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L2 vocabulary learning strategies
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Explicit instruction can facilitate learner awareness of the surface features of a language, but does not guarantee it. Similarly, learners in an incidental learning condition are not necessarily unaware. This study investigated the development of awareness, among Japanese ESL learners, of rules of thumb for the use of zero and definite articles with place names under an explicit instruction condition, in which learners were given the rules plus examples, and an incidental instruction condition, in which learners responded to sentences containing examples. All instruction was computerized. Instruction was given in English and was followed by a twenty-question debriefing interview conducted in the learners' L1 in order to assess their awareness. The findings show that awareness could develop under either condition, but that the explicit condition was much more facilitative. The study also found a very strong relationship between awareness and improved learner performance.

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Motivational aspects of using computers for writing and communication
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This sample chapter from Telecollaboration in Foreign Language Learning: Proceedings of the Hawai`i Symposium (Technical Report #12) describes a study which researches the effects on student motivation of using computers for writing and communication in the language classroom.

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Performance and portfolio assessment (1985–1995): An extended annotated bibliography of sources useful for language teachers
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This bibliography offers a collection of extended article summaries drawn from the performance and portfolio assessment literature of the past decade. Articles include journal entries as well as book chapters, and they were chosen based on the representation of various segments of the relevant literature. Annotated entries represent the general education literature and the L2 literature, and they cover theoretical bases for performance and portfolio assessment as well as implementation of and research on alternative forms of assessment. Also included are representative articles from the relevant assessment validity literature. Finally, other related references (not annotated in the current bibliography) are listed. The bibliography should be of use to language testers, language educators, and language researchers interested in the development of performance and portfolio assessment over the past ten years.

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Join us to hear how engagement with OER and/or OEP influenced the teaching practices of four language instructors. There will be a 25 minute presentation segement, and the rest of the time will be for questions and discussion. Information about presenters and their work: Sonia Balasch worked with a team of colleagues to create Español y cultura en perspectiva: A collection of nine critical-thinking thematic lessons composed of Spanish language readings and communicative activities for intermediate-level students of Spanish. Margherita Berti created Italian Open Education, a website that offers a collection of openly-licensed and free-to-use 360-degree virtual reality videos for Italian learners and teachers. Julianne Hammink is working with the Center for ESL at the University of Arizona to develop instructional materials for ESL and Academic Pathways programs. These materials are developed from Open Educational Resources. They are finishing the first year of the project, and many of our instructional materials are now in use. David Thompson completed a series of problem-based learning units for advanced students of Spanish available to instructors online as OER to use or modify. The purpose of the units is to provide advanced students of Spanish a series of compelling problems from Spanish culture and society to solve collaboratively in small teams.

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