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Ortega, Lourdes – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The Douglas Fir Group (2016) sought to articulate a transdisciplinary agenda for SLA but said little about multilingualism specifically. Moreover, many multilinguals are under siege in a worrisome world where threats to human difference have risen to the mainstream in the aftermath of Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I argue that…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Justice
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Larsen-Freeman, Diane – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Agency has attracted considerable attention, especially of late. Nevertheless, perceptions of language learners as nonagentive persist. In this article the Douglas Fir Group's call for a transdisciplinary perspective is heeded in a Complex Dynamic Systems Theory's (CDST) conceptualization of agency. It is suggested that CDST maintains the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Ethics, Personal Autonomy, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ellis, Nick C. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Cognition is not just 'in the head'; it extends well beyond the skull and the skin. Non-Cartesian Cognitive Science views cognition as being embodied, environmentally embedded, enacted, encultured, and socially distributed. The Douglas Fir Group (2016) likewise recognizes languages as emergent, social, integrated phenomena. Language is the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Science, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Duff, Patricia A. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Social aspects of second language acquisition (SLA) and the contexts in which people attempt to learn and use languages and seek to become integrated within new and changing cultures have been examined for decades from various theoretical perspectives. In this article, I present some of the ways in which 'social' experience is being theorized in…
Descriptors: Social Influences, Second Language Learning, Context Effect, Cultural Influences
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Hall, Joan Kelly – Modern Language Journal, 2019
A key insight of a transdisciplinary perspective on second language acquisition (SLA) as articulated by the Douglas Fir Group (2016) is its usage-based understanding of language. Evidence on the fundamental role that usage plays in shaping individual language knowledge is no doubt compelling. However, while the force of social interaction in…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Knowledge Level
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LaScotte, Darren; Tarone, Elaine – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Addressing themes from the Douglas Fir Group's (2016) transdisciplinary framework, this paper bridges boundaries between cognitive and social disciplines by showing how social contextual factors can affect the psycholinguistic development of complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) in learner language. Sociolinguistic and sociocultural frameworks…
Descriptors: Context Effect, Psycholinguistics, Language Fluency, Language Skills
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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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Azaz, Mahmoud – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This study examines first language (L1) English transfer in the acquisition of plural noun semantics in second language (L2) Arabic. Drawing on previous research on the L2 acquisition of plural noun interpretation, the study presents and discusses new production data of specific and generic definite plurals by English-speaking learners of Arabic…
Descriptors: Native Language, Transfer of Training, Semitic Languages, Second Language Learning
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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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Norouzian, Reza; de Miranda, Michael; Plonsky, Luke – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Null hypothesis testing has long since been the 'go-to analytic approach' in quantitative second language (L2) research (Norris, 2015, p. 97). To many, however, years of reliance on this approach has resulted in a crisis of inference across the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Rouder et al., 2016). As an alternative to the null hypothesis…
Descriptors: Bayesian Statistics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Hypothesis Testing
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Matsumoto, Yumi – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This qualitative study examines moments in the multilingual classroom when materials become prominent in whole-class interactions. Despite the critical impact that materials can have on classroom discourse and learning/teaching, research on "actual usage" of materials in second language (L2) classroom interactions has been scarce…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Worksheets
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MacIntyre, Peter D.; Gregersen, Tammy; Mercer, Sarah – Modern Language Journal, 2019
In this article we introduce Positive Psychology (PP), a relatively new subfield of psychology, and outline its development since the year 2000. We describe ways in which PP represents an exciting addition to the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) literature and the ways it is already influencing trends in education generally, thus creating…
Descriptors: Psychology, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Educational Trends
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Papi, Mostafa; Rios, Angel; Pelt, Hunter; Ozdemir, Esra – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This study investigated the concept of corrective feedback in second language learning as a learning resource, recasting it as "feedback-seeking behavior." Dweck's (1999) mindsets, Korn and Elliot's (2016) achievement goals, and Ashford's (1986) model of feedback-seeking behavior were re-operationalized in the context of language…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, College Students, Decision Making
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Izquierdo, Jesus; Kihlstedt, Maria – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Through either morphological or functional approaches, previous research has examined how instructed second language (L2) learners develop control over a challenging area of French: the use of the "imparfait." In order to better understand this challenge, this cross-sectional study utilized both approaches and examined how 94 university…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, French, Verbs, Grammar
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McGregor, Janice; Fernandez, Julieta – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The present study takes a reflexive approach to the analysis of coordinated identity work in qualitative interviews in 2 study abroad (SA) contexts, Argentina and Germany. To do this, the authors bring together 2 autoethnographic projects and take a collaborative approach (Chang, Ngunjiri, & Hernandez, 2013; Lapadat, 2017) to the analysis of…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Qualitative Research, Self Concept, Cross Cultural Studies
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