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Quan, Tracy – L2 Journal, 2019
Why learners return from study abroad (SA) with varying degrees of second language (L2) gains or differing attitudes towards the target language and culture remains an open question. This study employs theories of identity (Kinginger, 2013) and investment (Darvin & Norton, 2015; Norton Peirce, 1995) to examine the case of three learners of…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Student Attitudes
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Turpin, Kristen M. – L2 Journal, 2019
This study proposes a method for implementing trained peer response within the multiliteracies framework and then qualitatively examines its effectiveness. Three factors are considered: (1) the extent to which peer response training engaged learners in all four knowledge processes; (2) the quality of peer-to-peer feedback; and (3) students'…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Instructional Effectiveness, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes
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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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Thoms, Joshua J.; Poole, Frederick J. – L2 Journal, 2018
This exploratory study analyzes the digital literacy practices that resulted from learner-learner interactions within a virtual environment when collaboratively reading eighteen Spanish poems via a digital annotation tool over a four-week period in a college-level Hispanic literature course. Using an ecological theoretical perspective and…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Spanish Literature, Computer Simulation, Second Language Learning
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Economidou-Kogetsidis, Maria; Soteriadou, Louiza; Taxitari, Loukia – L2 Journal, 2018
Using a short pedagogical intervention, a pretest-posttest design and baseline data (L1 English), the present study examined the effects of explicit instruction on the use of internal and external modification in requests among Greek Cypriot EFL learners. The findings revealed a complex picture with mixed results. Even though external modification…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Yang, Li – L2 Journal, 2017
This study investigated whether the effects of pragmatics instruction delivered via a self-access website in a Chinese as a foreign language learning environment vary according to learners' language proficiency. The website provided learners with explicit instruction in how to express gratitude appropriately in Chinese and offered them pragmatic…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Chinese, Web Sites, Pragmatics
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Martin, Alexandra; Adrada-Rafael, Sergio – L2 Journal, 2017
The growing demand for Spanish for Specific Purposes (SSP) courses at universities in the United States in the last two decades (Klee, 2015) has brought to light the need for more theoretically driven research in this field, which can inform pedagogical decisions and materials design. The present study conceptually replicates Serafini and Torres…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Languages for Special Purposes, College Students
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Schwartz, Adam; Boovy, Bradley – L2 Journal, 2017
An interactive exhibit at a university's "World Language Day" challenges systems of privilege that organize the study of "foreign" and "world" languages. Through discursive framing, participants' written responses reveal an alignment with hegemonic ideologies of race and nation that elevate English monolingualism as a…
Descriptors: Monolingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English
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Sato, Shinji; Hasegawa, Atsushi; Kumagai, Yuri; Kamiyoshi, Uichi – L2 Journal, 2017
In this article, we seek to reconceptualize content-based instruction (CBI) curricula and practices from a critical perspective. Further, we propose developing criticality as an essential component of CBI, advocating for an approach we call critical content-based instruction (CCBI). While the importance of CBI has long been recognized, previous…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Shibahara, Rika – L2 Journal, 2017
This study examines Malaysian learners' reflections on the discourses of the Asia-Pacific War in Malaysia and Japan after engaging in "Memories of War" project. The project, which was implemented in an advanced Japanese-as-a-Foreign-Language (JFL) class at a Malaysian university, aimed to improve learners' ability to grasp power…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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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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Étienne, Corinne; Vanbaelen, Sylvie – L2 Journal, 2017
This study, conducted in a 300-level college French class with 15 students, builds on previous research on symbolic competence (Kramsch, 2009, 2011). Using a film scene and a "Semiotic Gap Activity," we examine how students construct meaning. What do students prioritize? What do they bring from their past symbolic representations? Are…
Descriptors: French, College Students, Second Language Instruction, Learning Processes
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Abrams, Zsuzsanna – L2 Journal, 2016
Pragmatics is an underrepresented area in L2 instruction, in spite of disciplinary emphasis on communicative skills (de Pablos-Ortega, 2011; Eisenchlas, 2011). Films have been shown to be capable of mitigating this lack of pedagogically prepared materials (Abrams, 2014; Kambara, 2011; Fernández-Guerra, 2008; Grant & Starks, 2001; Washburn,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics, Social Environment
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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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