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Byrnes, Heidi; Lariviere, Richard W.; Bernhardt, Elizabeth; Klee, Carol A.; Rodd, Laurel Rasplica; Jacobs, Roderick A.; Welles, Elizabeth B. – Modern Language Journal, 2002
This commentary on language curricula in universities is followed up commentaries by a language center director, on perspectives from a Spanish department, the case of Japanese, the role of foreign languages in universities, and foreign language enrollment numbers. (VWL)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Higher Education, Japanese, Language Enrollment
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Clarke, Mark A. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Examines a sampling of current ESL reading instruction practices, addressing the concern that the lack of a generally accepted theory of L2 reading constitutes a major obstacle to teaching and testing ESL reading skills. Summarizes the results of two studies and discusses their implications for ESL teachers. (MES)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Miscue Analysis
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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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Arteaga, Deborah L. – Modern Language Journal, 2000
Reconsiders the general question of the role of articulatory phonetics in the second language (L2) classroom and reviews the phonetic presentation in 10 recent first-year Spanish texts. Proposes a phonetics program based on the notion of a learners' dialect, then measures the phonetics of the textbooks against a learners' dialect. Argues against…
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Dialects, Introductory Courses, Phonetics
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Wells, Gordon – Modern Language Journal, 1999
Responds to a previous article on native-language (L1) use in the collaborative interaction of native English-speaking adult learners of Spanish as a second language, which found that the L1 serves a critical function in students' attempts to mutually define task elements, provide each other with scaffolding help, and externalize inner speech.…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Classroom Communication, English
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Finneman, Michael D. – Modern Language Journal, 1987
While foreign language textbooks have improved in recent years, the standard grammatical base remains unchanged. Instead of the usual morphologically-based syllabus, a semantico-grammatical one is suggested in which the categories, relating meaning and form, make it possible to teach language structure in a coherent and communicatively relevant…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Language Proficiency, Morphology (Languages), Notional Functional Syllabi