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Peltonen, Pauliina – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Many factors influencing second language (L2) speech fluency have been widely studied, but the effects of first language (L1) fluency on L2 speech fluency are still relatively poorly understood. In contrast to mostly quantitative previous studies, the present study adopted a mixed methods approach to examining the connections between L1 fluency…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Correlation
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Alderson, J. Charles; Nieminen, Lea; Huhta, Ari – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study investigated the cognitive (first language [L1] and foreign language [FL]), linguistic (L1 and FL), and motivational characteristics of weak FL readers in contrast to strong readers in 3 groups of L1 Finnish-speaking learners of English, aged 10, 14, and 17 years. This cross-sectional study covered a wide range of potential correlates,…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Scores
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Kaanta, Leila; Jauni, Heidi; Leppanen, Sirpa; Peuronen, Saija; Paakkinen, Terhi – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In line with recent Conversation Analytic work on language learning as situated practice, this article investigates how interactants can create language learning opportunities for themselves and others in and through social interaction. The study shows how the participants of "Big Brother Finland," a reality TV show, whose main…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)