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How does mother tongue affect second language acquisition?

How does mother tongue affect second language acquisition? | TELT | Scoop.it
A new study is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language.

 

Annie Tremblay: [C]ues, such as intonation, are harder to master and are more likely to be influenced by a speaker’s native language. Tremblay points to English where a stressed syllable is a strong indication that a new word is beginning. But in French the opposite is true; prominent syllables tend to be at the end of words.

 

“This kind of information can’t be memorized in a language such as French. It has to be computed. And this is where second language learners struggle,” Tremblay said.

 

An example of confusion is the French phrase for cranky cat, which in French is “chat grincheux.” For a brief second, the phrase can sound like the English pronunciation for “chagrin,” a word with French origins.

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Research behind this Language Magazine article paywalled here

Differential contribution of prosodic cues in the native and non-native segmentation of French speech

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/lp.2012.3.issue-2/lp-2012-0018/lp-2012-0018.xml

 

 

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L1 use in the L2 classroom: Pemberton 2011

Talk for MA TESOL class, University of Nottingham
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Nice set of slides about using target language in the classroom, with good list of references at the end.

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Fonctions de la traduction en didactique des langues-cultures : Christian Puren

Fonctions de la traduction en didactique des langues-cultures : Christian Puren | TELT | Scoop.it
Article de 2012 qui revisite une publication de 1995 sur la traduction en classe de langue avec des exemples de pratiques de traduction et leurs fonctions pour l'apprentissage et l'enseignement.
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Comme Vivian Cook, Christian Puren prend position contre l'utilisation exclusive de la langue cible et attaque un rapport européen récent selon lequel : "la recherche scientifique suggère que plus le bain linguistique est important, meilleure est la maîtrise de la langue apprise." 

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Teachers’ Classroom Language Use: Rabbidge & Chappell 2014

The teaching of English as a foreign language in South Korean public schools has seen the implementation of a number of new innovations. One such innovation, the teaching of English through English, dubbed TETE, is a government-initiated policy that requires public schools to teach English by only using English. Nevertheless, studies reveal that teachers are not implementing the policy. The current study, through a series of observations and interviews, ascertained that teachers were not implementing the government policy at the elementary-school level due to a conflict in government decrees, making it difficult for them to teach English by only using English while maintaining student motivation to learn English. The study reveals the importance that teachers place on the belief that motivation needs to be maintained at all costs, even superseding the need to maximize target language exposure. The paper calls for further studies of teachers who have established techniques to maintain student motivations for learning the target language while teaching exclusively in the target language, as well as touching upon the idea of the need for an alternative to the TETE policy.

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Interesting analysis of classroom use of L1 and TL by Korean elementary school teachers, who seem to be resisting official guidelines by using L1 to maintain motivation.

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Behind Classroom Code Switching: Layering and Language Choice in L2 Learner Interaction | Hancock McDonald ELT

Behind Classroom Code Switching: Layering and Language Choice in L2 Learner Interaction | Hancock McDonald ELT | TELT | Scoop.it
TESOL Quarterly vol 31, No 2. Summer 1997Mark Hancock

 

This article examines the code switching that goes on during group work in language classes in which the learners share an L1. The author argues that the discourse produced in these circumstances is layered as a result of the participants' oscillating between a literal and a nonliteral frame (Goffman, 1974). Discourse produced in the literal frame is termed off-record and is concerned with negotiation between the learners. Discourse in the literal frame is on-record and is performed to be overheard by a referee (a potential L2 audience). The author suggests that the significance of language choice behaviour differs across these two levels, and teachers concerned with increasing the quantity and quality of L2 production in group work must take this difference into account.

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Codeswitching in the second language classroom - L1 or L2, when and why?

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