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Sparks, Richard L.; Luebbers, Julie; Castaneda, Martha; Patton, Jon – Modern Language Journal, 2018
A unique anxiety for foreign language (L2) learning has been hypothesized to explain students' problems with language learning. However, L2 anxiety instruments have been challenged on the grounds that they reflect students' language learning ability and/or perceptions of their language learning skills. In this study, 266 U.S. high school students…
Descriptors: High School Students, Spanish, Anxiety, Second Language Learning
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Lee, Sheng-Hsun; Kinginger, Celeste – Modern Language Journal, 2018
What becomes of language students who participate in study abroad and then continue their study at home? What part can their memory of in-country living play in shaping subsequent classroom experiences, not only for the students themselves but also for their classmates and teachers? This study explores changes in the motives of a study abroad…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Nagle, Charles; Sachs, Rebecca; Zárate-Sández, Germán – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study explored teachers' beliefs about pronunciation instruction in Spanish as a second language (L2). An online survey was used to collect data from 100 participants, grouped into 4 categories based on their previous training in principles and methods of pronunciation instruction. This article reports results from 15 survey items which…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Garner, James; Crossley, Scott – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Current quantitative methods in second language (L2) acquisition have proven useful in examining how phraseological unit production changes over time. However, these methods are limited in that they do not allow for the analysis of individual differences in those changes. This study demonstrates the potential for Latent Curve Modeling, a type of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Phrase Structure, Language Proficiency, Writing Skills
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Yang, Xueyan; Tao, Xin – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This case study compares the discourse behaviors of 2 Chinese teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), one rated high and one rated low by their respective students. The teachers were each audio-recorded for a total of 100 minutes during the 'text session' of an Intensive Reading course. Drawing on Yang's (2010) model of EFL classroom…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Classroom Communication
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Graus, Johan; Coppen, Peter-Arno – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study explored the role teacher education plays in influencing student teachers' pedagogical grammar cognitions--defined as what student teachers know, think, and believe regarding grammar instruction--on the premise that investigating the impact of teacher education (or lack thereof) is more fruitful when considering it the result of complex…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Grammar, Schemata (Cognition), English (Second Language)
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen; Su, Yunwen – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study investigates the role of proficiency in the acquisition of conventional expressions as a pragmalinguistic resource in second-language (L2) Chinese. One hundred and four undergraduates, including 57 learners of Chinese as a foreign language at 3 levels of university instruction and 47 native speakers completed an aural-oral discourse…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Role
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Kissling, Elizabeth M. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Listening is widely regarded as an important skill that is difficult and necessary to teach in L2 classrooms. Listening requires both top-down and bottom-up processing, yet pedagogical techniques for the latter are often lacking. This study explores the efficacy of pronunciation instruction (PI) for improving learners' bottom-up processing. The…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Processing
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Lanvers, Ursula; Doughty, Hannah; Thompson, Amy S. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Debates about the future of UK language learning in the context of Brexit intensified as soon as the referendum outcome was announced. This politicization of language learning, evidenced recently also in the United States and France, falls upon an already difficult context of the United Kingdom in a 'language learning crisis,' and an increasing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Political Issues, Discourse Analysis
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Plonsky, Luke; Ghanbar, Hessameddin – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Multiple regression is a family of statistics used to investigate the relationship between a set of predictors and a criterion (dependent) variable. This procedure is applicable in a variety of research contexts and data structures. Consequently, and similar to quantitative traditions in sister-disciplines such as education and psychology (see…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Second Language Learning, Language Research, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Teimouri, Yasser – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This article aims to introduce shame and guilt from social psychology into second language acquisition (SLA), to validate their psychometric measurement, and to examine their effects on second language (L2) learners' motivation and language achievements. In Study 1, the prevalence of shame and guilt reactions in L2 settings was explored. Moreover,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Psychological Patterns
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Jakonen, Teppo – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This article explores the temporal nature of language learning in classroom settings through the lens of Conversation Analysis (CA) by drawing on video-recorded interactions from Content and Language Integrated (CLIL) classrooms. It outlines some methodological challenges that the task of documenting language learning in and as observable social…
Descriptors: Interaction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Language of Instruction
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Ó Murchadha, Noel; Flynn, Colin J. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Target varieties for language learning are contentious in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. Debates centre on the nature and utility of alternative norms. Approximation to 'native speaker' practices is the hallmark of language education. Thus, policy and pedagogy frequently orient toward achieving native-like production. While many…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, Language Variation, Irish, Second Language Learning
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Peltonen, Pauliina – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Many factors influencing second language (L2) speech fluency have been widely studied, but the effects of first language (L1) fluency on L2 speech fluency are still relatively poorly understood. In contrast to mostly quantitative previous studies, the present study adopted a mixed methods approach to examining the connections between L1 fluency…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Correlation
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König, Johannes; Tachtsoglou, Sarantis; Lammerding, Sandra; Strauß, Sarah; Nold, Günter; Rohde, Andreas – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The study examines the connection between domain-specific learning opportunities in English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher preparation and preservice EFL teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Using a sample of 444 preservice EFL teachers for secondary schools, it contrasts groups at the end of the 2 phases required in German teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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