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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; Sachs, Rebecca; Zárate-Sández, Germán – Modern Language Journal, 2018
This study explored teachers' beliefs about pronunciation instruction in Spanish as a second language (L2). An online survey was used to collect data from 100 participants, grouped into 4 categories based on their previous training in principles and methods of pronunciation instruction. This article reports results from 15 survey items which…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kissling, Elizabeth M. – Modern Language Journal, 2018
Listening is widely regarded as an important skill that is difficult and necessary to teach in L2 classrooms. Listening requires both top-down and bottom-up processing, yet pedagogical techniques for the latter are often lacking. This study explores the efficacy of pronunciation instruction (PI) for improving learners' bottom-up processing. The…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Processing
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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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Back, Michele – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Peer tutoring is viewed as a valuable component of additional language learning due to the presence of a more knowledgeable interlocutor. Yet researchers and language program directors alike often ignore the linguistic and cultural differences that peer tutors possess, instead categorizing them homogeneously as "experts" or "native…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Moranski, Kara; Kim, Frederic – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Flipped or inverted classroom (IC) models are promising for foreign language instruction in that they appear to promote well-regarded practices that bridge both sociocultural and cognitive theoretical frameworks, such as allowing for higher degrees of learner agency and facilitating deeper levels of processing. To date, the majority of work on IC…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Spanish, Second Language Instruction
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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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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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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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Cammarata, Laurent; Tedick, Diane J. – Modern Language Journal, 2012
Research on immersion teaching has consistently shown that immersion teachers tend to focus on subject matter content at the expense of language teaching. The response to that research has often entailed suggestions for teachers on how better to integrate language and content in their instruction. However, missing from the discussion are rich…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Educational Change, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Hurtado, Luz Marcela; Estrada, Chelsea – Modern Language Journal, 2010
This article examines the role of linguistic and sociolinguistic factors in the second language (L2) acquisition of Spanish vibrants. The data consist of 2 sets of recordings from 37 students enrolled in a Spanish pronunciation class. The statistical program VarbRul was used to analyze 7,597 samples. The vibration (simple or multiple) and the…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Second Language Learning, Articulation (Education), Spanish
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