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Ulrich, Theresa A.; Tyndorf, Darryl M., Jr. – Applied Language Learning, 2018
In an exploration of methods to advance language acquisition without the inconvenience of participating in an immersion option, the authors discovered research on Free Voluntary Reading (FVR). FVR has made a recent resurgence, especially in the context of language acquisition. Krashen (2004) proposes FVR as the answer to building language…
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Second Language Learning, Achievement Gains, Learning Strategies
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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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Holman, Don – Applied Language Learning, 2017
Whereas the Interagency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptions broke new ground for assessing proficiency in foreign languages, the need for user-oriented (rather than assessment-oriented) proficiency scales has led, especially in Europe, to the creation of scales consisting of positively formulated "can-do" statements,…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Skills
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Santizo, Isabelle Poupard – Applied Language Learning, 2017
This quantitative study focuses on the relationship between foreign language learners' aptitude and proficiency test scores. Four groups of 136 beginning students received six months of Initial Acquisition Training (IAT) in four different language categories, according to the level of complexity for an English speaker: French (Category I),…
Descriptors: Correlation, Language Aptitude, Language Proficiency, French
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Gan, Zhengdong; Stapleton, Paul; Yang, Chi Cheung Ruby – Applied Language Learning, 2015
A much under-researched issue in higher education is the extent to which English-medium university courses help students improve their English proficiency in an ESL context. Adopting a longitudinal, mixed methods design in which quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed, the current study tracked English language improvement,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Longitudinal Studies
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Yeon, Sang-Hee – Applied Language Learning, 2014
This research focuses on speaking proficiency and successful second language speakers' traits using a survey and an interview. The participants in the study were in a short intensive course between four and six months, depending on the language they studied. The successful learner was defined as someone who received 1+ or above on the Interagency…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Interviews, Language Tests
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Yeon, Sang-Hee – Applied Language Learning, 2014
This research focuses on speaking proficiency and successful second language speakers' traits using a survey and an interview. The participants in the study were in a short intensive course between four and six months, depending on the language they studied. The successful learner was defined as someone who received 1+ or above on the Interagency…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interviews
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Baker-Smemoe, Wendy; Cundick, Denisa K.; Evans, Norman; Henrichsen, Lynn; Dewey, Dan P. – Applied Language Learning, 2012
This study investigated the relationship between out-of-class L2 use and proficiency gains in learners of English as a second language (ESL) in an intensive English language program. In contrast to previous studies on this topic, which have found weak, non-existent or even inverse relationships between out-of-class language experience and L2…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), English (Second Language), Language Enrichment, Semi Structured Interviews
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Kennedy, Lauren; Stansfeld, Charles W. – Applied Language Learning, 2010
The Reading Proficiency Interview (RPI) is a new reading proficiency test format that was created in response to the US government's need to rapidly produce a cost effective and credible reading proficiency assessment format for small-population languages. The RPI was developed in response to a requirement by the National Language Service Corps…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Reading Skills, Reading Tests, Interviews
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Hernandez, Todd A. – Applied Language Learning, 2008
This study examines the relationship among five independent variables--integrative motivation, instrumental motivation, the need to fulfill a foreign language requirement, grade point average (GPA), and previous years studying Spanish--as predictors of five dependent variables: scores on a simulated oral proficiency interview (SOPI), final exam…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Second Language Learning, Intention, Student Motivation
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Child, James; And Others – Applied Language Learning, 1993
Working definitions of proficiency and performance in language testing are established, and their role in multidimensional testing is examined. The discussion also covers the relationship between proficiency and performance, a comparison of both types of tests, and performance test scoring dilemmas. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Definitions, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines
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Johnson, Yuki – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Examines the role of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines in language proficiency testing, focusing on Japanese language instruction and discussing how effective that system is in relation to university classroom instruction. Two main issues are addressed: viewing ACTFL Proficiency Tests as having the…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Japanese, Language Proficiency