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Lanvers, Ursula; Doughty, Hannah; Thompson, Amy S. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Debates about the future of UK language learning in the context of Brexit intensified as soon as the referendum outcome was announced. This politicization of language learning, evidenced recently also in the United States and France, falls upon an already difficult context of the United Kingdom in a 'language learning crisis,' and an increasing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Political Issues, Discourse Analysis
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Marsden, Emma; Kasprowicz, Rowena – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This article reports on 2 connected studies that provide data about the flow of research to foreign language (FL) educators in majority Anglophone contexts. The first study investigated exposure to research among FL educators in the United Kingdom using 2 surveys (n = 391; n = 183). The data showed (a) some limited exposure to research via…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Surveys
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Lanvers, Ursula – Modern Language Journal, 2017
Britain's already poor record for language learning might be exacerbated by the Global English phenomenon, in that utilitarian reasons for learning languages other than English are increasingly undermined (Lanvers, 2014; Lo Bianco, 2014). This article offers a state-of-the-art review of UK research on second language (L2) learning motivation and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Models
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Bylund, Emanuel; Athanasopoulos, Panos – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The encoding of goal-oriented motion events varies across different languages. Speakers of languages without grammatical aspect (e.g., Swedish) tend to mention motion endpoints when describing events (e.g., "two nuns walk to a house") and attach importance to event endpoints when matching scenes from memory. Speakers of aspect languages…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Second Language Learning, Native Speakers, Swedish
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Svalberg, Agneta M.-L. – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This article takes the view that grammar is driven by user choices and is therefore complex and dynamic. This has implications for the teaching of grammar in language teacher education and how teachers' cognitions about grammar, and hence their own grammar teaching, might change. In this small, interpretative study, the participants--students on…
Descriptors: Grammar, Student Teachers, Cognitive Processes, Language Acquisition
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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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Creese, Angela; Blackledge, Adrian; Takhi, Jaspreet Kaur – Modern Language Journal, 2014
This article presents a linguistic ethnographic study of a Panjabi complementary school in Birmingham, UK. Researchers observed classes for one academic year, writing field notes, conducting interviews, and making digital audio recordings of linguistic interactions. Sets of beliefs about the production and deployment of certain linguistic signs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Native Speakers, Second Language Instruction, Heritage Education
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Busse, Vera; Walter, Catherine – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article reports on a study involving first-year modern foreign languages students enrolled in German degree courses at two major universities in the United Kingdom. It explores the experience of these students from a motivational angle. A longitudinal mixed-methods approach was employed in order to address the time- and context-sensitive…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Longitudinal Studies, German
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Creese, Angela; Blackledge, Adrian – Modern Language Journal, 2010
This article reports on research that questions commonsense understandings of a bilingual pedagogy predicated on what Cummins refers to as the "two solitudes" assumption. It sets out to describe a flexible bilingual approach to language teaching and learning in Chinese and Gujarati community language schools in the United Kingdom. We…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Bilingual Education, Monolingualism, Foreign Countries
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Coffey, Simon; Street, Brian – Modern Language Journal, 2008
This article reports on a study that analysed life history accounts of language learning. The key aim of the study was to understand how the experience of language learning was discursively constructed through recourse to particular cultural worlds and narrative strategies. The study contributes to the growing field of research using language…
Descriptors: Biographies, Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries
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Sasaki, Miyuki – Modern Language Journal, 2007
This study was a comparison of the changes in English writing behavior of 7 Japanese university students (the study-abroad group) who spent 4 to 9 months in English-speaking countries with those of 6 counterparts majoring in British and American studies (the at-home group) who remained in Japan. The study aimed at confirming the results of Sasaki…
Descriptors: American Studies, Writing Skills, Data Analysis, English (Second Language)