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Dávila, Liv T. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Creative manipulations of language have long been recognized as important aspects of second language development. Research has largely examined playful language within adult foreign language classrooms; however, less attention has been given to the pragmatic use of humor among adolescent multilingual learners of English. Drawing on oral…
Descriptors: Humor, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Sparks, Richard L.; Luebbers, Julie; Castaneda, Martha; Patton, Jon – Modern Language Journal, 2018
A unique anxiety for foreign language (L2) learning has been hypothesized to explain students' problems with language learning. However, L2 anxiety instruments have been challenged on the grounds that they reflect students' language learning ability and/or perceptions of their language learning skills. In this study, 266 U.S. high school students…
Descriptors: High School Students, Spanish, Anxiety, Second Language Learning
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Van de Guchte, Marrit; Braaksma, Martine; Rijlaarsdam, Gert; Bimmel, Peter – Modern Language Journal, 2015
In the present study, we examine the effects of prompts and recasts on the acquisition of two new and different grammar structures in a task-based learning environment. Sixty-four 14-year-old 9th grade students (low intermediate) learning German as a foreign language were randomly assigned to three conditions: two experimental groups (one…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Prompting
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Haim, Orly – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The study addresses the degree of transfer of literacy dimensions of academic proficiency (AP), that is, reading comprehension and writing, across three languages--Russian (L1), Hebrew (L2), and English (L3)--and investigates whether a common conceptual source underlies the linguistic and cognitive operations of the trilingual learner (Grosjean,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Holistic Approach, Immigrants
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Gablasova, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 2014
This study investigated the acquisition of specialized vocabulary from L1 and L2 textbook reading by 64 Slovak high school students who were intermediate or advanced users of English. The students were divided into two groups: One group read the academic texts in their L1, the other group in their L2. In a posttest and a delayed posttest, they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, English (Second Language), Vocabulary Development
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Yuldashev, Aziz; Fernandez, Julieta; Thorne, Steven L. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
Research has described the key role of formulaic language use in both written and spoken communication (Schmitt, 2004; Wray, 2002), as well as in relation to L2 learning (Ellis, Simpson--Vlach, & Maynard, 2008). Relatively few studies have examined related fixed and semi-fixed multi-word units (MWUs), which comprise fixed parts with the potential…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Electronic Publishing, High School Students
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Ardasheva, Yuliya; Tretter, Thomas R. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
As the school-aged English language learner (ELL) population continues to grow in the United States and other English-speaking countries, psychometrically sound instruments to measure their language learning strategies (LLS) become ever more critical. This study adapted and validated an adult-oriented measure of LLS (50-item "Strategy…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies, Measures (Individuals)
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Moeller, Aleidine J.; Theiler, Janine M.; Wu, Chaorong – Modern Language Journal, 2012
The connection between goals and student motivation has been widely investigated in the research literature, but the relationship of goal setting and student achievement at the classroom level has remained largely unexplored. This article reports the findings of a 5-year quasi-experimental study examining goal setting and student achievement in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Language Proficiency, Student Motivation
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Nishino, Takako – Modern Language Journal, 2012
This study investigates the relationship among Japanese high school teachers' beliefs, their practices, and socioeducational factors regarding communicative language teaching (CLT). A multimethods approach was used consisting of a survey, interviews, and class observations. A Teacher Beliefs Questionnaire was sent to 188 randomly selected Japanese…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Secondary School Teachers
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Miller, Elizabeth R.; Zuengler, Jane – Modern Language Journal, 2011
In line with situated learning perspectives, this article explores the notion of learners' access to participation in social practices. While agreeing with the premise that access to participation in communities of practice is foundational for learning, we problematize simplistic notions of access by investigating how it is sometimes sought after,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Learning Processes
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Garcia, Ofelia; Sylvan, Claire E. – Modern Language Journal, 2011
Bilingual classrooms most often have strict language arrangements about when and who should speak what language to whom. This practice responds to diglossic arrangements and models of bilingualism developed in the 20th century. However, in the 21st century, heteroglossic bilingual conceptualizations are needed in which the complex discursive…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Multilingualism, Experiential Learning, Immigrants
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Jeon, Eun Hee – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This study investigates the contribution of second-language (L2) morphological awareness to foreign language reading comprehension. Tenth graders (n = 188) at a South Korean high school were assessed on 6 reading- and language-related variables: phonological decoding, listening comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, passage-level reading…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Morphology (Languages)
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Swain, Merrill; Lapkin, Sharon; Knouzi, Ibtissem; Suzuki, Wataru; Brooks, Lindsay – Modern Language Journal, 2009
In this article we explore the process and product of languaging as it concerns the learning of the grammatical concept of voice (active, passive, and middle) in French. We examine and analyze the amount and type of languaging produced by a small sample of university students as they struggle to understand the concept of voice. Students who are…
Descriptors: Grammar, French, College Students, Comparative Analysis
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Rosen, Russell S. – Modern Language Journal, 2008
The last 2 decades witnessed a growth in American Sign Language (ASL) as a foreign language in U.S. secondary schools. This overview of the current state of ASL as a foreign language in the schools consists of a history and a survey. The information on history was drawn from a study conducted by Rosen (2006). This history is followed by a national…
Descriptors: High Schools, Second Languages, Program Implementation, American Sign Language
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Graham, Suzanne J. – Modern Language Journal, 2004
This article reports on the findings of an investigation into the attitudes of English students aged 16 to 19 years towards French and how they view the reasons behind their level of achievement. Those students who attributed success to effort, high ability, and effective learning strategies had higher levels of achievement, and students intending…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, French, Academic Achievement