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Journal Title: Canadian Modern Language Review
Volume/Issue:   68/3
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: This issue contains:

A Longitudinal Study of Listening Perception in Adult Learners of English: Implications for Teachers
Tracey M. Derwing, Ron I. Thomson, Jennifer A. Foote and Murray J. Munro

This study is intended to help ESL (English as a second language) instructors make evidence-based decisions based on second language (L2) listening-development findings when selecting features for pronunciation instruction. In a longitudinal study of listening perception, we examined five common problems to determine which were most likely to improve in the absence of explicit instruction and which ones did not improve over time....
DOI: 10.3138/cmlr.1215

Vocabulary Learning through Assisted and Unassisted Repeated Reading
Stuart Webb and Anna C-S Chang

Previous research investigating the effects of unassisted and assisted repeated reading has primarily focused on how each approach may contribute to improvement in reading comprehension and fluency. Incidental learning of the form and meaning of unknown or partially known words encountered through assisted and unassisted repeated reading has yet to be examined in an ecologically valid context. This study investigated the effects of assisted and unassisted repeated reading on incidental vocabulary learning with beginner readers over two seven-week periods. ...
DOI: 10.3138/cmlr.1204.1

L'utilisation d'une mesure de la mémoire phonologique auprès d'une population d'enfants linguistiquement hétérogène
Véronique Fortier, Daphnée Simard and Leif French

Cette étude avait comme objectif de mettre à l'essai une tâche de répétition de non-mots destinée à une population francophone auprès d'une population dont la langue d'origine n'est pas le français. Un groupe de locuteurs de langues d'origine (n = 27) a été apparié à un groupe de locuteurs natifs du français (n = 27) possédant des connaissances lexicales réceptives comparables. Nous avons comparé les résultats des deux groupes à une tâche de répétition de non-mots. ...
DOI: 10.3138/cmlr.1252.1

Health Communication and Psychological Distress: Exploring the Language of Self-harm
Kevin Harvey and Brian Brown

This study explores adolescents' accounts of self-harm with a view to elucidate the implications for health care practitioners seeking to administer care to teenagers in English. Drawing on a corpus of 1.6 million words from messages posted on a UK-hosted adolescent health Web site, analysis began by identifying a range of keywords relating to self-harm. The subsequent contextual examination of these keywords afforded a close description of the contributors' experiences of self-harm and the factors that resulted in their self-injurious behaviours....
DOI: 10.3138/cmlr.1103

Book and Software Reviews / Critiques de livres et de logiciels
DOI: 10.3138/cmlr.68.3.341
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
LL Issue: 23.3852