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Ardasheva, Yuliya; Tretter, Thomas R. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
As the school-aged English language learner (ELL) population continues to grow in the United States and other English-speaking countries, psychometrically sound instruments to measure their language learning strategies (LLS) become ever more critical. This study adapted and validated an adult-oriented measure of LLS (50-item "Strategy…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies, Measures (Individuals)
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Busse, Vera; Walter, Catherine – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article reports on a study involving first-year modern foreign languages students enrolled in German degree courses at two major universities in the United Kingdom. It explores the experience of these students from a motivational angle. A longitudinal mixed-methods approach was employed in order to address the time- and context-sensitive…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Longitudinal Studies, German
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Winke, Paula – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In this study I examine the construct of aptitude in learning Chinese as a second language (L2) to an advanced level. I test 2 hypotheses: first, that L2 aptitude comprises 4 components--working memory, rote memory, grammatical sensitivity, and phonemic coding ability--and second, that L2 aptitude affects learning both directly and indirectly…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Short Term Memory, Language Aptitude
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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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Davis, James N.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1992
Student attitudes toward the study of literature in a foreign language were examined, based on a survey of introduction to literature courses in French and Spanish. Most students revealed positive attitudes. A review of previous research and the survey instrument are included. (38 references) (LB)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, French, Higher Education, Literature Appreciation
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Raymond, Patricia Mary – Modern Language Journal, 1993
The question of whether French-as-a-second-language reading can be facilitated by teaching some organizational patterns of discourse was investigated. It was concluded that strategic training is highly complex and difficult and that cumulative evidence is required to assess its usefulness in improving reading recall. (Contains 41 references.) (LB)
Descriptors: Expository Writing, French, Language Tests, Reading Comprehension
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Koda, Keiko – Modern Language Journal, 1993
The application of language processing skills between 2 languages with dissimilar morphosyntactic features was investigated with 72 American university students learning Japanese. Results suggest that learners' first- and second-language knowledge both play a significant role and that the linguistic knowledge and coding capability for text…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), English, Japanese, Language Processing
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Harlow, Linda L; Muyskens, Judith A. – Modern Language Journal, 1994
Priority goals and objectives of 1,373 intermediate-level college students of French and Spanish and their instructors were examined. Results show students' goal priorities to be related to oral/aural skills of speaking, listening, and pronunciation; instructors ranked speaking high but pronunciation low. The survey instrument is appended.…
Descriptors: College Students, French, Higher Education, Language Skills
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Herron, Carol – Modern Language Journal, 1994
Using 38 beginning-level university students of French, this study confirmed that student listening comprehension of a foreign language video would be facilitated by the use of an advance organizer consisting of several short sentences, written in French, that summarized chronologically the events in the video. Sample test items and answers are…
Descriptors: Advance Organizers, College Students, French, Higher Education
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Fryer, T. Bruce; Day, James T. – Modern Language Journal, 1993
An established preintern language program, the interdisciplinary Master's in International Business Studies at the University of South Carolina, is described. Graduate survey results suggest the importance of the internships but also some need to link culture studies more closely with language studies. The questionnaire is appended. (25…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Cultural Awareness, Education Work Relationship, Field Experience Programs
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Schinke-Llano, Linda; Vicars, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 1993
In a study of learners' levels of comfort with language activity types allowing differing degrees of interaction, 110 first-year college students of French, Spanish, and Italian were surveyed at a university and community college. Results suggest the value of activities facilitative of negotiated interaction. The questionnaire is appended. (10…
Descriptors: Class Activities, College Second Language Programs, College Students, Higher Education
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Aida, Yukie – Modern Language Journal, 1994
Using a theoretical model of foreign language anxiety, this study of 96 college students of Japanese examines how language anxiety is related to Japanese language learning. Results suggest factors other than test anxiety, e.g., speech anxiety, fear of failing, and negative attitudes toward the class. A questionnaire is included. (Contains 63…
Descriptors: Anxiety, College Students, Fear, Higher Education
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Borras, Isabel; Lafayette, Robert C. – Modern Language Journal, 1994
The effects of subtitling during transactional task practice were investigated among fifth-semester college students of French. Results support and advance the knowledge generated by language research on subtitles: subtitles help learners not only to comprehend authentic linguistic input better but also to produce comprehensible communicative…
Descriptors: College Students, Courseware, French, Higher Education