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Zheng, Xuan – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The article aims to expand the scope of research on international teaching assistants (ITAs) by foregrounding identities as pedagogical resources. Employing an ethnographic multiple case study approach, the study examined the experiences of 2 English department ITAs in learning to teach College Composition classes at a public university in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Ethnicity, Self Concept, Foreign Students
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Stranger--Johannessen, Espen; Norton, Bonny – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The African Storybook (ASb) is a digital initiative that promotes multilingual literacy for African children by providing openly licenced children's stories in multiple African languages, as well as English, French, and Portuguese. Based on Darvin and Norton's (2015) model of identity and investment, and drawing on the Douglas Fir Group's (2016)…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Capital
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Hiver, Phil – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This article describes a validation study using Retrodictive Qualitative Modeling, a framework for conducting research from a dynamic and situated perspective, to establish an empirical foundation for a new phenomenological construct--language teacher immunity. Focus groups (N = 44) conducted with second language (L2) practitioners and teacher…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Marsden, Emma; Kasprowicz, Rowena – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This article reports on 2 connected studies that provide data about the flow of research to foreign language (FL) educators in majority Anglophone contexts. The first study investigated exposure to research among FL educators in the United Kingdom using 2 surveys (n = 391; n = 183). The data showed (a) some limited exposure to research via…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Surveys
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Graus, Johan; Coppen, Peter-Arno – Modern Language Journal, 2017
It is widely accepted that teacher cognitions--what teachers know, think, and believe--play a significant part in teachers' decision-making processes. The present study investigated the specific cognitions that 74 Dutch undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) had on grammar instruction and how these…
Descriptors: Grammar, Focus Groups, Interviews, Second Language Learning
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Ke, Sihui Echo; Koda, Keiko – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This study examined the contributions of morphological awareness (MA) to second language (L2) word meaning inferencing in English-speaking adult learners of Chinese (N = 50). Three research questions were posed: Are L2 learners sensitive to the morphological structure of unknown multi-character words? Does first language (L1) MA contribute to L2…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Metalinguistics
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Hauser, Eric – Modern Language Journal, 2017
Within the framework of Conversation Analysis for Second Language Acquisition (CA-SLA), this study uses learning behavior tracking (LBT) (Markee, 2008) with longitudinal data to investigate word learning by one adult second language (L2) user of English. The adult is a first language (L1) user of Japanese with limited proficiency in English. Data…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Japanese, Native Language
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Yashima, Tomoko; Nishida, Rieko; Mizumoto, Atsushi – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This study investigates 3 unexplored issues regarding Second Language (L2) Motivational Self System theory. It further validates the theory using multiple structural equation modeling (SEM) along with a procedure comparing the strength of corresponding paths. Japanese university freshmen (N = 2,631) responded to a questionnaire and took the…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Structural Equation Models, Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning
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Laufer, Batia; Aviad-Levitzky, Tami – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This study examined how well second language (L2) recall and recognition vocabulary tests correlated with a reading test, how well each vocabulary test discriminated between reading proficiency levels, and how accurate each test was in predicting reading proficiency when compared with corpus studies. A total of 116 college-level learners of…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Word Recognition, Language Tests, Scores
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Sato, Eriko; Chen, Julian Cheng Chiang; Jourdain, Sarah – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The development of distance learning courses for less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) often meets with instructional challenges, especially for Asian LCTLs with their distinct non-Roman characters and structures. This study documents the implementation of a fully online, elementary Japanese course at Stony Brook University. The curriculum was…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Instruction, Interviews, Language Proficiency
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Ushioda, Ema – Modern Language Journal, 2017
In 2006, Graddol predicted that numbers of "English as a foreign language" learners would begin to decline through the second decade of this century, as global English achieves basic skill status for children entering education in more societies across the world. As he further noted, having skills in additional languages may thus offer a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Attitudes, Learning Motivation
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Lasagabaster, David – Modern Language Journal, 2017
In Spain, more than 40% of the population lives in officially bilingual regions in which the minority language is used as a means of instruction at school and university. In addition, the increasing importance attached to learning English has led to the proliferation of multilingual school programs in which different languages are used to teach…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Multilingualism, Immigrants
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Busse, Vera – Modern Language Journal, 2017
This article explores adolescent students' attitudes toward learning English and other European languages studied at secondary school. The study is based on 2255 qualitative responses to a survey conducted in Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. The data reveal that, although differences between countries shape the experience of foreign…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Language Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation
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Duff, Patricia A. – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The majority of recent research on language learning motivation has reportedly focused on English as a target language, typically in relatively homogeneous, secondary and postsecondary "foreign language" settings. How applicable, then, are the theories and findings undergirding that research to our understanding of the contemporary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Learning Theories
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MacIntyre, Peter D.; Baker, Susan C.; Sparling, Heather – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The present research examines the role of music and dance in motivating Gaelic language learning on Cape Breton Island (Canada). The Gaelic language, once thriving in this context, has declined in use but flourishes in both music and dance. This article presents the results of in-depth interviews (60-90 minutes) with 10 accomplished adult…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Self Concept, Semantics
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