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Stott, Carolyn; Fielding, Ruth – Babel, 2014
There is sometimes an assumption among language educators that students find the transition from school to university language learning a challenging process (see for example Busse & Walter, 2011; Chambers, 2014; Macaro & Wingate, 2004). In this research we set out to explore this assumption through a small-scale study of first-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Readiness, College Preparation, Transitional Programs
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Moloney, Robyn; Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
This paper reports on a small study of attitudes to tertiary language study amongst senior secondary language learners in three independent New South Wales schools. The study examines what elements of preparedness may be the most effective in supporting transition to tertiary study for this sample of languages students. An analysis of survey data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, High School Seniors, Second Language Learning
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Caruso, Marinella; Brown, Joshua – Babel, 2014
"New Courses 2012" refers to a new course structure adopted by the University of Western Australia, which has established a three-year general Bachelor degree followed by professional degrees. Since its introduction, enrolments in languages have increased, in a context in which languages across Australia have found themselves "under…
Descriptors: Language Enrollment, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Italian
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Scarino, Angela – Babel, 2013
Developing curricula for languages in the context of the Australian Curriculum is a complex undertaking that needs to address a number of demands. These include: the nature of language-and-culture learning for contemporary times within an increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural world; the goals of mainstream education and the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Moloney, Robyn; Genua-Petrovic, Rosalba – Babel, 2012
It is increasingly common for schools to form partnerships with schools in the countries of languages learned in the classroom. While there has been substantial investigation of language and culture learning in the context of tertiary study abroad, there has been limited research attention to pedagogical interventions which may support learning in…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Exchange Programs, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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East, Martin; Tolosa, Constanza; Villers, Helen – Babel, 2012
As a consequence of a substantially revised national curriculum in New Zealand, all schools are now required to provide opportunities for students in school Years 7 to 10 (age 11+ to 14+) to learn an additional language. There are, however, very few intermediate school (Years 7 and 8) teachers who are additional language 'subject specialists'.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Foreign Countries
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Rossetto, Marietta; Chiera-Macchia, Antonella – Babel, 2011
This study investigated the use of comics (Cary, 2004) in a guided writing experience in secondary school Italian language learning. The main focus of the peer group interaction task included the exploration of visual sequencing and visual integration (Bailey, O'Grady-Jones, & McGown, 1995) using image and text to create a comic strip narrative in…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Visual Learning, Second Language Learning, Cartoons
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Takimoto, Masato; Hashimoto, Hiroko – Babel, 2011
The paper examines the appropriateness of translation and interpreting tasks for language teaching. To this end, it analyses an advanced-level Japanese language subject taught at an Australian university, utilising the concept of intercultural language learning (ICLL) as a theoretical framework. The study also investigates the learning experience…
Descriptors: Translation, Japanese, Learning Experience, Second Language Learning
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Gamage, Gayathri Haththotuwa – Babel, 2011
This longitudinal qualitative study investigates how cultural experiences of staying in Japan may affect attitudes and self-directed learning of kanji among learners of Japanese as a foreign language. Six beginner learners pursued semester-long weekly kanji learning sessions and their diachronic behaviours were observed and recorded for attitudes…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Japanese
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Fielding, Ruth – Babel, 2011
For young bilingual students a feeling of connection to their background languages and cultures forms one important aspect of their developing identities. This paper addresses some of the findings from a larger study examining students' understandings of their identities as bilingual. The study involved students who are part of a bilingual program…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Foreign Countries, French, Bilingualism
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Absalom, Matthew – Babel, 2011
In a period of renewed efforts to encourage language study in Australia, with a particular view to increasing the number of students completing secondary school and studying a language, consideration of the reasons behind retention and attrition of students becomes paramount. In this preliminary study, which surveyed nearly 200 students entering…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Gender Discrimination
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Stephens, Meredith – Babel, 2010
Due to the global momentum of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), Anglophones may perceive that there is less urgency for them to learn other languages than for speakers of other languages to learn English. The monolingual expectations of English speakers are evidenced not only in Anglophone countries but also abroad. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Language, Asian Culture, English
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Lo Bianco, Hana – Babel, 2010
This article investigates the role of film in language education based on a study of the 2009 "Melbourne International Film Festival" (MIFF). It is structured around a literature review and results from surveys of students and teachers who participated in the young people's section of the program, Next Gen. The article argues that film…
Descriptors: Films, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah – Babel, 2009
Despite research suggesting that teachers highly influence their students' knowledge and use of language learning resources such as dictionaries (Loucky, 2005; Yamane, 2006), it appears that dictionary selection and use is considered something to be dealt with outside the classroom. As a result, many students receive too little advice to be able…
Descriptors: Dictionaries, English (Second Language), Case Studies, Electronic Learning
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2009
This article reports on a case study conducted in 2006-2007 which explores boys' motivation for choosing Chinese Second Language (CSL) as an elective in secondary school. The purpose of the study was to find out what factors encouraged or discouraged junior secondary school boys in their choice to continue CSL. 133 boys aged thirteen-fourteen…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Incentives, Motivation, Males
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