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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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Lambert, Craig; Zhang, Grace – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This study investigates learner engagement in pedagogic task performance by triangulating multiple sources of data to gain insight into the cognitive and affective processes that take place on a range of tasks and how they engage learners of different target languages. The study provides a detailed analysis of 4 learners' second language (L2)…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Learner Engagement, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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Peltonen, Pauliina – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Many factors influencing second language (L2) speech fluency have been widely studied, but the effects of first language (L1) fluency on L2 speech fluency are still relatively poorly understood. In contrast to mostly quantitative previous studies, the present study adopted a mixed methods approach to examining the connections between L1 fluency…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Correlation
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Leonard, Karen Ruth; Shea, Christine E. – Modern Language Journal, 2017
We take a multidimensional perspective on the development of second language (L2) speaking ability and examine how changes in the underlying cognitive variables of linguistic knowledge and processing speed interact with complexity, fluency, and accuracy over the course of a 3-month Spanish study abroad session. Study abroad provides a unique…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Oral Language, Language Processing, Study Abroad
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Huensch, Amanda; Tracy-Ventura, Nicole – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This study investigated second language fluency development over a nearly 2-year period which included an academic year abroad and the year immediately following the participants' return to their home university. Data from 24 L1 English learners of Spanish were collected 6 times: once before, 3 times during, and 2 times after a 9-month stay…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Study Abroad, English
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Di Silvio, Francesca; Diao, Wenhao; Donovan, Anne – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Examining speech samples from 75 American university students learning 1 of 3 languages (Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish), this article reports on a study of second language (L2) learners' oral fluency development and its relationship with their gains in holistic proficiency ratings during a semester abroad. In study abroad research, there is a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Study Abroad, Case Studies
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Van de Guchte, Marrit; Braaksma, Martine; Rijlaarsdam, Gert; Bimmel, Peter – Modern Language Journal, 2015
In the present study, we examine the effects of prompts and recasts on the acquisition of two new and different grammar structures in a task-based learning environment. Sixty-four 14-year-old 9th grade students (low intermediate) learning German as a foreign language were randomly assigned to three conditions: two experimental groups (one…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Prompting
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Grey, Sarah; Cox, Jessica G.; Serafini, Ellen J.; Sanz, Cristina – Modern Language Journal, 2015
While research suggests that study abroad (SA) benefits second language (L2) oral fluency, its benefits for other domains are less clear, especially for shorterterm programs, which are becoming more common. Additionally, studies investigating the relationship between cognitive capacity and benefits of SA report inconsistent patterns. In light of…
Descriptors: Role, Individual Differences, Study Abroad, English
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Pr̩fontaine, Yvonne; Kormos, Judit РModern Language Journal, 2015
While there exists a considerable body of literature on task-based difficulty and second language (L2) fluency in English as a second language (ESL), there has been little investigation with French learners. This mixed methods study examines learner appraisals of task difficulty and their relationship to automated utterance fluency measures in…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, French, Second Language Learning, Difficulty Level
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Crowther, Dustin; Trofimovich, Pavel; Isaacs, Talia; Saito, Kazuya – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The current study investigated task effects on listener perception of second language (L2) comprehensibility (ease of understanding). Sixty university-level adult speakers of English from 4 first language (L1) backgrounds (Chinese, Romance, Hindi, Farsi), with 15 speakers per group, were recorded performing 2 tasks (IELTS long-turn speaking task…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Fluency, Pronunciation, Language Rhythm
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Zhang, Jie; Lu, Xiaofei – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This study examined variability in Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) learners' development of the Chinese numeral classifier system from a dynamic systems approach. Our data consisted of a longitudinal corpus of 657 essays written by CFL learners at lower and higher intermediate levels and a corpus of 100 essays written by native speakers (NSs)…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Longitudinal Studies
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Du, Hang – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article is part of a longitudinal study of American college students studying Mandarin in China. Its main data are drawn from monthly speaking events (four sessions with each student) conducted in Chinese with each of 29 participants in a study-abroad program in China. The study yielded these results: (a) Students made significant progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Longitudinal Studies, College Students
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Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This longitudinal study asks 2 questions. The first one is: What patterns of pragmatic development can we observe among different pragmatic functions and attributes in a second language (L2)? The second question is: In what ways do individual differences and learning context affect the course of pragmatic development? Forty-eight Japanese college…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, Foreign Countries, Pragmatics, Longitudinal Studies
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Blake, Christopher – Modern Language Journal, 2009
Although a number of studies have reported on the positive effects of Internet chats in the second language classroom, to the best of my knowledge no studies to date have examined the effect of text-based chats on oral fluency development. This exploratory study addressed the above question by examining the oral fluency development of 34 English…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Oral Language, Language Fluency, Interaction
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Sinnema, John R. – Modern Language Journal, 1971
Descriptors: Audiolingual Skills, Conversational Language Courses, Discussion (Teaching Technique), German
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