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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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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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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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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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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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Negueruela-Azarola, Eduardo – Language Awareness, 2011
This narrative interview study of a Spanish learner documents and explains apparent contradictions in a student's story when reporting on why she continues to take Spanish even when she does not like it or perform well in foreign language courses. A dialectical approach to human activity based on sociocultural theory is used to make sense of her…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Interviews
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Chiang, Shiao-Yun; Mi, Han-Fu – Language Awareness, 2011
Reformulation is mostly considered as an important verbal mechanism for coping with non-native speakers' speech production problem in second language acquisition. Drawing on interlanguage pragmatics and conversation analysis, the present study examines the specific ways in which reformulation is used to achieve mutual understanding in the…
Descriptors: College Students, Speech Communication, Metalinguistics, Interlanguage
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Rivers, Damian J. – Language Awareness, 2011
Within the Japanese English Language Teaching context and consistent with the dominant conversation role assigned to the native English speaker teacher, there exists a belief that the most effective manner in which to teach and promote multilingualism and intercultural understanding is through restricting students to monolingual practices and…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Second Language Learning, Ideology, Personal Autonomy
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Evans, Betsy E.; Imai, Terumi – Language Awareness, 2011
This paper reports the results of a survey of 101 Japanese university students' perceptions of different varieties of English using an open-ended questionnaire. Participants indicated their first impressions of varieties of English that they had named. This methodology allows participants themselves to provide the specific varieties as well as the…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Student Attitudes, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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Lee, Lina – Language Awareness, 2011
Using a reactive approach to focus-on-form, this study explored the types of feedback and strategies that L2 learners used to draw attention to linguistic problems in a Spanish-American telecollaborative exchange. Data from the readily available transcripts of online postings were utilised and analysed to report the findings. The results showed…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Grammar, Telecommunications, Error Correction
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Johnson, Stacey Margarita; Nelson, Barbara Mullins – Language Awareness, 2010
While many students in a foreign language classroom are successful at learning the prescribed curriculum, they may never move beyond the grammar and vocabulary to experience transformative learning. On the other hand, students who do not achieve proficiency may experience a perspective transformation as a result of studying a foreign language.…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Second Language Learning, Transformative Learning
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