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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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Thomas, Kavita E. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study introduces an approach to providing corrective feedback to L2 learners termed analogy-based corrective feedback that is motivated by analogical learning theories and syntactic alignment in dialogue. Learners are presented with a structurally similar synonymous version of their output where the erroneous form is corrected, and they must…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Error Correction, Feedback (Response), Grammar
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Graus, Johan; Coppen, Peter-Arno – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study explored the role teacher education plays in influencing student teachers' pedagogical grammar cognitions--defined as what student teachers know, think, and believe regarding grammar instruction--on the premise that investigating the impact of teacher education (or lack thereof) is more fruitful when considering it the result of complex…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Grammar, Schemata (Cognition), English (Second Language)
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Peltonen, Pauliina – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Many factors influencing second language (L2) speech fluency have been widely studied, but the effects of first language (L1) fluency on L2 speech fluency are still relatively poorly understood. In contrast to mostly quantitative previous studies, the present study adopted a mixed methods approach to examining the connections between L1 fluency…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Correlation
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König, Johannes; Tachtsoglou, Sarantis; Lammerding, Sandra; Strauß, Sarah; Nold, Günter; Rohde, Andreas – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The study examines the connection between domain-specific learning opportunities in English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher preparation and preservice EFL teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Using a sample of 444 preservice EFL teachers for secondary schools, it contrasts groups at the end of the 2 phases required in German teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Busse, Vera – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This article explores adolescent students' attitudes toward learning English and other European languages studied at secondary school. The study is based on 2255 qualitative responses to a survey conducted in Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. The data reveal that, although differences between countries shape the experience of foreign…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Language Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation
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Acheson, Kris; Taylor, Justin; Luna, Kera – Modern Language Journal, 2016
An area of research that may shed light on the pressing problem of FL teacher attrition is emotion labor. Emotion labor (or emotional labour), a construct stemming from research in the fields of communication and psychology and focusing mainly on service professionals, has recently been taken up in education literature. Although student emotions…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interviews, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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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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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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Kim, Youjin; Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Robinson's (2001) Cognition Hypothesis claims that more complex tasks promote interaction and language development. This study examined the effect of task complexity in the learning of request-making expressions. Task complexity was operationalized as [+/- reasoning] following Robinson's framework. The study employed a pretest-posttest research…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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
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Feryok, Anne; Oranje, Jo – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Intercultural language teaching and learning has increasingly been adopted in state school systems, yet studies have shown that language teachers struggle to include it in their practice. The aim of this study is to use dynamic systems theory to examine how a German as a foreign language teacher in a New Zealand secondary school adopted a project…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, German, Intercultural Programs, Secondary School Curriculum
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Kubanyiova, Magdalena – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Understanding the relationship between teachers' use of language in teacher-led discourse (TLD; Toth, 2008) and opportunities for L2 development is a well-established area of SLA research. This study examines one teacher's role in creating such opportunities in TLD in her EFL classes in a state secondary school by examining the inner resources…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Techniques, Second Language Instruction
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