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Yilmaz, Yucel; Granena, Gisela – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The present study investigated a group of cognitive individual differences considered advantageous in second language learning and their role in language learning under implicit and explicit feedback conditions using both language awareness and language development measures. The study further investigated whether different types of awareness are…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Oral Language
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Hayashi, Yuko – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The current 2-part study investigated the relative contributions of English language training (ELT) and computerized Cogmed working memory training (WMT) to improvements in English-as-a-foreign language (EFL) proficiency and working memory capacity. In Study 1, Japanese undergraduate EFL learners were randomly allocated to 1 of 3 experimental…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Kim, Kathy Minhye; Godfroid, Aline – Modern Language Journal, 2019
We examined the role of modality in learning second language (L2) grammar and forming implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) knowledge. To this end, we isolated the effects of the physical medium of input (i.e., aural or visual) from those of the presentation method (i.e., word-by-word or simultaneous). We also explored the role of test…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Linguistic Input, Psycholinguistics
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Nakata, Tatsuya; Suzuki, Yuichi – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Cognitive psychology research has shown that interleaving, wherein learners practice multiple skills or concepts at once, facilitates learning more than does blocking, wherein learners practice only one skill or concept at a time. Despite the advantage of interleaving over blocking observed across a number of domains, limited attention has been…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Li, Man; Dekeyser, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This study investigated the effects of temporal distribution of practice on the learning and retention of Mandarin tonal word production. Eighty native English-speaking adults with no prior knowledge of a tonal language participated in this study. They were randomly assigned to four experimental conditions varying in intersession interval (ISI)…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Intonation, English, Native Language
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Strong, Brian; Boers, Frank – Modern Language Journal, 2019
English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) textbooks and internet resources exhibit various formats and implementations of exercises on phrasal verbs. The experimental study reported here examines whether some of these might be more effective than others. EFL learners at a university in Japan were randomly assigned to 4 treatment groups. Two groups were…
Descriptors: Verbs, Phrase Structure, Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response)
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Nahatame, Shingo – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study aimed to examine how second language (L2) readers process and comprehend paired sentences based on the causal and semantic relatedness of the sentences. Causal relatedness refers to the cause-and-effect relations between the events described, whereas semantic relatedness refers to the similarity of meaning conveyed by the sentences. In…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Attribution Theory, Reading Processes
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Thomas, Kavita E. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study introduces an approach to providing corrective feedback to L2 learners termed analogy-based corrective feedback that is motivated by analogical learning theories and syntactic alignment in dialogue. Learners are presented with a structurally similar synonymous version of their output where the erroneous form is corrected, and they must…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Error Correction, Feedback (Response), Grammar
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Iakovleva, Tatiana; Gras, Doriane – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Research on multilingual acquisition has investigated various combinations of languages to identify the factors determining how learners express motion. Our research examines the semantics of motion expression in learners whose first language (L1) exhibits more variation than their foreign language (L2/L3). The present study compares upward motion…
Descriptors: Russian, Native Language, French, English (Second Language)
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Poupore, Glen – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Working with Korean university-level learners of English, this study provides a detailed analytical comparison of 2 task work groups that were video-recorded, with 1 group scoring very high and the other relatively low based on the results of a Group Work Dynamic (GWD) measuring instrument. Adopting a complexity theory (CT) perspective and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Task Analysis, Group Dynamics
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Staples, Shelley; Biber, Douglas; Reppen, Randi – Modern Language Journal, 2018
One of the central considerations in the validity argument for the TOEFL iBT is the relationship between the language on the exam and the language required for university courses. Corpus linguistics has recently been shown to be an effective way to explore this relationship, which can also be considered as an aspect of authenticity. Applying…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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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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Garner, James; Crossley, Scott – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Current quantitative methods in second language (L2) acquisition have proven useful in examining how phraseological unit production changes over time. However, these methods are limited in that they do not allow for the analysis of individual differences in those changes. This study demonstrates the potential for Latent Curve Modeling, a type of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Phrase Structure, Language Proficiency, Writing Skills
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Yang, Xueyan; Tao, Xin – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This case study compares the discourse behaviors of 2 Chinese teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), one rated high and one rated low by their respective students. The teachers were each audio-recorded for a total of 100 minutes during the 'text session' of an Intensive Reading course. Drawing on Yang's (2010) model of EFL classroom…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Classroom Communication
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Staples, Shelley; Laflair, Geoffrey T.; Egbert, Jesse – Modern Language Journal, 2017
Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) are widely used to measure speaking ability in a second or foreign language. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Speaking Test is an OPI used for academic and professional purposes around the world. However, little research on this or other OPIs has quantitatively compared test takers' speech…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Nurses
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