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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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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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Laufer, Batia; Aviad-Levitzky, Tami – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This study examined how well second language (L2) recall and recognition vocabulary tests correlated with a reading test, how well each vocabulary test discriminated between reading proficiency levels, and how accurate each test was in predicting reading proficiency when compared with corpus studies. A total of 116 college-level learners of…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Word Recognition, Language Tests, Scores
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Shardakova, Maria – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Over the past decade, second language (L2) humor has attracted scholarly attention as both a means and a goal of L2 development. Much of this research, however, has focused on oral communication, whereas virtually no studies address humor as an aspect of reading comprehension. This exploratory study combines these two areas of inquiry, examining…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Russian, Reading Comprehension, Humor
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Hagiwara, Akiko – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study explores whether emphasizing the phonetic components of "kanji," Chinese characters used in Japanese, facilitates second language (L2) learners' novel character learning. Previous L2 studies on Chinese characters indicate that phonology plays a major part in word identification. However, this view remains controversial,…
Descriptors: Phonology, Phonetics, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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Karimi, Mohammad Nabi – Modern Language Journal, 2015
There is a substantial body of L2 research documenting the central role of strategy instruction in reading comprehension. However, this line of research has been conducted mostly within the single text paradigm of reading research. With reading literacy undergoing a marked shift from single source reading to multiple documents literacy, little is…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies
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Haim, Orly – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The study addresses the degree of transfer of literacy dimensions of academic proficiency (AP), that is, reading comprehension and writing, across three languages--Russian (L1), Hebrew (L2), and English (L3)--and investigates whether a common conceptual source underlies the linguistic and cognitive operations of the trilingual learner (Grosjean,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Holistic Approach, Immigrants
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Gablasova, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 2014
This study investigated the acquisition of specialized vocabulary from L1 and L2 textbook reading by 64 Slovak high school students who were intermediate or advanced users of English. The students were divided into two groups: One group read the academic texts in their L1, the other group in their L2. In a posttest and a delayed posttest, they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, English (Second Language), Vocabulary Development
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Mueller, Jeansue; Jiang, Nan – Modern Language Journal, 2013
An experiment investigated adult language learners' ability to develop fully integrated cognitive representations of a difficult second language (L2) morphosyntactic feature: the Korean honorific verbal affix "(u)si." Native speaker (NS) and nonnative speaker (NNS) latencies during a word-by-word self-paced reading comprehension task…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Second Language Learning, Korean, Morphology (Languages)
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Winke, Paula; Gass, Susan; Sydorenko, Tetyana – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This study investigates caption-reading behavior by foreign language (L2) learners and, through eye-tracking methodology, explores the extent to which the relationship between the native and target language affects that behavior. Second-year (4th semester) English-speaking learners of Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish watched 2 videos…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Semitic Languages, Chinese, Russian
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Horiba, Yukie – Modern Language Journal, 2012
In this study, word knowledge and its relation to text comprehension was examined with 50 Chinese- and 20 Korean-speaking second language (L2) learners and 40 first language (L1) speakers of Japanese. Breadth and depth of word knowledge were assessed by a word-definition matching test and a word-associates selection test, respectively. Text…
Descriptors: Objective Tests, Vocabulary Development, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Zhang, Dongbo – Modern Language Journal, 2012
Using structural equation modeling analysis, this study examined the contribution of vocabulary and grammatical knowledge to second language reading comprehension among 190 advanced Chinese English as a foreign language learners. Vocabulary knowledge was measured in both breadth (Vocabulary Levels Test) and depth (Word Associates Test);…
Descriptors: Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Structural Equation Models, Vocabulary Development
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Schmitt, Norbert, Jiang, Xiangying; Grabe, William – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This study focused on the relationship between percentage of vocabulary known in a text and level of comprehension of the same text. Earlier studies have estimated the percentage of vocabulary necessary for second language learners to understand written texts as being between 95% (Laufer, 1989) and 98% (Hu & Nation, 2000). In this study, 661…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Measures (Individuals)
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Jeon, Eun Hee – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This study investigates the contribution of second-language (L2) morphological awareness to foreign language reading comprehension. Tenth graders (n = 188) at a South Korean high school were assessed on 6 reading- and language-related variables: phonological decoding, listening comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, passage-level reading…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Morphology (Languages)
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O'Donnell, Mary E. – Modern Language Journal, 2009
Using a quantitative approach, this study explores the use of textual elaboration as a modification option for literary texts in an intermediate-level Spanish as a second language (L2) course. The results suggest that, with elaborative modifications, literary texts could have an expanded role in L2 instruction for lower proficiency students, thus…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Reading Instruction
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