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Pardo Ballester, Cristina – Applied Language Learning, 2019
This article examines the use of technology-mediated, task-based language teaching (TBLT) in a hybrid environment as an instructional approach in an intermediate-level Spanish course. It (a) evaluates elements of a hybrid course that was developed with computer-assisted language learning (CALL) materials to help learners improve their Spanish,…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Colovic-Markovic, Jelena – Applied Language Learning, 2019
This classroom-based study investigates whether students who receive explicit instruction make more gains over time and more improvement to produce academic formulas in controlled (c-test) and uncontrolled (essay) situations, respectively, than those who do not receive such intervention. Whereas both groups improved over time, the treatment group…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Writing (Composition)
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Brosh, Hezi – Applied Language Learning, 2018
This study aimed to elicit students' perceptions regarding their language-learning strategy preferences (LLSPs). A sample of 198 college-level students participated. Data were collected through a questionnaire and interviews. The findings reveal that language students tend to adopt a holistic view of the learning task and relate it to real-life…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies, College Students
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Martel, Jason – Applied Language Learning, 2018
Framed with concepts from the literature on educational innovations, the present study explored postsecondary students' and instructors' evaluative comments about ACTFL's Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA). In the research on the IPA to date, few scholars have explored these key stakeholders' perceptions of the framework, and a robust…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hughes, Haning – Applied Language Learning, 2018
Students at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) are required to study a foreign language. In order to place students into appropriate language courses, especially less commonly taught languages defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), effective language placement policies are essential. The author…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Armed Forces, Student Placement, Second Language Instruction
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Kitajima, Ryu – Applied Language Learning, 2018
The field of L2 pragmatics demonstrates the effect of instructional intervention on the development of L2 learners' pragmatic competence. Nevertheless, effective instruction requires knowledge of pragmatic performances of L2 learners in naturally occurring conversations, in comparison to those of the target community speakers. This study, using a…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Classroom Communication, Pragmatics
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González-Bueno, Manuela; Quintana-Lara, Marcela; Falah, Abdulrazzag M. – Applied Language Learning, 2018
Studies of the acquisition of the lenited allophones of Spanish voiced stops have traditionally focused on the production (Lord, 2010; Rogers & Alvord, 2014; Zampini, 1994), but not on the perception of these sounds. This pilot study examines relationships between (a) learner proficiency and perception of target sounds; (b) learner perception…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Hubert, Michael D.; Vigil, Donny – Applied Language Learning, 2017
Adult second/foreign language acquisition is extremely challenging for many learners, with pronunciation often the one aspect in which otherwise very proficient language users fall short. Although a great deal of research has found that formal instruction in phonetics/phonology may improve learner pronunciation, no study has yet addressed the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pronunciation Instruction
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McNulty Diaz, Erin – Applied Language Learning, 2017
The two main components of Processing Instruction (PI) are Explicit Information (EI) and Structured Input (SI). Most researchers have concluded that the SI is more responsible for learner gains than the EI (Benati, 2004a, 2004b; VanPatten & Oikennon, 1996; Wong, 2004). However, some researchers have found that EI does significantly impact…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Processing, Teaching Methods
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Koyama, Nobuko – Applied Language Learning, 2016
This case study presents a description and outline of a dubbing activity in which students utilized their basic linguistic skills holistically. Authentic materials such as television dramas and feature films are "a rich repository of various speech acts, lexicon and linguistic emotivity" (Koyama, 2009) and as such have the potential to…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Japanese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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David, Virginia – Applied Language Learning, 2016
This study compares learners' writing in an impromptu, timed writing (ITW) exam and in a process-based, timed writing (PBTW) exam to investigate the differences between these two types of assessments. A secondary objective of this study is to examine the test takers' attitudes towards the two exams. Forty participants taking ESL writing classes…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Second Language Learning, Essays, Writing Evaluation
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Hedgcock, John S.; Lefkowitz, Natalie – Applied Language Learning, 2016
Research on heritage language (HL) development and education has characterized the unique linguistic, sociocultural, and affective profiles of heritage-language (HL) students, yet foreign-language (FL) education has only begun to understand HL students in relation to non-heritage students (Carreira & Kagan, 2011; Felix, 2008). To deepen our…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Language Attitudes
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Hernández, Todd A. – Applied Language Learning, 2016
Previous studies have shown that study abroad has a positive effect on second language (L2) learning outcomes for students who spend at least a semester abroad. It is unclear, however, whether a short-term experience also has a measurable impact on L2 development. The present study examines the relationship between speaking proficiency gains made…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Summer Programs, Study Abroad
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Yang, Li; Zhu, Jia – Applied Language Learning, 2016
This study investigates the effects of instruction on learners' pragmatic competence by integrating pragmatic consciousness-raising (PCR) activities into a beginning-level Chinese language course during one academic semester. The study also examines the effect of integrating the PCR activities, i.e., before or after the instruction of a…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Consciousness Raising, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bohn, Mariko Tajima – Applied Language Learning, 2015
This study examines student perspectives on gender differences in Japanese speech. Expanding on a small-scale survey by Siegal & Okamoto (2003) that investigated the views of eleven Japanese-language college teachers, this study analyzes 238 questionnaire responses from 220 Japanese-language students at four universities and a US government…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Gender Differences, Language Styles
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