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Woll, Nina – Language Awareness, 2019
While metalinguistic awareness (MLA) has been shown to play a crucial role in second and third language acquisition, a variety of methodological approaches point to the difficulty of operationalising the concept. The present study provides a critical analysis of MLA in relation to its measurement by means of a French-language test of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes
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Radinger, Sandra – Language Awareness, 2018
This paper discusses the relationship between language awareness and agency by means of a follow-up analysis of language diary based interviews with refugees and locals in Vienna collected in 2016. Based on the previous insights gained about the availablity of linguistic resources, the study puts forward arguments for relating the question of…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Case Studies, Refugees, Discourse Analysis
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Watanabe, Yutai – Language Awareness, 2017
As a case study of non-linguists' perceptions of accent, this paper investigates how accurately and on what basis Japanese-accented English (JAE) is discernible from other L2 varieties of English in New Zealand (NZ). The paper sheds light on how a feature salient in speech is associated with the perceived sociolinguistic identity of speakers. An…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Japanese, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Tsang, Art – Language Awareness, 2017
Learning whether English nouns are countable or not is a source of great difficulty for many ESL/EFL learners. In the present study, a grammaticality judgement task comprised of a range of nouns representative of the different facets of the countability system in English was distributed to 82 native speakers of English (NSs) and 98 non-native…
Descriptors: Morphemes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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French, Leif M.; Beaulieu, Suzie – Language Awareness, 2016
The present study evaluated the effects of explicit instruction on advanced French second language (L2) learners' (n = 18) contextually appropriate use of two stylistic variables (/l/ deletion vs. retention and "ne" deletion vs. retention) using two different task types. A planned and unplanned oral task was used to assess students'…
Descriptors: French, Language Styles, Native Speakers, Teaching Methods
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Fajardo, Guadalupe Ruiz; Torres-Guzmán, María E. – Language Awareness, 2016
This study looks at a case study research on a language awareness workshop in a New York public school with a dual language (Spanish/English) program. A learner-centred lesson, taught in Spanish, focused on basic personal information exchanges for in-service teachers who taught only in English and who had some limited knowledge of Spanish. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies, Workshops, Spanish
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Gnevsheva, Ksenia – Language Awareness, 2016
We know little about what raters rely on when participating in accentedness perception tasks as their qualitative comments are rarely scrutinised. At the same time, we know that (assumed) social information influences listener behaviour. This study investigates rater attitudes to and stereotypes about speakers of different varieties of English,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Auditory Perception, Stereotypes, Grammar
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Saito, Kazuya; Shintani, Natsuko – Language Awareness, 2016
The current study examined how two groups of native speakers--monolingual Canadians and multilingual Singaporeans--differentially perceive foreign accentedness in spontaneous second language (L2) speech. The Singaporean raters, who had exposure to various models of English and also spoke multiple L2s on a daily basis, demonstrated more lenient…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), North American English
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Mora, Joan C.; Rochdi, Youssef; Kivistö-de Souza, Hanna – Language Awareness, 2014
This study investigated Spanish-speaking learners' awareness of a non-distinctive phonetic difference between Spanish and English through a delayed mimicry paradigm. We assessed learners' speech production accuracy through voice onset time (VOT) duration measures in word-initial pre-vocalic /p t k/ in Spanish and English words, and in Spanish…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Phonological Awareness, English, Spanish
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Xu, Hainu; Lyster, Roy – Language Awareness, 2014
This study explores whether and to what degree explicit form-focused instruction (FFI) facilitates the use of morphosyntactic forms in second language oral production and also whether it has differential effects on morphosyntactic forms with different linguistic variables. Twenty-seven university-level Chinese EFL participants were randomly…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Syntax, Pretests Posttests, English (Second Language)
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Nguyen, Thi Thuy Minh – Language Awareness, 2013
Previous research has shown that learners of English might experience considerable difficulty when giving constructive criticism to peers in instructional settings. Unlike native speakers, they tend to soften their criticism far less frequently while aggravating it far more often, and thus require pedagogical help in this area. The present study…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Criticism, Feedback (Response)
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Alderson, J. Charles; Hudson, Richard – Language Awareness, 2013
It is often asserted that UK school-leavers know less grammatical terminology than in earlier years. However, objective data on this supposed phenomenon are somewhat scarce. The study reported in this paper aimed to see whether and to what extent knowledge about language (KaL) has declined over three decades, and how this might relate to…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Hondo, Junko – Language Awareness, 2012
In an analysis of learners' reflections taken in real time, this study attempts to unveil what learners attend to during a task session. A total of 110 Japanese learners of English noted rationales for their form selections of epistemic modal verbs. The data were then coded and tallied to enable quantitative analysis and to examine the association…
Descriptors: Japanese, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Mitrofanova, Yelena – Language Awareness, 2012
The study investigates the importance of EFL (English as a foreign language) students' awareness of English extended pitch sequences realised within complex utterances and text sub-topics. Considering these higher levels of intonation functioning alongside with the tone group turned out to be crucial for adequate intonation production by Russian…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students
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White, Joanna L.; Horst, Marlise – Language Awareness, 2012
This study is part of a larger investigation of the usefulness of instruction designed to raise cross-linguistic awareness in young Francophone learners of English in Quebec. In the research reported here, the focus is on cognates. Since previous research shows that learners typically fail to recognise many helpful similarities between words in a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Metalinguistics, Native Speakers, French
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