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Li, Shaofeng; Zhu, Yan; Ellis, Rod – Modern Language Journal, 2016
The article reports on a study investigating the comparative effects of immediate and delayed corrective feedback in learning the English past passive construction, a linguistic structure of which the learners had little prior knowledge. A total of 120 learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) from 4 intact classes at a Chinese middle school…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Feedback (Response), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Zhang, Xiaopeng; Dong, Xiaoli – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study examined the effectiveness of Zipfian frequency at facilitating the acquisition of English prenominal past participles. Chinese middle school students (N = 103) were randomly assigned to a sequenced Zipfian frequency (SZF) group, a random Zipfian frequency (RZF) group, a balanced frequency (BF) group, and a control group. A mixed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Fortune, Tara W.; Tedick, Diane J. – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This cross-sectional study used assessments developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics to examine the oral proficiency of 218 K-8 English-proficient students in 4 Spanish immersion programs. Following a comprehensive review of assessment results for English-proficient immersion learners, the article reports findings from statistical analyses.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Language Tests