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Teo, Timothy; Hoi, Cathy Ka Weng; Gao, Xuesong; Lv, Leining – Modern Language Journal, 2019
In light of popular nationalism on the rise in China and Japan, this inquiry develops and validates a survey instrument to document university students' motivation to learn Japanese in mainland China and explore how the learning of a foreign language may lead to better cross-cultural understanding. A total number of 398 Chinese learners of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Japanese
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Lee, Sheng-Hsun; Kinginger, Celeste – Modern Language Journal, 2018
What becomes of language students who participate in study abroad and then continue their study at home? What part can their memory of in-country living play in shaping subsequent classroom experiences, not only for the students themselves but also for their classmates and teachers? This study explores changes in the motives of a study abroad…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo; Chen, Jing-Yun; Zhang, Zhen – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study examines the lived experiences of identity of 4 Chinese Heritage Language (CHL) students participating in a year-long study abroad program in China. In a narrative inquiry, we draw on 2 mutually complementary theoretical frameworks--the Theory of Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998) and Self-Categorization Theory (Turner et al.,…
Descriptors: Chinese, Heritage Education, Study Abroad, Communities of Practice
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Teng, Lin Sophie; Zhang, Lawrence Jun – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study aimed to validate a newly-developed instrument, The Writing Strategies for Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Questionnaire, with respect to its multifaceted structure of SRL strategies in English as a foreign language (EFL) writing. A total of 790 undergraduate students from 6 universities in Northeast China volunteered to be participants.…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Metacognition, Writing Strategies, English (Second Language)
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Zhang, Xian; Lu, Xiaofei – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This study investigated the relationship between vocabulary learning strategies and vocabulary breadth and depth knowledge. One hundred and fifty first-year university students in China took the Vocabulary Levels Test, a meaning recall task, and the Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge Test. The first two tests were used to elicit two types of vocabulary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, College Freshmen, Language Tests
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Du, Hang – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article is part of a longitudinal study of American college students studying Mandarin in China. Its main data are drawn from monthly speaking events (four sessions with each student) conducted in Chinese with each of 29 participants in a study-abroad program in China. The study yielded these results: (a) Students made significant progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Longitudinal Studies, College Students
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Zhang, Dongbo – Modern Language Journal, 2012
Using structural equation modeling analysis, this study examined the contribution of vocabulary and grammatical knowledge to second language reading comprehension among 190 advanced Chinese English as a foreign language learners. Vocabulary knowledge was measured in both breadth (Vocabulary Levels Test) and depth (Word Associates Test);…
Descriptors: Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Structural Equation Models, Vocabulary Development
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Spring, Madeline K. – Modern Language Journal, 2012
This article offers an overview of how the Language Flagship Program integrates languages for specific purposes (LSP) components into its broader mission of having students graduate with Superior Level linguistic proficiency and cultural competence, thus being well equipped to function as global professionals in the major of their choice. Turning…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Extracurricular Activities, Foreign Countries, Languages for Special Purposes
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Van Der Meij, Hans; Zhao, Xiaoguang – Modern Language Journal, 2010
This study examines the views of teachers and students on the frequency of teacher codeswitching in English major courses in Chinese universities. An important distinction made in the inquiry is the difference between "believed" and "desired" presence in short or long moments of codeswitching. Lessons were recorded to assess…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Code Switching (Language)
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Liu, Dilin; Jiang, Ping – Modern Language Journal, 2009
This article reports on a study that examined the effects of integrating corpus and contextualized lexicogrammar in foreign and second language teaching. The study was conducted in English as a foreign language (EFL) and English as a second language (ESL) courses at 1 Chinese university and 2 U.S. universities, involving 244 participants (236…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Languages, Discovery Learning, Course Content
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Liu, Meihua; Jackson, Jane – Modern Language Journal, 2008
This article reports the results of a study of the unwillingness to communicate, and anxiety of Chinese learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) in English language classrooms. A 70-item survey of 547 first-year undergraduate non-English majors revealed that (a) Most of the students were willing to participate in interpersonal…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Public Speaking, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Fraser, Carol A. – Modern Language Journal, 2007
This study compared first and second language (L1/L2) reading rate and task performance on five tasks (scanning, skimming, normal reading, learning, memorizing) in two groups of Mandarin speakers (Canada group, China group). A repeated measures ANOVA design was used with one between-subject factor (Group), two within-subject factors (Language,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Speed Reading, Reading Rate, Memorization
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Knell, Ellen; Haiyan, Qiang; Miao, Pei; Yanping, Chi; Siegel, Linda S.; Lin, Zhao; Wei, Zhao – Modern Language Journal, 2007
Instruction in English as a foreign language at an early age is becoming more common worldwide even though the effects of this early instruction are not yet known. This study investigated the English and Chinese language performance of students enrolled in early English immersion in a Chinese primary school. In addition, factors that could predict…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Identification, Word Recognition