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Cox, Jerry L. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Describes a method for teaching German adjective endings using a simple syntagmatic approach that predicts the endings on the basis of relevant linguistic features supplied by the context. (EKN)
Descriptors: Adjectives, Determiners (Languages), German, Morphology (Languages)
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Bernhardt, Elizabeth B. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Presents data on the impact of oral and silent reading on reading comprehension. Hypothesizes that reading comprehension is enhanced significantly by silent, rather than oral reading, and that re-reading is an effective mode for increasing comprehension in either mode. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Analysis, German, Language Research
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Hahn, Sidney L. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Describes an experimental pilot project designed to encourage positive attitudes in young children toward children of different cultures through participation in planned activities. (EKN)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, Global Approach, Multicultural Education
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Abrate, Jayne Halsne – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Many unexplored possibilities remain for comprehensive and systematic use of popular song in the foreign language classroom. The song is both a pedagogical tool (for listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, conversation, composition, culture, and history) and a subject for literary study. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, French, Instructional Materials, Literature Appreciation
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Wesche, Marjorie Bingham – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Underlying concepts and current issues in communicative testing are described, and several promising approaches to developing communicative tests are outlined. It is suggested that appropriate testing is likely to have dramatic effects on the format and content of foreign language curricula and on student motivation because of increased relevance.…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Tests, Linguistic Competence, Literature Reviews
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McKay, Sandra Lee – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Compares three major types of syllabi--structural, situational, and notional--to determine how the last differs from the others. For each, the author examines its focus, its basis for selecting and ordering materials, and its typical manner of presentation. Discusses in considerable detail macro- and microstrategies consistent with the notional…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Instructional Materials, Language Styles
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Hendrickson, James M. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Examines the role of constructive feedback in adult foreign language error correction. Gives guidelines applying to written work and discusses indirect and direct correction treatments. While stressing the value of the former as an opportunity for discovery learning, favors a combination of the two as the most effective technique. (MES)
Descriptors: Error Analysis (Language), Feedback, Higher Education, Second Language Instruction
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Schulz, Renate A. – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Discusses literature readability in foreign language classrooms. Gives results of study stressing use of predictive statistical device to determine difficulty students will encounter when reading specific literary texts. Suggests linguistic complexity of a text affects accessibility, comprehensibility, and enjoyability, and this should be looked…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Higher Education, Media Selection, Readability
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Carton, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Offers guideline for the typical continuing education noncredit course, discussing the restrictions imposed by the minimal number of contact hours and the heterogeneous grouping of students. Recommends independently structured learning modules and a thematic approach, using practical conversational language and lively class activities. (MES)
Descriptors: Adults, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Continuing Education
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Brink, Dan – Modern Language Journal, 1986
A general technique for customizing computer printers (with the MS-DOS or PC-DOS software) to the special needs of foreign language professionals is described, and examples are presented. This "detour" technique can be used to turn the printer into a typewriter and send character sequences to the printer. (CB)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programing), Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Programing
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Blyth, Carl – Modern Language Journal, 1997
Demonstrates how a constructivist approach to teacher education helps inexperienced teachers understand learning and teaching of aspect, a core grammatical concept. By consciously experiencing the process of narration, apprentice teachers construct deeper awareness of form/meaning aspectual correlations of the target language. More generally,…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Constructivism (Learning), Grammar, Language Patterns
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Bragger, Jeannette D. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Describes process and gives examples by which contradiction is introduced in a course using Total Physical Response approach. Gives students opportunity to say "no" and come up with an alternative while demonstrating understanding of original command. (BK)
Descriptors: French, Instructional Innovation, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods