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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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Plonsky, Luke; Derrick, Deirdre J. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Ensuring internal validity in quantitative research requires, among other conditions, reliable instrumentation. Unfortunately, however, second language (L2) researchers often fail to report and even more often fail to interpret reliability estimates beyond generic benchmarks for acceptability. As a means to guide interpretations of such estimates,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Meta Analysis, Reliability, Sample Size
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Ennser-Kananen, Johanna – Modern Language Journal, 2016
As I am writing this piece, I am highly aware of my privilege as a White, middle class, European woman. I have never had to flee my home, justify my existence, or fear for my life. Although stories of human suffering deeply affect me, my pain is not the pain of those who feel it on their own bodies, minds, lands, and families. I offer this piece…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Refugees, Immigrants
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Shardakova, Maria – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Over the past decade, second language (L2) humor has attracted scholarly attention as both a means and a goal of L2 development. Much of this research, however, has focused on oral communication, whereas virtually no studies address humor as an aspect of reading comprehension. This exploratory study combines these two areas of inquiry, examining…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Russian, Reading Comprehension, Humor
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Wu, Shu-Ling – Modern Language Journal, 2016
It has been noted that Chinese shows both satellite- and verb-framed properties (Beavers, Levin, & Tham, 2010; Slobin, 2004), a fact that offers the opportunity to explore the typological influence of learners' dominant language because they can choose either option to describe the same motion events and be grammatically correct. This study…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Language Dominance, Socialization
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Leung, Constant; Scarino, Angela – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Transformations associated with the increasing speed, scale, and complexity of mobilities, together with the information technology revolution, have changed the demography of most countries of the world and brought about accompanying social, cultural, and economic shifts (Heugh, 2013). This complex diversity has changed the very nature of…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Objectives, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chun, Dorothy; Smith, Bryan; Kern, Richard – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article offers a capacious view of technology to suggest broad principles relating technology and language use, language teaching, and language learning. The first part of the article considers some of the ways that technological media influence contexts and forms of expression and communication. In the second part, a set of heuristic…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Heuristics
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Wiley, Terrence G.; García, Ofelia – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article considers the relevance of language policy and planning (LPP) for language education in the United States in relation to the country's longstanding and continuing multilingualism. In reflecting on the U.S. context, one striking feature is the absence of a guiding overarching explicit national educational language policy. Language…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, National Security
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Kubanyiova, Magdalena; Crookes, Graham – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article lays out the proposition that the rapid changes in 21st-century society, in which multilingualism is the norm, have presented new challenges, questions, and resources with regard to the roles, tasks, and contributions of language teachers. In line with recent research developments and in keeping with tradition, we believe it helpful…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Teacher Role, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Collins, Laura; Muñoz, Carmen – Modern Language Journal, 2016
"The Modern Language Journal" has long been an important venue for the publication of research and reflection on the teaching and learning of foreign languages (FL) in classroom contexts. In this article, we offer a perspective on the contemporary FL classroom, informed by a descriptive survey of all studies that took place in FL classes…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French, German
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Toth, Paul D.; Davin, Kristin J. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
As a new century begins for "The Modern Language Journal," we argue that highly effective pedagogy requires viewing language and language learning as both cognitive and social phenomena, and that teachers who seek to truly understand the nature of their responsibilities do not have the luxury of choosing one perspective over the other.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Decision Making
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Kibler, Amanda K.; Valdés, Guadalupe – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Through examination of one recently manufactured term for language learners (Long-term English Learners) and review of a century of "MLJ" articles, we examine varying "socioinstitutional" conceptualizations of second/foreign/heritage language learners as shaped by educational institutions and related stakeholders over time,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Definitions, Teaching Methods
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Norris, John M. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
Language program evaluation is a pragmatic mode of inquiry that illuminates the complex nature of language-related interventions of various kinds, the factors that foster or constrain them, and the consequences that ensue. Program evaluation enables a variety of evidence-based decisions and actions, from designing programs and implementing…
Descriptors: Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Program Evaluation
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Purpura, James E. – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This article summarizes some of the main issues, concerns, and debates that have ensued over the years in the field of L2 assessment and shows how past concerns have shaped contemporary L2 assessment research and practice. The article first describes what L2 assessment is and what it entails, arguing that notions of L2 assessment have been…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation, Decision Making
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King, Kendall A.; Mackey, Alison – Modern Language Journal, 2016
The field of second language studies is using increasingly sophisticated methodological approaches to address a growing number of urgent, real-world problems. These methodological developments bring both new challenges and opportunities. This article briefly reviews recent ontological and methodological debates in the field, then builds on these…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Epistemology
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