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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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Allen, Heather Willis; Goodspeed, Lauren – L2 Journal, 2018
This qualitative study explored the impact of reading on writing in a collegiate French culture course that emphasized genre-based writing pedagogy. In particular, the study focused on how 19 advanced collegiate learners of French used model text resources in writing a letter-manifesto and what their perceptions were of participation in…
Descriptors: French, College Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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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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Mishima, Masakazu; Cheng, Lixia – L2 Journal, 2017
This pilot study explored the instructional value and potential of a computer-mediated shadowing activity for improving English as a Second Language (ESL) learners' speech intelligibility. Prospective International Teaching Assistants (ITAs), who were enrolled in an ESL classroom communication class at a large public university, completed a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Skills, Computer Uses in Education, Second Language Instruction
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Paesani, Kate – L2 Journal, 2017
In response to calls for curricular change in foreign language programs and institutional requirements to evaluate programmatic effectiveness, this article presents a backward design approach to the redesign of an introductory French curriculum grounded in the framing concept of cultural literacy. In addition, data from student evaluations,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Second Language Instruction, French, Cultural Literacy
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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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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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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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McGregor, Janice – L2 Journal, 2016
We live in a time of unmatched global mobility and correspondingly, the number of U.S.-American students studying abroad continues to increase. For years now, applied linguists have displayed an increased interest in study abroad students' perspectives and desires about second language (L2) learning and use while abroad. Yet few studies have…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, German, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Kinginger, Celeste – L2 Journal, 2016
In qualitative research on Americans in study abroad contexts, female gender often emerges as problematic, with young women portrayed as hapless victims of sexual harassment. The assumption underlying interpretation of these studies appears to maintain that female students are victimized because they find themselves in places where inherently…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Personal Narratives, Student Attitudes, Sexual Harassment
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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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Michelson, Kristen; Dupuy, Beatrice – L2 Journal, 2014
Recent scholarship has proposed a pedagogy of multiliteracies to frame FL curricula and instruction, and encourage critical reflection about language use through a variety of discourses and textual genres. One pedagogical framework conducive to fostering learners' intersemiotic awareness is Global Simulation (GS). GS consists in the creation of a…
Descriptors: Multiliteracies, Second Language Instruction, French, Simulation
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