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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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Feeny, Thomas – Modern Language Journal, 1977
Use of challenge questioning is an approach to stimulating classroom conversation in a foreign language. Students ask questions, based on a reading selection, whose answers are not clearly given in the text. The instructor or other students are challenged to respond, and spontaneous conversation is facilitated. (CHK)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Audiolingual Skills, Classroom Techniques, Language Instruction
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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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Glisan, Eileen W.; Drescher, Victor – Modern Language Journal, 1993
A study examined the occurrence of specific grammatical structures (double object pronouns, nominalization with "lo," demonstrative adjectives/pronouns, and possessive adjectives/pronouns) in oral samples of native speaker Spanish and compared the results with the treatment of the structures in six beginning-level college Spanish textbooks.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Grammar, Higher Education, Language Patterns
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Valdes, Guadalupe; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1992
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines are first reviewed and analyzed, followed by an analysis of the Spanish language writing produced by students at a very selective, private university who were enrolled at different levels of Spanish language study. (75 references) (LB)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Private Colleges
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Fryer, T. Bruce; Day, James T. – Modern Language Journal, 1993
An established preintern language program, the interdisciplinary Master's in International Business Studies at the University of South Carolina, is described. Graduate survey results suggest the importance of the internships but also some need to link culture studies more closely with language studies. The questionnaire is appended. (25…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Cultural Awareness, Education Work Relationship, Field Experience Programs
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Azevedo, Milton M. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
This article presents a survey of textbooks for second-year college Spanish courses published in the last ten years. (CFM)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction
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Garrison, David L. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Outlines a lesson in a college Spanish class in which the students were shown the close relationship between Spanish and Portuguese. This kind of class not only makes the students more conscious of the relatedness of languages but also can stimulate their interest in studying another language. (CFM)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Motivation Techniques