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Crossley, Scott A.; Louwerse, Max M.; McCarthy, Philip M.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Modern Language Journal, 2007
The opinions of second language learning (L2) theorists and researchers are divided over whether to use authentic or simplified reading texts as the means of input for beginning- and intermediate-level L2 learners. Advocates of both approaches cite the use of linguistic features, syntax, and discourse structures as important elements in support of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Syntax, English (Second Language), Language Research
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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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Chastain, Kenneth – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Describes an experiment designed to determine which language errors interfere to the greatest degree with comprehension by native speakers of the language. For this purpose, an instructor prepared a list of most serious Spanish language errors which was submitted to native speakers for evaluation in terms of comprehension and acceptability. (MES)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Error Analysis (Language), Language Proficiency, Native Speakers
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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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Carton, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 1979
This article outlines the final lesson of a foreign language class based on the theme "Going Out," which provides a review of the entire course work and at the same time provides new vocabulary to the students. (CFM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, French, Language Instruction
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Lalande, John F. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Suggests having foreign language students write business letters to stimulate interest in developing writing skills. This project gives the students the opportunity of travelling abroad vicariously and to collect souvenirs while improving their communication skills in the foreign language. (CFM)
Descriptors: Business Correspondence, Communication Skills, Cultural Education, Culture Contact
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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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Schairer, Karen Earline – Modern Language Journal, 1992
Discusses how native speakers of Spanish, accustomed to dealing with nonnative Spanish speakers, evaluated 18 taped nonnative speech samples that provided a wide sample of pronunciation. Comprehensibility, voice agreeability/ disagreeability, and nativeness of accent were rated. (32 references) (LB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Language Proficiency, Native Speakers, Phonology
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Davis, James N.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1992
Student attitudes toward the study of literature in a foreign language were examined, based on a survey of introduction to literature courses in French and Spanish. Most students revealed positive attitudes. A review of previous research and the survey instrument are included. (38 references) (LB)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, French, Higher Education, Literature Appreciation
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Wolf, Darlene F. – Modern Language Journal, 1993
Data from a study on second-language reading comprehension show that assessment task type, language of assessment, and target language experience uniformly affect learners' ability to demonstrate their reading comprehension. A literature review is included. (Contains 57 references.) (LB)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Second Language Instruction
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Koda, Keiko – Modern Language Journal, 1993
The application of language processing skills between 2 languages with dissimilar morphosyntactic features was investigated with 72 American university students learning Japanese. Results suggest that learners' first- and second-language knowledge both play a significant role and that the linguistic knowledge and coding capability for text…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), English, Japanese, Language Processing
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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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Fox, Cynthia A. – Modern Language Journal, 1993
Some 147 teaching assistants responded to the Survey of First Year Graduate Teaching Assistants in French, part of which focused on handling typical student questions on grammar. Analysis suggests that TAs do not conceptualize language according to the model of communicative competence proposed by Canale and Swain. (36 references) (LB)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), French, Graduate Students, Grammar
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