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Corbett, Stephen S.; Smith, William Flint – Modern Language Journal, 1984
Describes a study that attempts to validate the Edmonds Learning Style Identification Exercise (ELSIE), purported to be a quick and easy means to identify and analyze a postulated relationship between preference for sensory modality in learning style and the potential for success in second language learning. (SL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Language Acquisition
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Ludwig, Jeannette – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Investigates the extent to which college students enrolled in French, German, and Spanish courses subscribe to stereotypes about the purported characteristics of these languages. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Students, French, German, Higher Education
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Benseler, David P. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Provides a listing of doctoral degrees granted in foreign languages, literatures, cultures, linguistics, and foreign language education in 1982. Entries are ordered by (1) major field, (2) institution, (3) dissertation author, (4) dissertation title, and (5) dissertation supervisor. (EKN)
Descriptors: Chinese, Classical Literature, Doctoral Degrees, French
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Armstrong, Gregory K. – Modern Language Journal, 1984
Results of a survey sent to 180 undergraduates who had received intensive language instruction (in Mexico) while in high school indicate that study abroad experiences effects attitudes and behavior with regard to language learning and career choices. Survey showed positive change in self-perception; opportunity to gain language fluency; and desire…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Language Attitudes
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Bahrick, Harry P. – Modern Language Journal, 1984
Presents an abbreviated version of a large scale investigation of second language attrition covering 50 years. Results yield benefits to teachers and students of foreign languages by leading to an understanding of how various procedures of acquisition affect the rate of loss and ultimately minimize the potential for later attrition. (SL)
Descriptors: Grammar, Idioms, Language Research, Learning Processes
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Calvert, Laura D. – The Modern Language Journal, 1963
Peace Corps language training in Spanish at the University of New Mexico is described. Such training features as class size, instructional levels, instructional method, drill, grammar presentation, classroom and laboratory work, review, testing, supplementary materials, use of native informants, teacher characteristics, and practice at mealtime…
Descriptors: Grammar, Instructional Materials, Intensive Language Courses, Language Instruction
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Ramirez, Arnulfo G.; Hall, Joan Kelly – Modern Language Journal, 1990
Analysis of the cultural content of Spanish textbooks used in New York secondary schools revealed that the majority of Spanish-speaking countries and Spanish-speaking groups within the United States were underrepresented. Photographs and references tended to depict the middle and upper classes, and few references were made to poverty,…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Hispanic Americans, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education
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Ortuno, Marian Mikaylo – Modern Language Journal, 1991
A description of the Kluckhohn model for analyzing cultural value systems, based on such cultural orientations as human nature, man-nature, time, activity, and relation, demonstrates its applicability to teaching the cultural components of elementary and intermediate foreign language courses. (11 references) (CB)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Japanese, Linguistic Theory
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Liskin-Gasparro, Judith E. – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Analyzes the narrative, descriptive, and evaluative structures of one person's two stories, drawn from oral proficiency interviews, about the same event told at the intermediate high and advanced levels on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale. The discourse analysis revealed that the second story builds upon the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Context Effect, Discourse Analysis
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Holmquist, Jonathan Carl – Modern Language Journal, 1993
A study of 215 Temple University (Pennsylvania) students investigated patterns in achievement (as measured by course level and grade), language attitudes, attitudes toward and acquaintance with Spanish speakers, and foreign travel experience. Results support previous studies and suggest that the relationship between attitudes and foreign-language…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingualism, College Second Language Programs, Difficulty Level
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Stansfield, Charles W.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1992
Variables that constitute translation ability are discussed, based on a two-year development and validation study of job-related tests of translation ability for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The project involved the development of two parallel forms of the Spanish into English Verbatim Translation Exam (SEVTE). (five references) (LB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Language Tests
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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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Barry, Sue; Lazarte, Alejandro A. – Modern Language Journal, 1995
This study tested the effect of embedded clauses on recall for 48 English-speaking high school students reading Spanish historical texts. It found that the complexity of sentence structure seemed to cancel the advantage of previous exposure to the content domain. Contains 39 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Context Effect, Difficulty Level, High School Students, Latin American History
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Bacon, Susan M.; Finneman, Michael D. – Modern Language Journal, 1990
The responses of 938 first year Spanish students at 2 major midwestern universities to a survey regarding their motivation and strategies for learning Spanish identified several affective factors that were associated with students' reactions to the use of authentic instructional materials. (28 references) (CB)
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Enrichment
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Valdes, Guadalupe – Modern Language Journal, 1995
Discusses the practice of teaching minority (ethnic/immigrant) languages as academic subjects in multilingual settings and points to directions in which the field of applied linguistics must move in order to develop adequate principles of language learning that can support such instruction. Particular focus is on the teaching of Spanish to…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education
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