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Burns, Katharine E. – L2 Journal, 2018
The United States is one of the world's most populous Hispanophone countries, with over 35 million Spanish-speakers. In addition, Spanish is the most widely taught foreign language in the United States, with more students enrolled in Spanish at the higher-education level than in all other modern languages combined. How, then, is the United States'…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Variation
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Canning, Nicholas Alexander; Nelson, Mark Evan – L2 Journal, 2018
Graded readers, simplified versions of literature and other texts at graduated levels of difficulty, are widely employed in contexts of foreign language pedagogy and are widely considered to be a form of written-language input ostensibly suitable for a wide array of developmental stages. However, the efficacy of graded readers is not unchallenged,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Literature
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Blyth, Carl – L2 Journal, 2018
This essay examines textual engagement of two students during a Multiliteracies lesson on a French poem ("Liberté", Paul Eluard) in terms of the "multilingual subject" (Kramsch, 2009) and "the authentic speaker" (Van Compernolle, 2016). The case studies are based on personal data: (1) the students' autobiographies…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Self Concept, Poetry, Multilingualism
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Elola, Idoia; Nakatsukasa, Kimi; Tecedor, Marta – L2 Journal, 2018
A growing number of bilingual and multilingual national and international students are enrolling in graduate programs in the United States, creating an urgent need to understand how these writers build knowledge of unfamiliar academic genres and become part of their disciplinary academic communities (Selony, 2014). Such students struggle with…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Graduate Students, Self Concept, English (Second Language)
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Richardson, Diane – L2 Journal, 2017
Tolerance of ambiguity has been referred to as "the indispensable component of symbolic competence" (Kramsch, 2006, p. 251) and the recommendation was later made for college-level language instructors interested in emphasizing symbolic competence in their classrooms to "bring up every opportunity to show complexity and…
Descriptors: Ambiguity (Semantics), Second Language Instruction, Intercultural Communication, German
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Scarino, Angela; Liddicoat, Anthony J. – L2 Journal, 2016
Understanding and working with the complexity of second language learning and use in an intercultural orientation necessitates a re-examination of the different theories of learning that inform the different schools of second language acquisition (SLA). This re-examination takes place in a context where explicitly conceptualizing the nature of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Theories
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Wu, Xi; Tarc, Paul – L2 Journal, 2016
This paper engages the perspectives of teachers working in an English language department of a vocational college in China. It takes a transdisciplinary approach, applying constructs from the fields of comparative education, postcolonial theories in education, and critical applied linguistics to a case study of English language teaching; while the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Shively, Rachel L. – L2 Journal, 2016
This case study examines how one study abroad student oriented to social interaction during a semester in Spain. Using an activity theoretical approach, the findings indicate that the student not only viewed social interaction with his Spanish host family and an expert-Spanish-speaking age peer as an opportunity for second language (L2) learning,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Study Abroad, Interaction
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Czerwionka, Lori; Gorokhovsky, Bridget – L2 Journal, 2015
This case study developed a collaborative approach to the selection of a Spanish language textbook. The collaborative process consisted of six steps, detailed in this article: team building, generating evaluation criteria, formulating a meaningful rubric, selecting prospective textbooks, calculating rubric results, and reflectively reviewing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Textbook Selection, Spanish, Second Language Instruction
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Crane, Cori – L2 Journal, 2015
The foreign language (FL) teaching "methods" course--which serves an increasingly diverse population of graduate students with varied teaching and learning experiences, professional goals, and developmental trajectories (Allen & Negueruela-Azarola, 2010)--is often the only dedicated space for graduate student instructors (GSIs) to…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Graduate School Faculty
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Loureiro-Rodriguez, Veronica – L2 Journal, 2013
This article reports on a classroom-based experience that draws from the critical approach to heritage Spanish language teaching and Hanauer's concept of meaningful writing. Participants were three students enrolled in a first-year course for heritage Spanish speakers at a major Canadian public university. The writing component of this language…
Descriptors: Native Language Instruction, Heritage Language, Spanish Speaking, Writing Assignments
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Kim, Sujin; Dorner, Lisa M. – L2 Journal, 2013
This article examines the relationship between language and emotion, especially drawing attention to the experiences and perspectives of second language (SL) learners. Informed by the sociocultural perspective on the construction of emotion and its representation, this study highlights the intertwined relationship among emotions, cultural…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Adult Learning, Korean Americans
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Li, Houxiang – L2 Journal, 2013
Most conversation analysis (CA) studies of the initiation-response-feedback (IRF; Sinclair & Coulthard, 1975) sequence have focused on teacher actions in the feedback move. In this article, I use CA to analyze student initiatives (Waring, 2011) within an IRF sequence in one excerpt from a Chinese as a foreign language class. The excerpt…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Case Studies, Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning
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Wolcott, Timothy; Motyka, Matthew J. – L2 Journal, 2013
In this paper, we examine the case of Veronica, an American undergraduate studying abroad in Paris, whose struggles to negotiate linguistic and cultural differences highlight a deeply personal and emotional attempt to reconcile the symbolic values she assigns to her national, ethnic and "imagined" identities. While at first glance this…
Descriptors: Bias, Religious Factors, Study Abroad, Case Studies