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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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Canagarajah, Suresh – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Applied linguists have been exploring approaches to second language acquisition and competence that move beyond a prioritization of cognition and grammar that was derived from the foundational structuralist legacy in linguistics. Recently, for example, they have collaborated in putting together an integrated alternative model (Douglas Fir Group,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Language Proficiency, Academic Discourse, Applied Linguistics
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Gonzalez, Paz; Quintana Hernandez, Lucia – Modern Language Journal, 2018
The aim of this article is to show that the use of Spanish grammatical aspect is biased by inherent aspect depending on the learner's first language (L1). It considers both the Lexical Aspect Hypothesis (LAH; Andersen, 1986, and his followers) and the L1 Transfer Hypothesis (Izquierdo & Collins, 2008; McManus, 2015), and it compares the use of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Grammar, Prediction
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Duff, Patricia A. – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The majority of recent research on language learning motivation has reportedly focused on English as a target language, typically in relatively homogeneous, secondary and postsecondary "foreign language" settings. How applicable, then, are the theories and findings undergirding that research to our understanding of the contemporary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Learning Theories
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MacIntyre, Peter D.; Baker, Susan C.; Sparling, Heather – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The present research examines the role of music and dance in motivating Gaelic language learning on Cape Breton Island (Canada). The Gaelic language, once thriving in this context, has declined in use but flourishes in both music and dance. This article presents the results of in-depth interviews (60-90 minutes) with 10 accomplished adult…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Self Concept, Semantics
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Van Der Zwaard, Rose; Bannink, Anne – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This empirical study investigated the occurrence of meaning negotiation in an interactive synchronous computer-mediated second language (L2) environment. Sixteen dyads (N = 32) consisting of nonnative speakers (NNSs) and native speakers (NSs) of English performed 2 different tasks using videoconferencing and written chat. The data were coded and…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Decision Making, Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Davin, Kristin J. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article explores the implementation of dynamic assessment (DA) in an elementary school foreign language classroom by considering its theoretical basis and its applicability to second language (L2) teaching, learning, and development. In existing applications of L2 classroom DA, errors serve as a window into learners' instructional needs and…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary School Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Pavlenko, Aneta; Volynsky, Maria – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The aim of the present study is twofold. One, we will show that Talmy's (1985, 1991, 2000) motion typology that groups Russian and English together as satellite-framed languages may be justified on linguistic grounds but is inadequate from a psycholinguistic point of view. Two, we will argue that the shortcomings of the typology may account…
Descriptors: Motion, Russian, English, English (Second Language)
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Cook, Vivian – Modern Language Journal, 2015
These concluding reflections seek to put the articles of this special issue in a broader context. The article begins by looking at the ideas of cognitive linguistics and linguistic relativity that are invoked. It then considers the questions that arise about the relationship between two or more languages in the same mind, the differences between…
Descriptors: Motion, Second Language Learning, Language Research, Grammar
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Kim, Youjin; Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Robinson's (2001) Cognition Hypothesis claims that more complex tasks promote interaction and language development. This study examined the effect of task complexity in the learning of request-making expressions. Task complexity was operationalized as [+/- reasoning] following Robinson's framework. The study employed a pretest-posttest research…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Morett, Laura M. – Modern Language Journal, 2014
In the interest of clarifying how gesture facilitates L2 word learning, the current study investigates gesture's influence on three interrelated cognitive processes subserving L2 word learning: communication, encoding, and recall. Individuals unfamiliar with Hungarian learned 20 Hungarian words that were either accompanied or unaccompanied by…
Descriptors: Role, Second Language Learning, Nonverbal Communication, Vocabulary Development
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Smotrova, Tetyana; Lantolf, James P. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the mediational function of the gesture-speech interface in the instructional conversation that emerged as teachers attempted to explain the meaning of English words to their students in two EFL classrooms in the Ukraine. Its analytical framework is provided by Vygotsky's sociocultural psychology…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Nonverbal Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Nelson, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2012
A number of asymmetries in lexical memory emerge when monolinguals and early bilinguals are compared to (relatively) late second language (L2) learners. Their study promises to provide insight into the internal processes that both support and ultimately limit L2 learner achievement. Generally, theory building in L2 and bilingual lexical memory has…
Descriptors: Memory, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Bilingualism, Second Language Learning
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Huang, Shufen; Willson, Victor; Eslami, Zohreh – Modern Language Journal, 2012
This meta-analytic study provides a systematic statistical synthesis of the effects of output tasks on second or foreign incidental vocabulary learning. A total of 12 studies were included in this meta-analysis. Five mediator variables were examined: design quality, types of output task, time on task, genres of text, and text-target word ratios.…
Descriptors: Time on Task, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning, Statistical Analysis
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Boyd, Jeremy K.; Goldberg, Adele E. – Modern Language Journal, 2009
Constructionist approaches to language hypothesize that grammar can be learned from the input using domain-general mechanisms. This emphasis has engendered a great deal of research--exemplified in the present issue--that seeks to illuminate the ways in which input-related factors can both drive and constrain constructional acquisition. In this…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Structural Analysis (Linguistics)
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