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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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Carton, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 1977
Outlines a "post office" lesson used in foreign language teaching. Students write postcards to each other and class conversation becomes a realistic exercise in asking directions to the Post Office, price of postage, methods of mailing, etc. (CHK)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Games, French
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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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Green, John M. – Modern Language Journal, 1993
A study investigated the effectiveness of communicative and noncommunicative class activities for English second-language instruction in relation to student perceptions of the degree to which those activities were enjoyable. Results indicate a positive correlation between enjoyableness and perceived effectiveness but do not show a causal…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Comparative Analysis