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Koda, Keiko – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Explores conceptual syntheses advancing second language (L2) word recognition research and uncovers agendas relating to cross-linguistic examinations of L2 processing in a cohort of undergraduate students in France. Describes connections between word recognition and reading, overviews the connectionist construct, and illustrates cross-linguistic…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, College Students, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Prince, Peter – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Discusses an experiment in testing college students in France on their recall of newly learned English words in order to compare the advantages and disadvantages of context and translation learning as a function of learner proficiency. Results reveal a superiority of translation learning in terms of quantity, but an inability of weaker learners to…
Descriptors: College Students, Context Effect, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Hershberg, David; van Fleet, James A. – Modern Language Journal, 1987
Describes goals, participants, legal considerations, costs, community support, and results of the work exchange program between the University of Louisville (Kentucky) and Montpellier, France, designed to promote maximum language skill development and cultural understanding at the least possible cost to participants. (CB)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Community Support, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries
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Kinginger, Celeste – Modern Language Journal, 1998
Analysis of French used in teleconferences between American and French university students, relative to technical and discursive dimensions and learners' Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), found much of the language used was beyond these learners' capability, due to heightened classroom anxiety and differences in language varieties used by…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Discourse Analysis
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Taillefer, Gail F. – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Discusses the notion of a language proficiency threshold that short circuits the transfer of reading ability from the native language (L1) to a second language (L2). This study, in which cognitive complexity of tasks and students' L2 proficiency levels vary, focuses on university students in France reading preprofessional English texts. (39…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, College Students, English (Second Language), English for Academic Purposes
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Rossman, Edward – Modern Language Journal, 1975
The preparation of a tape-slide presentation of life in Lyon, France, for use in French classes is described. The presentation is divided into three parts: "History and Tradition,""Lyon Changes," and "A Walk in the Croix-Rousse." Use of the presentation in the classroom is described. (RM)
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Educational Media, French
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Savignon, Sandra J. – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Describes the experience of three American children learning French in a francophone environment. Discusses the patterns of French language use that emerged during their first year in Paris, identifying four distinct stages, and suggests criteria for measuring learners' success. Emphasizes communication and functional language skills rather than…
Descriptors: Children, Communicative Competence (Languages), Evaluation Criteria, French
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Ensz, Kathleen Y. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Presents study conducted in France to determine which errors typically made by French-speaking Americans (errors in pronunciation, vocabulary, or grammar) are most objectionable to the French ear. Concludes grammatical errors were rated least tolerable. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Error Analysis (Language), Foreign Countries, French