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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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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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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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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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Burnham, Kevin R. – Applied Language Learning, 2014
In this experiment we evaluate phonetic training as a tool for language learning. Specifically, we take a group of native speakers (NS) of English (n=24) currently enrolled in Arabic classes at American universities, and evaluate the effectiveness of a high variability phonetic training program (HVPT) to improve their perception of a difficult…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Burnham, Kevin R. – Applied Language Learning, 2014
In this experiment we evaluate phonetic training as a tool for language learning. Specifically, we take a group of native speakers (NS) of English (n = 24) currently enrolled in Arabic classes at American universities, and evaluate the effectiveness of a high variability phonetic training program (HVPT) to improve their perception of a difficult…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Phonetics, 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: 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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Lim, Hye-Yeon – Applied Language Learning, 2009
The purpose of this study is to move beyond the more traditional focus on individual characteristics as they relate to anxiety in the use of a foreign language. In order to do this, cultural characteristics, perceptions of the cause of successful learning, and foreign (English) language use anxiety were included as the major variables. Three…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Anxiety, Cultural Traits
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Li, Shaofeng – Applied Language Learning, 2009
The present study investigates the differential effects of explicit and implicit feedback on L2 learners at different proficiency levels as measured by L2 development and learner uptake, which is defined as the learner's responses following feedback. Twenty-three learners of Chinese as a foreign language at two different levels of proficiency at a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Error Correction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Stefanik, Jozef – Applied Language Learning, 2001
Verified the validity of the critical period hypothesis for the Slovak language. Recordings and short essays of native speakers of Slovak and nonnative bilinguals were evaluated by native Slovak judges. Studied critical period hypothesis for language and speech, relationships between age and education of judges, and correct identification scores.…
Descriptors: Age, Bilingualism, Linguistic Theory, Native Speakers
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Shook, David J. – Applied Language Learning, 1994
This study focused on the input-to-intake phenomenon: Can foreign language/second language (L2) learner-readers process grammatical information presented via written input as intake? Multiple tasks were designed to assess the processing of input into intake by first- and second-year students of Spanish. (JL)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Grammar, Linguistic Input, Linguistic Theory
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Constantino, Rebecca; Lee, Sy-Ying; Cho, Kyung-Sook; Krashen, Stephen – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Presents results of a questionnaire filled out by international students regarding years of English study, length of residence in the United States, free reading habits in the first and second language, and television watching. Reading in English, English study in the home country, and length of residence in the United States affected students'…
Descriptors: College Students, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Place of Residence
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Rekhart, Deborah; Dunkel, Patricia – Applied Language Learning, 1992
The speech of a sample of Chinese and Korean nonnative speakers of English (n=30) was evaluated by raters of the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) for a degree of fluency and by a computerized silent-pause-detection program. (35 references) (JL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Graduate Students