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Shintani, Natsuko; Aubrey, Scott – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study extends research on written corrective feedback (CF) by investigating how timing of CF affects grammar acquisition. Specifically, it examined the relative effects of synchronous and asynchronous CF on the accurate use of the hypothetical conditional structure. Participants were 68 intermediate-level students of English at a university…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Feedback (Response), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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van Compernolle, Rémi A.; Gomez-Laich, Maria Pia; Weber, Ashley – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study explores the teaching of second language (L2) Spanish sociopragmatics through concept-based pragmatics instruction (van Compernolle, 2014). The concepts of self-presentation, social distance, and power were the focus of a pedagogical enrichment program in 2 sections of a beginning-level Spanish class at a northeastern U.S. university.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Pragmatics, Teaching Methods
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Zhang, Xiaopeng; Dong, Xiaoli – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study examined the effectiveness of Zipfian frequency at facilitating the acquisition of English prenominal past participles. Chinese middle school students (N = 103) were randomly assigned to a sequenced Zipfian frequency (SZF) group, a random Zipfian frequency (RZF) group, a balanced frequency (BF) group, and a control group. A mixed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Di Silvio, Francesca; Diao, Wenhao; Donovan, Anne – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Examining speech samples from 75 American university students learning 1 of 3 languages (Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish), this article reports on a study of second language (L2) learners' oral fluency development and its relationship with their gains in holistic proficiency ratings during a semester abroad. In study abroad research, there is a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Study Abroad, Case Studies
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Taguchi, Naoko; Xiao, Feng; Li, Shuai – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study investigated the effects of intercultural competence and amount of social contact in the development of pragmatic knowledge. All these variables were time-varying variables and measured twice over a 3-month study abroad. Participants were 109 American college students studying Chinese in a semester study-abroad program in Beijing. Using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Study Abroad, College Students
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Hiver, Phil; Al-Hoorie, Ali H. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
In this article, we introduce a template of methodological considerations, termed "the dynamic ensemble," for scholars doing or evaluating empirical second language development (SLD) research within a complexity/dynamic systems theory (CDST) framework. Given that CDST principles have yielded significant insight into SLD and have become…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Scholarship
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Hagiwara, Akiko – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study explores whether emphasizing the phonetic components of "kanji," Chinese characters used in Japanese, facilitates second language (L2) learners' novel character learning. Previous L2 studies on Chinese characters indicate that phonology plays a major part in word identification. However, this view remains controversial,…
Descriptors: Phonology, Phonetics, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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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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Moranski, Kara; Kim, Frederic – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Flipped or inverted classroom (IC) models are promising for foreign language instruction in that they appear to promote well-regarded practices that bridge both sociocultural and cognitive theoretical frameworks, such as allowing for higher degrees of learner agency and facilitating deeper levels of processing. To date, the majority of work on IC…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Spanish, Second Language Instruction
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Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo; Chen, Jing-Yun; Zhang, Zhen – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study examines the lived experiences of identity of 4 Chinese Heritage Language (CHL) students participating in a year-long study abroad program in China. In a narrative inquiry, we draw on 2 mutually complementary theoretical frameworks--the Theory of Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998) and Self-Categorization Theory (Turner et al.,…
Descriptors: Chinese, Heritage Education, Study Abroad, Communities of Practice
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Umino, Tae; Benson, Phil – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This 4-year case study used a photo-elicitation approach to language learning history research in an individual case study of an Indonesian student's experiences of communities of practice while studying abroad in Japan. The study showed how the student's opportunities for interaction in Japanese were at first limited by his peripheral…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Study Abroad, Foreign Countries
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Davin, Kristin J. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article explores the implementation of dynamic assessment (DA) in an elementary school foreign language classroom by considering its theoretical basis and its applicability to second language (L2) teaching, learning, and development. In existing applications of L2 classroom DA, errors serve as a window into learners' instructional needs and…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary School Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Teng, Lin Sophie; Zhang, Lawrence Jun – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study aimed to validate a newly-developed instrument, The Writing Strategies for Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Questionnaire, with respect to its multifaceted structure of SRL strategies in English as a foreign language (EFL) writing. A total of 790 undergraduate students from 6 universities in Northeast China volunteered to be participants.…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Metacognition, Writing Strategies, English (Second Language)
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Moskovsky, Christo; Assulaimani, Turki; Racheva, Silvia; Harkins, Jean – Modern Language Journal, 2016
The research reported in this article explores the relationship between Dörnyei's (2005, 2009) Second Language Motivational Self System (L2MSS) and the L2 proficiency level of Saudi learners of English as a foreign language (EFL). Male and female participants (N = 360) responded to a questionnaire relating to the main components of L2MSS, the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Correlation, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables
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Crossley, Scott; Kyle, Kristopher; Salsbury, Thomas – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study investigates relations between second language (L2) lexical input and output in terms of word information properties (i.e., lexical salience; Ellis, 2006a). The data for this study come from a longitudinal corpus of naturalistic spoken data between L2 learners and first language (L1) interlocutors collected over a year's time. The…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics
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