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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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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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Norton, Julie E.; Gieve, Simon – Language Awareness, 2010
This paper explores how "native" and "non-native" speaker identities are created in the discourse of television lifestyle, travel, and documentary genres where an English "native speaker" audience is assumed. It presents a coding system for analysing the representation of actors in television programmes and examines…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Native Speakers, Television
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Clark, Lynn; Schleef, Erik – Language Awareness, 2010
In order to achieve full native-like competence in a second language, speakers must also acquire sociolinguistic awareness in that language. This paper reports the results of a study investigating the acquisition of sociolinguistic awareness among immigrant Polish adolescents learning English in the UK. This paper asks whether Polish-born…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Adolescents, Peer Groups, English (Second Language)
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Kiely, Richard – Language Awareness, 2009
This paper explores the role of language awareness (LA) in the learning experience of students on a one-year full-time master's programme in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Britain. It shows how LA drives their general English language knowledge and academic literacy skills, and supports an appropriate learner identity…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Language Role, Learning Processes, Learning Experience
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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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Palfreyman, David – Language Awareness, 1993
This article examined the English language knowledge of four trainee English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) teachers, two who were native speakers of English and two who were nonnative speakers. An analysis of lesson-planning discussions found that the nonnative teachers had more developed and context-oriented models of language and learning than the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Attitudes, Language Teachers