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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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Littlewood, William T. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Suggests teaching methodology for second language teaching which helps learners acquire forms of linguistic system, link forms with meanings they communicate, and progress toward point where they can produce language forms while focusing on the meaning, not the forms themselves. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Language Processing, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Sugano, Marian Zwerling – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Explores special problems posed by idiomatic expressions for learners and teachers of second languages stressing need to integrate idioms into teaching. Presents program providing a classification of idiomatic expressions based on contrastive analysis of Spanish and English. (BK)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English, Idioms, Indo European Languages
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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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Fischer, Robert A. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Presents a learning transfer principle, based on transfer theory and contrastive analysis, as a solution to the inductive-deductive controversy in second language teaching methodology. (AM)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Deduction, Grammar, Induction
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Walmsley, John B. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Reviews current foreign language teaching methodology as it concerns the organization of the lesson into phases, and presents an alternate phase-sequence entailing linguistic environment, application, remedial, monitor, and feedback phases. (AM)
Descriptors: Language Instruction, Learning Theories, Lesson Plans, Psycholinguistics
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Crookes, Graham – Modern Language Journal, 1997
Discussion of important influences on language teachers and their teaching focuses on the social context of the school and on negative and positive influences of administration. Administrative support is suggested as an important means of instructional improvement. Criticisms of foreign language teacher education are examined, and use of critical…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Content, Educational Environment, Instructional Improvement
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Markee, Numa – Modern Language Journal, 1997
Suggests second language acquisition research can help promote change in language teachers' methodological beliefs and practices. Drawing on diffusion of innovations research, an area of sociological inquiry, examines a theoretical framework for understanding change in language education, and discusses practical applications supporting…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Educational Change, Educational Research
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Dornyei, Zoltan – Modern Language Journal, 1994
The social psychological constructs postulated by Garner, Clement et al. are integrated into a proposed new framework of second/foreign language (L2) learning motivation. The proposed model comprises three levels: language, learner, and learning situation. Practical examples for motivating L2 learners are presented. (55 references) (LB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Language Research, Models, Predictor Variables
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Sparks, Richard; Ganschow, Leonore – Modern Language Journal, 1993
A theoretical basis for a first-/second-language link is presented along with an explanation of why current global theories of language are incomplete. Implications for foreign language (FL) methodology and instruction for students with FL learning problems are addressed. (123 references) (LB)
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Research, Learning Problems, Linguistic Theory
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Sudermann, David P.; Cisar, Mary A. – Modern Language Journal, 1992
Foreign Language across the Curriculum (FLAC), a practice that modifies non-FL liberal arts courses to include an FL reading component, is described as implemented at two private colleges. It is concluded that FLAC offers only a token FL benefit to most students. (33 references) (LB)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Curriculum Development, Global Approach, Higher Education
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Walton, A. Ronald – Modern Language Journal, 1993
The enrollment growth of Japanese language courses in U.S. K-12 classrooms has resulted in a strain on delivery systems due limited teacher training programs, materials, and standardized tests. A new Johns Hopkins/College Board project to develop a national curricular framework is described. (LB)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Japanese
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Brink, Dan – Modern Language Journal, 1986
To solve the software piracy problem in education, teachers and professionals in positions of responsibility relative to computing must refuse to "go along with" the practice of unauthorized piracy. Software producers must work out agreements that will permit educational institutions to have quality software at reasonable prices. (CB)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Business Responsibility, Computer Software, Copyrights
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