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Talalakina, Ekaterina; Stukal, Denis; Kamrotov, MIkhail – Modern Language Journal, 2020
To date, attempts at empirically validating a construct of academic vocabulary in the form of a frequency list in languages other than English remain conspicuously absent in peer-reviewed journals. This study aims to close this gap by using Russian as a case study to develop an academic vocabulary list and prove its viability through a variety of…
Descriptors: Academic Language, Vocabulary Development, Word Frequency, Word Lists
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Jin, Zhouhan; Webb, Stuart – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This study investigated incidental learning of single-word items and collocations through listening to teacher talk. Although there are several studies that have investigated incidental vocabulary learning through listening, no intervention studies have explicitly investigated the extent to which listening to teachers in a classroom context might…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Native Language, Pretests Posttests, Correlation
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Jiang, Nan; Hou, Fengyun; Jiang, Xin – Modern Language Journal, 2020
In studying the relationship between word recognition and reading development, a distinction is made between analytic and holistic processing of words. These strategies are often assessed in a length effect in an alphabetic language or in a stroke-number effect in a logographic language. Analytical processing is associated with a robust length or…
Descriptors: Word Recognition, Reading Processes, Holistic Approach, Reading Strategies
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Beiler, Ingrid Rodrick; Dewilde, Joke – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Translation has recently been revived as an approach to language learning that builds on students' linguistic repertoires, particularly in linguistically diverse classrooms. However, few studies have examined how students use translation as part of writing in an additional language. This article provides new insights based on the translation…
Descriptors: Translation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Martin, Ines A. – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Even though there is ample evidence that pronunciation plays a crucial role in effective second language (L2) communication, pronunciation training is frequently neglected in L2 classrooms due to time constraints or because instructors do not feel adequately prepared to teach pronunciation. To address this discrepancy, the present study…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Homework, Second Language Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Medina, Almitra; Socarras, Gilda; Krishnamurti, Sridhar – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This study explored the influence of speech rate (normal vs. fast), sentence length (short vs. long), and second language (L2) oral proficiency on listening comprehension in L2 Spanish. Thirty-one native English-speaking learners enrolled in upper-level Spanish courses were aurally exposed to 8 sentences of each type of speed--length matrix, for a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Listening Comprehension, Speech Skills
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Donaghue, Helen – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This article focuses on the identities constructed and negotiated during work-based talk between in-service English language teachers and a supervisor during dyadic post-observation feedback meetings. Meetings were recorded with participants working in a tertiary institution in a Gulf state. Microanalysis of discourse excerpts shows how both…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, English Teachers, Supervisors, Teacher Supervision
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Eguchi, Masaki; Kyle, Kristopher – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Lexical sophistication has been an important indicator of productive lexical proficiency for almost 30 years. Although lexical sophistication has most often been operationalized as the proportion of low frequency words in a text, a growing body of research has indicated that a number of indices such as concreteness, hypernymy, and n-gram…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Lexicology, English Language Learners
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Lee, Hansol; Warschauer, Mark; Lee, Jang Ho – Modern Language Journal, 2020
We investigated how learner factors, such as vocabulary proficiency, strategy use, and working memory, are associated with successful corpus-based second language (L2) vocabulary learning, in which learners are encouraged to analyze and explore large, structured collections of authentic language data (i.e., corpora) to resolve their lexical issues…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Language Proficiency, Learning Strategies
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Mitchell, Rosamond; Tracy-Ventura, Nicole; Huensch, Amanda – Modern Language Journal, 2020
For L2 learners from English-dominant societies, study abroad (SA) is an especially significant opportunity for linguistic, sociocultural, and personal development. Less is known about the durability of these SA-related developments, once Anglophone language specialists complete their home studies and then progress to graduate careers. This…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, College Graduates
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Henry, Alastair; Davydenko, Sofia – Modern Language Journal, 2020
Learning a language is a long-term undertaking. In this endeavor, motivation is served by patterns of regulation that steer and control behavior. Regulation can be focused on possibilities and opportunities (an approach pattern), or the implications of failure (an avoidance pattern). Responding to calls for work with a focus on regulation (Papi…
Descriptors: Adults, Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Adult Learning
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Midwah, Ali Al; Alhawary, Mohammad T. – Modern Language Journal, 2020
The present study investigated the role of Arabic diacritics in word recognition and their impact on Arabic L2 learners' reading speed, accuracy, and comprehension at different stages of Arabic L2 acquisition. Fifty-four English L2 learners of Arabic from 3 proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) participated in the study. They…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Orthographic Symbols, Reading Rate, Accuracy
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Ortega, Lourdes – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The Douglas Fir Group (2016) sought to articulate a transdisciplinary agenda for SLA but said little about multilingualism specifically. Moreover, many multilinguals are under siege in a worrisome world where threats to human difference have risen to the mainstream in the aftermath of Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I argue that…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Justice
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Larsen-Freeman, Diane – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Agency has attracted considerable attention, especially of late. Nevertheless, perceptions of language learners as nonagentive persist. In this article the Douglas Fir Group's call for a transdisciplinary perspective is heeded in a Complex Dynamic Systems Theory's (CDST) conceptualization of agency. It is suggested that CDST maintains the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Ethics, Personal Autonomy, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ellis, Nick C. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Cognition is not just 'in the head'; it extends well beyond the skull and the skin. Non-Cartesian Cognitive Science views cognition as being embodied, environmentally embedded, enacted, encultured, and socially distributed. The Douglas Fir Group (2016) likewise recognizes languages as emergent, social, integrated phenomena. Language is the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Science, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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