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Bell, Phillipa K.; Collins, Laura – Language Awareness, 2009
Research has shown that second language (L2) learners that become aware of linguistic features during grammar-based tasks are better able to process these features on a posttest compared to learners that do not focus on these features. However, much L2 input does not come in the form of grammar-based tasks. This study investigates whether learners…
Descriptors: Nouns, Protocol Analysis, Metalinguistics, Incidental Learning
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Lyster, Roy; Collins, Laura; Ballinger, Susan – Language Awareness, 2009
The present study was carried out in French immersion classrooms in an urban Quebec school board that is increasingly characterised by the heterogeneity of its French-dominant, English-dominant, and French/English bilingual student population. The study explored the extent to which a bilingual read-aloud project would (1) raise teachers' awareness…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Metalinguistics, Cooperation, Foreign Countries
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White, Joanna; Munoz, Carmen; Collins, Laura – Language Awareness, 2007
This paper reports on two studies that investigated the effectiveness of a contrastive analysis type of pedagogical intervention, which aimed to promote interlanguage development in the use and understanding of English possessive determiners (PDs) among adolescent second language (L2) learners. The first research question asked whether explicit…
Descriptors: Intervention, Form Classes (Languages), Interlanguage, English (Second Language)
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Collins, Laura – Language Awareness, 2005
The purpose of this study was to investigate how retrospective verbal reports can contribute to our understanding of the factors influencing the interlanguage development of tense and grammatical aspect. The goal was to gain insights into (1) the mental representations second language learners hold of tense and grammatical aspect, and (2) the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Adult Learning, Hypothesis Testing