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Van Batenburg, Eline S. L.; Oostdam, Ron J.; Van Gelderen, Amos J. S.; Fukkink, Ruben G.; De Jong, Nivja H. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Little is known about the effects of different instructional approaches on learner affect in oral interaction in the foreign language classroom. In a randomized experiment with Dutch pre-vocational learners (N = 147), we evaluated the effects of 3 newly developed¬†instructional programs for English as a foreign language (EFL). These programs…
Descriptors: Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Graus, Johan; Coppen, Peter-Arno – Modern Language Journal, 2017
It is widely accepted that teacher cognitions--what teachers know, think, and believe--play a significant part in teachers' decision-making processes. The present study investigated the specific cognitions that 74 Dutch undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) had on grammar instruction and how these…
Descriptors: Grammar, Focus Groups, Interviews, Second Language Learning
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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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Knezic, Dubravka; Elbers, Ed; Wubbels, Theo; Hajer, Maaike – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article presents a quasi-experimental study into the effects of a course offered to subject matter student teachers that focused on Socratic Dialogue as a way to enhance their interactional scaffolding of advanced second language learning. Within the framework of the sociocultural theory of learning and second language acquisition, the study…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Dialogs (Language), Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Second Language Learning
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Michel, Marije C. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
The present study explores the use of conjunctions in simple versus complex argumentative tasks performed by second language (L2) learners as a specific measure for the amount of reasoning involved in task performance. The Cognition Hypothesis (Robinson, 2005) states that an increase in cognitive task complexity promotes improvements in L2…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Second Language Learning, Linguistic Performance, Language Usage
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Bugel, Karin; Buunk, Bram P. – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Tests the hypothesis that, owing to sex differences in prior knowledge and interests, the topic of a text is an important factor explaining sex-based differences in student scores on foreign-language tests. Results indicate that differences between the sexes in prior knowledge contribute to sex differences in foreign-language reading…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, High School Students
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Hulstijn, Jan H.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Compares the acquisition of vocabulary by Dutch advanced students of French reading a French story in one of three text reading conditions: marginal glosses; dictionary; or control. Results indicate that frequency of word occurrence fosters incidental vocabulary learning more when the first two conditions exist. (40 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: College Students, Context Effect, Dictionaries, Foreign Countries
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Kuhlemeier, Hans; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1996
Studies the relationship between Dutch students' attitudes toward German, the course material, and the teacher and students' achievements in German. Results show that students having positive attitudes achieved more than those with negative attitudes and that students enrolled in a communicative course had more positive attitudes than those in a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communicative Competence (Languages), Foreign Countries, German
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Koster, Cor J. – Modern Language Journal, 1986
Discusses the effect of a 10-week, 40-hour program used to prepare 16,000 elementary school (ES) teachers to teach English when it becomes compulsory in Dutch elementary schools. A second issue examined is the competency level an ES teacher must reach to teach a foreign language in elementary school. (SED)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, English (Second Language), FLES, Foreign Countries
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Nixon, St. John – Modern Language Journal, 1968
Development of an intensive course in English which is offered to Dutch businessmen at the Netherland's School of Business is described in this article. The duration, scope, and level of the two-week conversational course are examined with particular emphasis on problems characteristic of this type of program. The author includes a sample program…
Descriptors: Business Education, Business English, Conversational Language Courses, Curriculum Development