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Willoughby, Louisa; Starks, Donna; Taylor-Leech, Kerry – Language Awareness, 2015
Adolescence is a time in young people's lives when identities are being constructed and what their friends say is particularly important. The teenage years are a critical period in terms of attitudes to language, yet there have been relatively few studies of student metalanguage and, to our knowledge, no studies which have considered age-graded…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Metalinguistics, Self Concept, Foreign Countries
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Planchon, Anita; Ellis, Elizabeth – Language Awareness, 2014
This study sought to contribute to the growing literature on third and subsequent language learning by establishing whether bilingualism has an effect on ability to learn a subsequent language, as indicated by a measure of language aptitude, the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB). Test results were obtained for 142 diplomatic officers in the…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Aptitude Tests
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Yoshida, Reiko – Language Awareness, 2013
Based on sociocultural and contextual perspectives, this study examines how Japanese language learners perceive a conflict between their beliefs and actions when speaking the target language in the classroom context, and how these learners change their beliefs or actions to overcome the conflict. Data were collected during a second-year level…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Intercultural Communication, Student Attitudes, Conflict
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Philp, Jenefer; Iwashita, Noriko – Language Awareness, 2013
This study examines whether the process of interacting in a second language, versus observing others interact, may differentially affect learner's awareness of language. This study involved 26 university students of intermediate-level French. Two experimental groups, Interactors and Observers, engaged in three sessions of dyadic task-based…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Zhang, Weimin; Hu, Guiling – Language Awareness, 2008
This pilot project investigates second language (L2) learners' attitudes towards three varieties of English: American (AmE), British (BrE) and Australian (AuE). A 69-word passage spoken by a female speaker of each variety was used. Participants were 30 Chinese students pursuing Masters or Doctoral degrees in the United States, who listened to each…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Pilot Projects, Second Language Learning, Likert Scales
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Teramoto, Hiromi; Mickan, Peter – Language Awareness, 2008
This paper analyses the first author's experiences in writing a critical review at the beginning of postgraduate study in Australia. Utilising the first author's position as both a researcher and the researched, the paper provides a narrative account of her stage-by-stage progress in writing a review, followed by an interpretive analysis from a…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Learning Processes, Foreign Countries, Criticism
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Sharifian, Farzad – Language Awareness, 2008
This paper discusses issues surrounding the use of Australian Aboriginal English in the classroom in the light of a recent survey. Aboriginal English is often correlated with low academic performance and poor school attendance. The paper argues that in any discussion of the school role of students' home talk, a range of factors need to be…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Attendance, School Role, Foreign Countries
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Bell, Joyce – Language Awareness, 2007
The importance of reading for academic study cannot be overemphasised. At the postgraduate level in particular, students are faced with complex text interpretation processes. International students, in addition, have to make a significant cultural/study shift; not only do they have to become accustomed to the reading of academic texts using…
Descriptors: Indians, Metacognition, Foreign Students, Graduate Students
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Elder, Catherine; Manwaring, Diane – Language Awareness, 2004
The role of metalinguistic knowledge in learning a foreign/second language is the subject of continuing debate. In this paper we report on a study which explores this issue further with reference to undergraduate students of Chinese as a second/foreign language. The first part of the paper describes the process of developing and validating an…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Outcomes of Education, Undergraduate Students, Chinese
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Bell, Joyce – Language Awareness, 2000
Explores the reading traditions and practices that influence the interpretation of two text types, academic and general text, by postgraduate students from Thailand and India studying in the areas of business, humanities, engineering/science, and health sciences. Data were collected from case studies conducted at an Australian university.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cultural Traits, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Storch, Neomy – Language Awareness, 1998
Reports an Australian study of adult English-as-a-Second-Language learners of intermediate proficiency that compared their performance and examined their attention to grammar on four collaborative tasks. Data from researcher observations, recordings of student pair talk, and individual student retrospections indicated that attention to grammatical…
Descriptors: Adults, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), English for Academic Purposes
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Wales, M. L. – Language Awareness, 1993
Some teaching and learning that occurred in the English on the Job Project, a long-term English-as-a-Second-Language program for immigrant employees in Australia, is reported. Language awareness, which was intentionally exploited or developed to increase second-language (L2) proficiency, had a significant positive effect on L2 development.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Language Proficiency
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Wales, M. L. – Language Awareness, 1996
Describes an attempt at an English grammar program for the first year of secondary schooling in Queensland, Australia linked to the grammatical features introduced in the students' second language programs. Outlines the stages of development, including examination of the second language texts and of English course books and deciding on a…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Grammar, Models