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Moore, Ashley R. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Although most second or foreign language classrooms can be assumed to contain queer learners, research shows that educators often fail to create inclusive learning environments and outcomes for these populations. A step toward improving this situation is to understand the factors affecting how queer students manage their identities in language…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Homosexuality, LGBTQ People
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Dewaele, Jean-Marc; Magdalena, Andrea Franco; Saito, Kazuya – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The present study explores the relationship between Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE) and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety (FLCA) and a number of teacher-centered variables within the Spanish classroom context. Participants were 210 former and current learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) from all over Spain who filled out an online…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
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Herazo, José David; Davin, Kristin J.; Sagre, Anamaria – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Because scaffolded feedback is a key component of dynamic assessment (DA) and is present in some forms of corrective feedback (CF), it can be unclear how the 2 frameworks differ. Further complicating the distinction, many second language (L2) DA studies have focused on how a teacher provides mediation as a series of prompts, usually in reaction to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation
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Lambert, Craig; Zhang, Grace – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This study investigates learner engagement in pedagogic task performance by triangulating multiple sources of data to gain insight into the cognitive and affective processes that take place on a range of tasks and how they engage learners of different target languages. The study provides a detailed analysis of 4 learners' second language (L2)…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Learner Engagement, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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McManus, Kevin; Marsden, Emma – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This study advances previous research about the effects of explicit instruction on second language (L2) development by examining learners' use of verbal morphology following different types of explicit information (EI) and comprehension practice. We investigated the extent to which additional EI about the first language (L1) can reduce the effects…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, Oral Language
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Subtirelu, Nicholas Close; Borowczyk, Margaret; Thorson Hernández, Rachel; Venezia, Francesca – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The Seal of Biliteracy is as an initiative to incentivize and credentialize bi-/multilingualism in K-12 education in the United States. While it has been widely celebrated as a positive development in U.S. educational language policy, it is important to consider to what extent marginalized students benefit from this initiative. This critical…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Elementary Secondary Education
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Kanwit, Matthew – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The present study investigates to what extent first-language (L1) and second-language (L2) speakers use lexical futures, whether such forms provide evidence of development, and whether these forms are constrained differently from the present indicative (PI) according to linguistic predictors. It uses a combined approach through its…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Native Speakers, English
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Dávila, Liv T. – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Creative manipulations of language have long been recognized as important aspects of second language development. Research has largely examined playful language within adult foreign language classrooms; however, less attention has been given to the pragmatic use of humor among adolescent multilingual learners of English. Drawing on oral…
Descriptors: Humor, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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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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Suzuki, Yuichi; Nakata, Tatsuya; Dekeyser, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This coda article offers unified theoretical accounts of the major findings of the empirical studies in this special issue of "Optimizing Second Language Practice in the Classroom: Perspectives from Cognitive Psychology." We present a theoretical framework from cognitive psychology (desirable difficulty framework) and link it to the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cognitive Psychology
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Lightbown, Patsy Martin – Modern Language Journal, 2019
This special issue contains reports of research on a variety of variables that are hypothesized to have an impact on how practice affects language learning. This includes spacing of practice opportunities, the provision of feedback, training working memory, and oral versus written input. Each study is complex and clearly contextualized within the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Short Term Memory
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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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Kim, Kathy Minhye; Godfroid, Aline – Modern Language Journal, 2019
We examined the role of modality in learning second language (L2) grammar and forming implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) knowledge. To this end, we isolated the effects of the physical medium of input (i.e., aural or visual) from those of the presentation method (i.e., word-by-word or simultaneous). We also explored the role of test…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Linguistic Input, Psycholinguistics
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Nakata, Tatsuya; Suzuki, Yuichi – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Cognitive psychology research has shown that interleaving, wherein learners practice multiple skills or concepts at once, facilitates learning more than does blocking, wherein learners practice only one skill or concept at a time. Despite the advantage of interleaving over blocking observed across a number of domains, limited attention has been…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Kasprowicz, Rowena E.; Marsden, Emma; Sephton, Nick – Modern Language Journal, 2019
Within limited-input language classrooms, understanding the effect of distribution of practice (spacing between practice) on learning is critical, yet evidence is conflicting and of limited relevance for young learners. For second language (L2) grammar learning, some studies reveal advantages for spacing of 7 days or more, but others for shorter…
Descriptors: Verbs, Morphology (Languages), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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