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Lasagabaster, David – Modern Language Journal, 2017
In Spain, more than 40% of the population lives in officially bilingual regions in which the minority language is used as a means of instruction at school and university. In addition, the increasing importance attached to learning English has led to the proliferation of multilingual school programs in which different languages are used to teach…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Multilingualism, Immigrants
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Busse, Vera – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This article explores adolescent students' attitudes toward learning English and other European languages studied at secondary school. The study is based on 2255 qualitative responses to a survey conducted in Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. The data reveal that, although differences between countries shape the experience of foreign…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Language Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation
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Duff, Patricia A. – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The majority of recent research on language learning motivation has reportedly focused on English as a target language, typically in relatively homogeneous, secondary and postsecondary "foreign language" settings. How applicable, then, are the theories and findings undergirding that research to our understanding of the contemporary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Learning Theories
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MacIntyre, Peter D.; Baker, Susan C.; Sparling, Heather – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The present research examines the role of music and dance in motivating Gaelic language learning on Cape Breton Island (Canada). The Gaelic language, once thriving in this context, has declined in use but flourishes in both music and dance. This article presents the results of in-depth interviews (60-90 minutes) with 10 accomplished adult…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Self Concept, Semantics
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Dornyei, Zoltan; Al-Hoorie, Ali H. – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The theoretical paradigms of second language (L2) learning motivation developed over the past 25 years have been largely based on the study of English as a target language, which raises the question as to whether they are equally applicable to the understanding of the motivation to learn languages other than English (LOTEs). It is suggested in…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Learning Theories, English (Second Language)
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Thompson, Amy S. – Modern Language Journal, 2017
With the L2 Motivational Self System (L2MSS) as a framework, this study is an investigation of the relationships among motivation, language choice, and multilingualism using data from 195 undergraduate learners of languages other than English (LOTEs) in the context of the United States. Motivation is operationalized by the three aspects of self…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Multilingualism, Undergraduate Students
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Lanvers, Ursula – Modern Language Journal, 2017
Britain's already poor record for language learning might be exacerbated by the Global English phenomenon, in that utilitarian reasons for learning languages other than English are increasingly undermined (Lanvers, 2014; Lo Bianco, 2014). This article offers a state-of-the-art review of UK research on second language (L2) learning motivation and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Models
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Sugita McEown, Maya; Sawaki, Yasuyo; Harada, Tetsuo – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The study focuses on the role of different theories when considered together in a foreign language other than English (LOTE) context. Specifically, the study examines (a) to what extent influential second language (L2) motivational theories, when integrated, explain motivation to learn LOTEs, and (b) how the powerful status of English in Japan…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Structural Equation Models, Self Concept
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Henry, Alastair – Modern Language Journal, 2017
By tradition, L2 motivation research has a monolingual bias--the motivational systems of a learner's different languages conceptualized as separate entities rather than as cognitively interconnected. At a time when multilingualism has become a new world order (Douglas Fir Group, 2016) and where there is evidence of powerful identity experiences…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Learning Motivation, Correlation
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Gurzynski-Weiss, Laura – Modern Language Journal, 2016
While oral corrective feedback is a principal focus in second language acquisition research, most studies examine feedback once it has been provided. Investigating how instructors make in-class feedback decisions has not been thoroughly explored, despite the fact that classroom feedback occurs at the discretion of the individual language…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, Language Teachers, Spanish
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Salido, Marcos Garcia – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article studies the use of support verb constructions (SVCs) in the written production of learners of Spanish. SVCs are lexical combinations whose content is similar to verbal predicates but is distributed between a verb and a noun, the noun being the carrier of the core lexical meaning of the predicate. Although there is considerable…
Descriptors: Error Analysis (Language), English, Swedish, Japanese
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Barkaoui, Khaled – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study contributes to the literature on second language (L2) learners' revision behavior by describing what, when, and how often L2 learners revise their texts when responding to timed writing tasks on the computer and by examining the effects of task type, L2 proficiency, and keyboarding skills on what and when L2 learners revise. Each of 54…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Keyboarding (Data Entry)
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Davis, John McEwan – Modern Language Journal, 2016
The educational impacts of mandated assessment in U.S. colleges is part of a growing research agenda focused on how methodologies of program evaluation best enable educators to improve teaching and learning. Accordingly, research has tried to identify the key aspects of evaluation/assessment "capacity" in college language departments…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Second Language Instruction, Factor Analysis, Questionnaires
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Kim, Youjin; Tracy-Ventura, Nicole; Jung, Yeonjoo – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Elicited imitation requires listeners to listen and repeat sentences as accurately as possible. In second language acquisition (SLA) research it has been used for a variety of purposes. Recently, versions of the same elicited imitation test (EIT) have been created in 6 languages with the purpose of measuring second language proficiency (Ortega…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Imitation, Second Language Instruction, Language Acquisition
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Akiyama, Yuka; Saito, Kazuyo – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study examined whether 30 learners of Japanese in the United States who engaged in a semester-long video-based eTandem course made gains in global language comprehensibility, that is, ease of understanding (Derwing & Munro, 2009), and what linguistic correlates contributed to these gains. Speech excerpts from Week 2 and 8 of tandem…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Telecommunications, Grammar
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