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Van Deusen-Scholl, Nelleke – CALICO Journal, 2018
This article expands upon a plenary presentation I delivered at the 2017 Arizona CALL Conference at Arizona State University. I will discuss some current perspectives in second language acquisition (SLA) which have implications for heritage language acquisition (HLA) and provide some examples from longitudinal data collected among heritage…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Self Concept, Computer Assisted Instruction, Heritage Education
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Yanguas, Inigo – CALICO Journal, 2012
The present study adds to the computer-mediated communication (CMC) literature by exploring oral learner-to-learner interaction using Skype, a free and widely used Internet software program. In particular, this task-based study has a two-fold goal. Firstly, it explores possible differences between two modes of oral CMC (audio and video) and…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Listening Comprehension, Research Design, Computer Mediated Communication
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Mekheimer, Mohamed Amin A. – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study investigates the effects on EFL students of using Blackboard technology and online dictionaries in developing translating skills and building positive attitudes towards translation in male Saudi college students. The study compares two groups of students in a translation course; one in a traditional, face-to-face setting (control) and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Translation, Second Language Learning
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Mills, Nicole – CALICO Journal, 2011
Scholars praise social networking tools for their ability to engage and motivate iGeneration students in meaningful communicative practice, content exchange, and collaboration (Greenhow, Robelia, & Hughes, 2009; Ziegler, 2007). To gain further insight about the nature of student participation, knowledge acquisition, and relationship development…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Student Participation, Course Content, French
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Chun, Dorothy M. – CALICO Journal, 2011
Based on Byram's (1997) definition of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) and on specific types of discourse analysis proposed by Kramsch and Thorne (2002) and Ware and Kramsch (2005), this article explores how online exchanges can play a role in second language learners' development of pragmatic competence and ICC. With data obtained…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, English (Second Language)
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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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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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Pardo-Ballester, Cristina; Rodriguez, Julio Cesar – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article reports on the use of design-based research (DBR) in the development of online reading materials for beginning and intermediate Spanish learners. The report focuses on four studies of two main aspects of the development, namely, interface design and learner perceptions. The discussion of interface design includes the analysis of…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Computer Assisted Instruction, Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction
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Mahfouz, Safi Mahmoud – CALICO Journal, 2010
English foreign language learners generally tend to consider email exchanges with native speakers (NSs) as an effective tool for improving their foreign language proficiency. This study investigated Jordanian university students' perceptions of using email exchanges with native English keypals (NEKs) for improving their writing competency. A…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Writing Skills, Native Speakers
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Jones, Linda C. – CALICO Journal, 2009
This article describes how effectively multimedia learning environments can assist second language (L2) students of different spatial and verbal abilities with listening comprehension and vocabulary learning. In particular, it explores how written and pictorial annotations interacted with high/low spatial and verbal ability learners and thus…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Listening Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary Development
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Andrew, Martin – CALICO Journal, 2009
This paper qualitatively analyzes reflective data gathered from learners' electronic and paper writings about their cultural learning in and about New Zealand. The data comes from three intakes of learners in "Culture and New Zealand Society," a second-year course for migrant and international learners within a Bachelor of Arts in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Qualitative Research, Immigrants
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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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Papadima-Sophocleous, Salomi – CALICO Journal, 2008
In recent years, many tertiary institutions have been changing their pen-and-paper English placement test practices into computer based ones. In the process of constructing the University of Nicosia (Intercollege) New English Placement Test Online (NEPTON), we discovered how to redesign our test to include the use of technology. The present…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Weinberg, Alysse – CALICO Journal, 2007
In previous publications the author reported on the use of a website dedicated to French songs for an advanced French comprehension course at the university level. The present article analyzes web-tracking data captured from the website over two terms--fall 2003 and winter 2004. The variations in the amount of time students spent working on the…
Descriptors: Internet, French, Gender Differences, Web Sites
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Ho, Mei-ching; Savignon, Sandra J. – CALICO Journal, 2007
This paper examines the use of face-to-face peer review (FFPR) and computer-mediated peer review (CMPR) in an Asian English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) academic writing context. The participants were 33 English majors from a university of science and technology in Taiwan, a new type of school offering 2-year associate degree programs in foreign…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Writing (Composition), Peer Evaluation, Associate Degrees
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