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Roehr, Karen; Ganem-Gutierrez, Gabriela Adela – Language Awareness, 2009
This study investigated second language metalinguistic knowledge, or explicit knowledge about the second language, in English-speaking university-level learners of German and Spanish. The status of metalinguistic knowledge in relation to the individual difference variables of language-learning aptitude, working memory for language, and…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Individual Differences, Short Term Memory, Learning Experience
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Zhou, Ally A. – Language Awareness, 2009
Linguistic accuracy plays an important role in the quality of written texts, yet the explicit teaching of linguistic form--particularly grammar--for the purpose of improving learners' writing has generated an ongoing debate. Furthermore, students' voices about their learning are often ignored because they are perceived as not knowing what they…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Learning Problems, Grammar, Interviews
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2009
Two hundred and ninety-six English majors at universities in Poland, Austria and Hong Kong were given a 50-item questionnaire designed to evaluate their knowledge of grammatical terminology. The main aim was to identify whether the three populations were subject to differing "terminological cultures". This was found to be substantially…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Foreign Countries
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Rosstad, Rune – Language Awareness, 2009
Non-linguists' perceptions of language in use are generally considered to be strongly influenced by evaluative factors: attitudes, values and ideology. Such a perspective represents a somewhat biased approach to ordinary people's knowledge about language, which is characteristic of both sociolinguistics and its sub-branch, perceptual dialectology.…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Metalinguistics, Interviews, Norwegian
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Pahissa, Isabel; Tragant, Elsa – Language Awareness, 2009
This study describes the grammar-related behaviours of three experienced non-native teachers of English working in state secondary schools in Catalonia and investigates what beliefs may explain, from the teachers' point of view, these behaviours; it also examines what factors in their turn determine these beliefs. The results uncover three…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Martinovic, Dragana; Dlamini, S. Nombuso – Language Awareness, 2009
In this paper we offer an incident that exemplifies one of multiple strategies internationally educated teacher candidates (IETC) use to survive practicum experiences. More specifically, we present an incident that demonstrates teacher candidates' strategic way of using words, such as "good" and "fine", to disguise true…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Practicums, Preservice Teachers, Language Usage
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Dillon, Anna M. – Language Awareness, 2009
During an investigation into the L2 proficiency and L3 acquisition skills of 10- to 12-year-olds in Irish primary schools, questions of metalinguistic awareness and cross-linguistic influence were raised. Do children who are more balanced bilinguals develop a higher sense of metalinguistic awareness than less balanced bilinguals? What evidence of…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Language of Instruction, Language Tests, Foreign Countries
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Maun, Ian – Language Awareness, 2009
This paper examines the difficulty in reading French experienced by English students at Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS), taken at age 17, and the need for vocabulary learning to assist comprehension. Research has shown that intermediate learners need knowledge of some 5000 word families, and that specifications for the General Certificate of…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, French, Reading Difficulties, Second Language Learning
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Boyle, Ronald – Language Awareness, 2009
In the past two decades, vocabulary researchers have determined the number of word families that an undergraduate needs to know in order to read effectively in English, and further work has examined vocabulary size among Indonesian university students. What this research has so far not considered, however, is the distinction in the learner's…
Descriptors: Test Results, Vocabulary Development, Bilingualism, Undergraduate Students
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Armengol, Lurdes; Cots, Josep M. – Language Awareness, 2009
This paper analyses how two multicompetent speakers engage with protocolling, i.e. verbalising their thoughts, while writing in two languages different from their first. The study explores how procedure- and language-related episodes of awareness affect both the writing process itself and the written product. The research draws on current issues…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Protocol Analysis, Multilingualism, Writing Processes
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Niu, Ruiying – Language Awareness, 2009
It is now generally agreed that "output" functions to promote language learning through focus on form. Empirical studies reveal that oral communicative tasks can arouse learners' negotiation of meaning, but they are not so effective in bringing about focus on form. Hence, researchers have suggested using collaborative writing tasks to…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Oliveira, Ana Luisa; Anca, Maria Helena – Language Awareness, 2009
When considering the extent to which plurilingualism nowadays shapes "every facet of human life" (Aronin & Singleton, 2008, p. 8), especially within European member states, one understands the reason why individual plurilingualism has become a benchmark in education, raising concerns in improving the quality of communication among…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Metalinguistics, Multilingualism, Role
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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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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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Pomphrey, Cathy; Burley, Suzanne – Language Awareness, 2009
This article attempts to recontextualise the dimensions of teacher language awareness (LA) highlighted by Svalberg ((2007) "Language awareness and language learning." "Language Teaching," 40, 287-308) by emphasising the role of pedagogy in achieving coherence in language education across the subjects of English (L1) and Modern…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Metalinguistics, Modern Languages, English
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