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Yuldashev, Aziz; Fernandez, Julieta; Thorne, Steven L. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
Research has described the key role of formulaic language use in both written and spoken communication (Schmitt, 2004; Wray, 2002), as well as in relation to L2 learning (Ellis, Simpson--Vlach, & Maynard, 2008). Relatively few studies have examined related fixed and semi-fixed multi-word units (MWUs), which comprise fixed parts with the potential…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Electronic Publishing, High School Students
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Montrul, Silvina; Ionin, Tania – Modern Language Journal, 2012
This study investigates dominant language transfer (from English) in adult Spanish second language (L2) learners and Spanish heritage speakers. We focus on contrasting properties of English and Spanish definite articles with respect to generic reference ("Elephants have ivory tusks" vs. "Los elefantes tienen colmillos de marfil") and inalienable…
Descriptors: Sentences, Language Dominance, Language Research, Second Language Learning
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McLane, Kathleen, Comp.; Omaggio, Alice, Comp. – Modern Language Journal, 1977
This is the eighteenth in a series of catalogues of documents in the ERIC system that are of interest to teachers and researchers in foreign languages and linguistics. The documents cited in the present list appeared in the monthly ERIC abstract journal "Resources in Education" (RIE) from July through December 1976. The list is compiled from all…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Bibliographies, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism
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Cooper, Thomas C. – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Presents study conducted to determine whether sentence combining approach would increase rate of written syntactic development of college students of French, German, and Spanish. Results show it is effective for teaching some aspects of writing to intermediate foreign language students. (BK)
Descriptors: College Students, French, German, Higher Education
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Lee, James F. – Modern Language Journal, 1986
Analysis of reading comprehension and recall of text by college students studying Spanish indicated that three components of background knowledge--context, transparency, and familiarity--affected the way learners read, comprehend, and recall passages. Interaction between these components and the reader is extremely complex. (CB)
Descriptors: College Students, Context Clues, Higher Education, Language Research
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Carsello, Carmen J.; Braun, Lucille V. – Modern Language Journal, 1972
Descriptors: English, Experimental Teaching, Language Instruction, Language Research
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Anton, Marta; DiCamilla, Frederick J. – Modern Language Journal, 1999
A study of native-language (L1) use in the collaborative interaction of five dyads of native English-speaking adult learners of Spanish as a second language found that L1 serves a critical function in students' attempts to mutually define task elements, provide each other with scaffolding help, and externalize inner speech. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Classroom Communication, English
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Wells, Gordon – Modern Language Journal, 1999
Responds to a previous article on native-language (L1) use in the collaborative interaction of native English-speaking adult learners of Spanish as a second language, which found that the L1 serves a critical function in students' attempts to mutually define task elements, provide each other with scaffolding help, and externalize inner speech.…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Classroom Communication, English
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Campbell, Russell N.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1985
Examines the efficacy of foreign language programs at the elementary school level by looking at three programs--immersion, partial immersion, and foreign language in the elementary school--currently found in 15 schools in the United States. Comparisons are made by measuring achievement in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (SED)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, FLES, French
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Ludwig, Jeannette – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Investigates the extent to which college students enrolled in French, German, and Spanish courses subscribe to stereotypes about the purported characteristics of these languages. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Students, French, German, Higher Education
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Bahrick, Harry P. – Modern Language Journal, 1984
Presents an abbreviated version of a large scale investigation of second language attrition covering 50 years. Results yield benefits to teachers and students of foreign languages by leading to an understanding of how various procedures of acquisition affect the rate of loss and ultimately minimize the potential for later attrition. (SL)
Descriptors: Grammar, Idioms, Language Research, Learning Processes
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Koike, Dale April – Modern Language Journal, 1989
Pragmatic competence in second language (L2) speech acts, specifically in requests, is examined through data obtained from native speakers of English who are learning Spanish. Attention is focused on whether L2 learners transfer first language rules of politeness to L2 speech production. (41 references) (Author/OD)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Communicative Competence (Languages), Discourse Analysis, English