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Teng, Lin Sophie; Zhang, Lawrence Jun – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study aimed to validate a newly-developed instrument, The Writing Strategies for Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Questionnaire, with respect to its multifaceted structure of SRL strategies in English as a foreign language (EFL) writing. A total of 790 undergraduate students from 6 universities in Northeast China volunteered to be participants.…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Metacognition, Writing Strategies, English (Second Language)
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Moskovsky, Christo; Assulaimani, Turki; Racheva, Silvia; Harkins, Jean – Modern Language Journal, 2016
The research reported in this article explores the relationship between Dörnyei's (2005, 2009) Second Language Motivational Self System (L2MSS) and the L2 proficiency level of Saudi learners of English as a foreign language (EFL). Male and female participants (N = 360) responded to a questionnaire relating to the main components of L2MSS, the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Correlation, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables
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Crossley, Scott; Kyle, Kristopher; Salsbury, Thomas – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study investigates relations between second language (L2) lexical input and output in terms of word information properties (i.e., lexical salience; Ellis, 2006a). The data for this study come from a longitudinal corpus of naturalistic spoken data between L2 learners and first language (L1) interlocutors collected over a year's time. The…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics
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Rinnert, Carol; Kobauashi, Hiroe; Katayama, Akemi – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This study takes a dynamic view of transfer as reusing and reshaping previous knowledge in new writing contexts to investigate how novice Japanese as a foreign language (JFL) writers draw on knowledge across languages to construct L1 and L2 texts. We analyzed L1 English and L2 Japanese argumentation essays by the same JFL writers (N = 19) and L1…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Transfer of Training, Novices
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Van de Guchte, Marrit; Braaksma, Martine; Rijlaarsdam, Gert; Bimmel, Peter – Modern Language Journal, 2015
In the present study, we examine the effects of prompts and recasts on the acquisition of two new and different grammar structures in a task-based learning environment. Sixty-four 14-year-old 9th grade students (low intermediate) learning German as a foreign language were randomly assigned to three conditions: two experimental groups (one…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Prompting
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Sung, Yao-Ting; Lin, Wei-Chun; Dyson, Scott Benjamin; Chang, Kuo-En; Chen, Yu-Chia – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Selecting appropriate texts for L2 (second/foreign language) learners is an important approach to enhancing motivation and, by extension, learning. There is currently no tool for classifying foreign language texts according to a language proficiency framework, which makes it difficult for students and educators to determine the precise…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Learning, Readability, Reading Material Selection
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Henry, Alastair; Dornyei, Zoltan; Davydenko, Sofia – Modern Language Journal, 2015
In a series of articles Dörnyei and his colleagues (Dörnyei, Ibrahim, & Muir, 2015; Dörnyei, Muir, & Ibrahim, 2014; Muir & Dörnyei, 2013) describe the phenomenon of a period of intense and enduring motivation in pursuit of a highly desired personal goal or vision. These surges of motivational energy, which they call "Directed…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Learning Activities, Learner Engagement
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Perez, Maribel Montero; Peters, Elke; Desmet, Piet – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This study investigates the effect of two attention-enhancing techniques on L2 students' learning and processing of novel French words (i.e., target words) through video with L2 subtitles or captions. A combination of eye-movement data and vocabulary tests was gathered to study the effects of Type of Captioning (full or keyword captioning) and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Layout (Publications), Video Technology
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Slabakova, Roumyana – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This article reports on an experimental study addressing the second language acquisition of Mandarin temporality. Mandarin Chinese does not mark past, present, or future with dedicated morphemes; the native English of the learners does. It was hypothesized that, in their comprehension, learners would utilize the deictic pattern of expressing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Mandarin Chinese, Morphemes, Bilingualism
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Kubanyiova, Magdalena; Feryok, Anne – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Understanding language teachers' "mental lives" (Walberg, 1972), and how these shape and are shaped by the activity of language teaching in diverse sociocultural contexts, has been at the forefront of the sub discipline of applied linguistics that has become known as "language teacher cognition." Although the collective…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Applied Linguistics, Teacher Attitudes
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Coffey, Simon – Modern Language Journal, 2015
As theoretical developments in applied linguistics challenge the dominant mentalist framing of cognition as knowledge residing in the head, new ways of understanding and recording teachers' and students' engagement with languages are needed. Structural and competence-based formats for measuring proficiency posit an incremental model of learning as…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Workshops
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Crookes, Graham V. – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Two areas of investigation and professional practice--language teachers' philosophies and language teacher cognition--can be considered as related, perhaps overlapping, insofar as they are both the result of thought. The concept of a philosophy of teaching may hold together sets of language teacher cognitions, or guide specific investigations of…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Golombek, Paula R. – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This article, grounded in a Vygotskian sociocultural perspective, details the self-inquiry of a language teacher educator who examined her "emotional dissonance" regarding her mediation of the reflection journals of a teacher learner teaching an ESL class during an internship. Data from the teacher learner's reflection journals and the…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Inquiry, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Johnson, Karen E. – Modern Language Journal, 2015
This article lays out a theoretical argument for empirical research that focuses on what happens inside the practices of L2 teacher education. Central to this argument is that it is inside these practices--the dialogic interactions between teacher educators and teachers--where teacher educators can see, support, and enhance the professional…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Burns, Anne; Freeman, Donald; Edwards, Emily – Modern Language Journal, 2015
The overarching project of the conceptual and empirical contributions in this special issue is to redraw boundaries for language teacher cognition research. Our aim in this final article is to complement the foregoing collection of articles by conceptualizing ontologically and methodologically past and current trajectories in language teacher…
Descriptors: Language Research, Meta Analysis, Thematic Approach, Concept Mapping
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