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Wipf, Joseph A. – Modern Language Journal, 1984
As the emphasis on global education continues to grow, students and teachers who are serious about hearing a second language on a routine basis should consider the acquisition of a shortwave radio. Broadcasts, edited with care and used creatively, have the potential of filling learner needs at various levels of instruction. (SL)
Descriptors: Broadcast Reception Equipment, Creative Activities, Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication
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Fischer, Robert A. – Modern Language Journal, 1984
Describes a rating scale designed to provide a valid and practical evaluation instrument for testing communicative competence in French. Evidence from the application of this scale to actual test data and an analysis of its validation by means of native speaker judgments show that this method of evaluating student performance is effective. (SL)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), French, Interpersonal Communication, Language Tests
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Schulz, Renate A. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Discusses techniques for helping second language students develop strategies for dealing with unfamilar words and long sentences in second language texts. (EKN)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Research
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Helt, Richard C. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Presents a practical, flexible framework for teaching communicative competence. Examples of objectives, materials, activities, and testing procedures are from the first-year German courses at the University of Arizona but are largely applicable to foreign language instruction in general. (EKN)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Higher Education
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Littlewood, William T. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Suggests teaching methodology for second language teaching which helps learners acquire forms of linguistic system, link forms with meanings they communicate, and progress toward point where they can produce language forms while focusing on the meaning, not the forms themselves. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Language Processing, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Henderson, Ingeborg – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Discusses the development and implementation of a series of culture units for use in elementary German courses. Describes a typical unit, which consists of a set of slides with accompanying text, outlining presentation strategies and class activities. Finally, analyzes the results of a course evaluation by students. (MES)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Cultural Education, German, Higher Education
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Holmes, Glyn – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Discusses the reasons for growing disenchantment with the language laboratory and introduces a novel approach to advanced listening comprehension exercises based on recordings of professional entertainers. Analyzes the sketches as examples of authentic discourse, as illustrations of different speech registers and regional variants, and as vehicles…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Audiotape Recordings, Cultural Awareness, French
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Chastain, Kenneth – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Describes an experiment designed to determine which language errors interfere to the greatest degree with comprehension by native speakers of the language. For this purpose, an instructor prepared a list of most serious Spanish language errors which was submitted to native speakers for evaluation in terms of comprehension and acceptability. (MES)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Error Analysis (Language), Language Proficiency, Native Speakers
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Sugano, Marian Zwerling – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Explores special problems posed by idiomatic expressions for learners and teachers of second languages stressing need to integrate idioms into teaching. Presents program providing a classification of idiomatic expressions based on contrastive analysis of Spanish and English. (BK)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English, Idioms, Indo European Languages
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Reiss, Mary-Ann – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Discusses belief that foreign language teachers, with help and cooperation from better language learners, can help less successful students increase their competency. Teachers must take student personality and cognition variables into account. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Low Achievement
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Pilarcik, Marlene A. – Modern Language Journal, 1985
Describes a technique used in an English composition course to encourage student experimentation with different language choices. The students are given a Chinese poem, along with a romanized pronunciation and dictionary translation of each character. They are then instructed to write a few sentences in English conveying the poem's message. (SED)
Descriptors: Chinese, English Instruction, Higher Education, Poetry
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Hall, Robert A., Jr. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Discusses the meaning of the term "literature," surveying various definitions, and concentrating on the elements of "style" and "message". (AM)
Descriptors: Art, Definitions, Literary Styles, Literature
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Fischer, Robert A. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Presents a learning transfer principle, based on transfer theory and contrastive analysis, as a solution to the inductive-deductive controversy in second language teaching methodology. (AM)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Deduction, Grammar, Induction
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Walmsley, John B. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Reviews current foreign language teaching methodology as it concerns the organization of the lesson into phases, and presents an alternate phase-sequence entailing linguistic environment, application, remedial, monitor, and feedback phases. (AM)
Descriptors: Language Instruction, Learning Theories, Lesson Plans, Psycholinguistics
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Carton, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 1979
This article outlines the final lesson of a foreign language class based on the theme "Going Out," which provides a review of the entire course work and at the same time provides new vocabulary to the students. (CFM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, French, Language Instruction
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