for decades from various theoretical perspectives. In this article, I present some of the ways in which 'social' experience is being theorized in…
Descriptors: Social Influences, Second Language Learning, Context Effect, Cultural Influences
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