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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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Nagle, Charles – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study examined relationships between language learning motivation and the longitudinal development of second language (L2) pronunciation. Twenty-six English-speaking learners of Spanish recorded a simplified picture description task 5 times over a year-long period spanning their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters of Spanish language instruction.…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pronunciation
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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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Gurzynski-Weiss, Laura – Modern Language Journal, 2016
While oral corrective feedback is a principal focus in second language acquisition research, most studies examine feedback once it has been provided. Investigating how instructors make in-class feedback decisions has not been thoroughly explored, despite the fact that classroom feedback occurs at the discretion of the individual language…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, Language Teachers, Spanish
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van Compernolle, Rémi A.; Gomez-Laich, Maria Pia; Weber, Ashley – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study explores the teaching of second language (L2) Spanish sociopragmatics through concept-based pragmatics instruction (van Compernolle, 2014). The concepts of self-presentation, social distance, and power were the focus of a pedagogical enrichment program in 2 sections of a beginning-level Spanish class at a northeastern U.S. university.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Pragmatics, Teaching Methods
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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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Sagarra, Nuria; Abbuhl, Rebekha – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This study investigates whether practice with computer-administered feedback in the absence of meaning-focused interaction can help second language learners notice the corrective intent of recasts and develop linguistic accuracy. A group of 218 beginning Anglophone learners of Spanish received 1 of 4 types of automated feedback (no feedback,…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Feedback (Response)
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VanPatten, Bill; Collopy, Erin; Price, Joseph E.; Borst, Stefanie; Qualin, Anthony – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This study presents the results of four experiments in the framework of processing instruction conducted with four language learner groups (Spanish, "n"?=?43; German, "n"?=?46; Russian, "n"?=?44; and French, "n"?=?48; discussed in that order). In each experiment, the processing problem was held constant (the…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Nouns, Grammar, Contrastive Linguistics
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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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Reichert, Tetyana; Liebscher, Grit – Modern Language Journal, 2012
The goal of this article is to further our understanding of how learning opportunities are created in interactions. Based on a conversation analysis of peer interactions of foreign language learners, we investigate how the negotiation of expert positions among these learners affects this process. The focus of the analysis is on the relationship…
Descriptors: Interaction, Discourse Analysis, Novices, Expertise
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Toth, Paul D. – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This study compares descriptive quantitative and qualitative data from 2 beginning, university-level second-language (L2) Spanish classes to demonstrate the benefits of teacher-led discourse organized as collaborative, whole-class tasks. In class, the teacher solicited target L2 forms through conversational questions to individuals with recasted…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Cognitive Processes, Classroom Communication, Comparative Analysis
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Coryell, Joellen E.; Clark, M. Carolyn; Pomerantz, Anne – Modern Language Journal, 2010
This study investigates the case of 7 female heritage learners of Spanish who have chosen, as adults, to enroll in online Spanish language instruction at the postsecondary level. Drawing on symbolic convergence theory, it identifies a cultural fantasy metanarrative that participants collectively constructed as they made sense of their language…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Multilingualism, Spanish, Heritage Education
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Mikulski, Ariana M. – Modern Language Journal, 2010
The Spanish subjunctive has been known to pose difficulties for learners of Spanish whose native language is English (e.g., Collentine, 1997, 2003; Terrell, Baycroft, & Perrone, 1987). Investigating the same feature in heritage learners of Spanish can provide more information about the linguistic development of this growing population. This pilot…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Editing, Spanish, Heritage Education
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Gregersen, Tammy; Olivares-Cuhat, Gabriela; Storm, John – Modern Language Journal, 2009
This study examines possible connections between second language competency and frequency and type of gesture use (illustrators, compensatory illustrators, adaptors, emblems, regulators, and affect displays). To this end, 75 students enrolled in beginning, intermediate, and advanced college-level Spanish courses were videotaped while conversing in…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Spanish, Second Language Learning
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Alvstad, Cecilia; Castro, Andrea – Modern Language Journal, 2009
In this article we set out to explore and discuss reasons for reading literary texts in university curricula of foreign languages. Our analysis is based on 2 sources of information: 16 syllabi of Spanish as a foreign language and a questionnaire in which 11 university instructors teaching these syllabi express their intentions. We point to a…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Second Language Learning, Curriculum, Course Descriptions
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