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Scholz, Kyle – CALICO Journal, 2017
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft are ideally suited to encourage and facilitate second language development (SLD) in the extramural setting, but to what extent do the language learners' actual trajectories of gameplay contribute to SLD? With the current propensity to focus research in digital game-based…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Simulated Environment, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Arnold, Nike; Ducate, Lara; Kost, Claudia – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study examines the online writing and revision behaviors of university language learners. In small groups, 53 intermediate German students from three classes at three different universities created wiki pages with background information about a novel read in class. All meaning- and language-related revisions were analyzed to determine whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperation, Group Dynamics, German
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Craven, Mary-Louise; Sinyor, Roberta – CALICO Journal, 2011
"CCALLNET" ("The Canadian Computer-Assisted Language Learning Network at the Post-Secondary Level") was a semi-annual newsletter published from 1987 to 2002 that was distributed to colleagues across Canada who taught languages to university students. Its objective was to create a network of Canadian faculty interested in CALL…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Newspapers
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Peters, Martine; Weinberg, Alysse; Sarma, Nandini; Frankoff, Mary – CALICO Journal, 2011
This article presents student perceptions about different types of web-based activities used to seek information for French language learning. Group interviews were conducted with 71 students in five Canadian universities to elicit data on their use of the Internet for information-seeking activities. These students use the Web for three main…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Seeking, French, Learning Activities
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Cobb, Tom; Horst, Marlise – CALICO Journal, 2011
This study reports on the design and testing of an integrated suite of vocabulary training games for Nintendo[TM] collectively designated "My Word Coach" (Ubisoft, 2008). The games' design is based on a wide range of learning research, from classic studies on recycling patterns to frequency studies of modern corpora. Its general usage…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Educational Technology, Educational Games
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Wood, Peter – CALICO Journal, 2011
"QuickAssist," the program presented in this paper, uses natural language processing (NLP) technologies. It places a range of NLP tools at the disposal of learners, intended to enable them to independently read and comprehend a German text of their choice while they extend their vocabulary, learn about different uses of particular words,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, German, Natural Language Processing
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Allard, Daniele; Bourdeau, Jacqueline; Mizoguchi, Riichiro – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper addresses the problem of cultural and native language interference in second/foreign language acquisition. More specifically, it examines issues of interference that can be traced to a student's native language and that also have a cultural component. To this effect, an understanding of what actually comprises both interference and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Interference (Language), Cultural Influences
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Hoven, Debra; Palalas, Agnieszka – CALICO Journal, 2011
An exploratory study conducted at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada between 2007 and 2009 investigated language learning with mobile devices as an approach to augmenting ESP learning by taking learning outside the classroom into the real-world context. In common with findings at other community colleges, this study identified inadequate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Listening Skills, Immigrants
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Walker, Nicholas R.; Trofimovich, Pavel; Cedergren, Henrietta; Gatbonton, Elizabeth – CALICO Journal, 2011
For many patients throughout the world, access to healthcare depends on the patients" and healthcare providers' ability to communicate efficiently in each other's language. One way to reduce linguistic barriers to healthcare access is to increase the number of linguistically and culturally competent healthcare professionals. Conspicuously…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Nurses, Patients
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Thomson, Ron I. – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper first provides an overview of factors that constrain ultimate attainment in adult second language (L2) pronunciation, finding that first language influence and the quantity and quality of L2 phonetic input account for much of the variation in the degree of foreign accent found across adult L2 learners. The author then evaluates current…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Vowels, Computer Assisted Instruction, Mandarin Chinese
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Schuetze, Ulf; Weimer-Stuckmann, Gerlinde – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article presents the concept development, research programming, and learning design of a lexical processing web application, Virtual Vocabulary, which was developed using theories in both cognitive psychology and second language acquisition (SLA). It is being tested with first-year students of German at the University of Victoria in Canada,…
Descriptors: Intervals, Second Language Learning, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Schulze, Mathias; Liebscher, Grit – CALICO Journal, 2010
The development of both the materials for an intermediate-level hybrid German writing course and the software in a virtual learning environment for the course may be viewed as activity systems. Viewing the individual components of each system as interrelated enables us to conceptualize the complexities of the development process, which goes well…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Material Development, Courseware, German
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Chapelle, Carol A.; Heift, Trude – CALICO Journal, 2009
In Spring semester 2006, we conducted a study with 50 learners of German to investigate the use of a new measure (Cardenas-Claros, 2005) for research on the field independent/dependent (FID) cognitive style and CALL use. After the measure was administered, students worked on a CALL program for German that logs interaction. This paper reports the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Item Analysis, German
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Li, Jia – CALICO Journal, 2009
Numerous studies have indicated that the provision of appropriate computer-mediated support to second language (L2) learners results in different vocabulary learning outcomes. However, there is no study available that investigates the transition in their way of learning vocabulary under the influence of technology-based support. This article…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
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Caws, Catherine – CALICO Journal, 2008
This paper discusses issues surrounding the development of a learning object repository (FLORE) for teaching and learning French at the postsecondary level. An evaluation based on qualitative and quantitative data was set up in order to better assess how second-language (L2) students in French perceived the integration of this new repository into…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), French, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction
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