Ana Lahuerta

Ana Lahuerta
University of Oviedo | UNIOVI · Área de Filología Inglesa

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Multilingualism is a broad term that alludes to the use of several languages (not necessarily proficiently) via the mutual interaction of languages in the mind of the user or with others. Thus, it does not only target language use, but how prior linguistic and cultural experience of such users contributes to determining their communicative competen...
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The aim of this paper is to explore and measure language learners’ performance in L2 writing production using the complexity, accuracy, and fluency constructs. A total of 123 secondary education students took part in the study. Results are manifold. In the first place, they show that the measures of fluency, accuracy, grammatical and lexical comple...
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The present study examines differences in syntactic complexity in English writing among advanced and upper intermediate undergraduates by means of quantitative measures of syntactic complexity. Participants were 250 Spanish undergraduates enrolled in a Degree in Modern Languages. A total of 121 students had an upper intermediate level (B2 level acc...
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The aim of the present study is to compare the writing products of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) university students using accuracy and grammatical complexity as measures. It also aims at examining the development of the morphological, syntactic, lexical, spelling, and punctuation errors committed by these learners when writing in English. St...
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The present study examines differences in syntactic complexity in English writing among lower intermediate and intermediate secondary education writers by means of quantitative measures of syntactic complexity, and compares the scores on the selected syntactic complexity measures with holistic ratings of learners’ overall writing quality. We examin...
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While the typology of metonymy has remained relatively stable in the literature, there is still ongoing discussion about metaphor varieties and their distinction from the former. Some theorists (Radden, 2003; Chen & Lai, 2012) have argued that language must be approached as stages along a continuum, with literal and metaphoric uses at both ends, an...
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The aim of the present study is twofold. In the first place, it aims at examining and comparing the written compositions of two groups of undergraduates enrolled in a University Degree in English Studies, using as measures accuracy and grammatical complexity. It also intends to describe the development of the morphological, syntactic, punctuation a...
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This study examines syntactic complexity in the writings of secondary education students from bilingual and non-bilingual contexts. The participants were 393 students in their third and fourth year of compulsory secondary education. Essays were evaluated by a selection of measures gauging complexification at the sentential, the clausal, and the phr...
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This paper examines written language accuracy in a content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and a non-CLIL instruction context including grade and gender in the analysis. Essays written by 393 third and fourth year CLIL and non-CLIL secondary education students were evaluated by two measures of second language (L2) accuracy: error-free sente...
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This study analysed the use of conjunctions by third-year and fourth-year secondary education Spanish EFL learners in their expository writings. The aim of the present paper was to contribute to clarify the question of the relationship between conjunction density and writing quality, and examine if there were any differences among the participants...
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Este artículo es un estudio cuantitativo que compara el grado de influencia de la familiaridad con el contenido del texto y el interés en el tema del pasaje sobre la comprensión lectora de 245 estudiantes españoles de inglés como lengua extranjera de 2º y 4º ESO. La comparación se establece de forma general y en función del género del lector, del n...
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The aim of the present paper was to contribute to clarify the question of the relationship between conjunction density and writing quality, and examine if there were any differences among the participants in terms of the frequency of use of conjunctions in their compositions. The participants were 399 secondary education students. Results of the qu...
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The present study compares bilingual and non-bilingual program students' L2 written competence. Three hundred and ninety-three secondary education students participated in the study. The results obtained show that: (a) there are significant differences in written competence between the bilingual and the non-bilingual program groups, with the biling...
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Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an innovative approach to foreign language learning based on the integration of language with (non-language) content in a dual-focussed learning environment. This article addresses teacher training in the framework of CLIL, focusing on the specific needs and challenges for CLIL teachers. It also ap...
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The present study examines the relationships among the variables believed to affect Spanish undergraduates' willingness to communicate in English. The participants were 195 students majoring in several degrees at the University of Oviedo. A questionnaire and a standardized English Test were administered to the students in February-March 2013. Regre...
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The aim of this paper is to explore the relative effects of gender and content familiarity on English as a Foreign Language reading comprehension. Sixty-eight elementary and intermediate level undergraduate English language students at the Facility of Teacher Training of the University of Oviedo participated in the study. The results of the study s...
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The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of both perceived interest and prior knowledge on L2 reading comprehension, assessed by means of several assessment tasks: written recall, sentence completion and multiple choice. Participants were 129 students enrolled in an intermediate level English course at the University of Oviedo. The results o...
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The aim of this work is to analyse how Spanish readers react to English discourse markers in a text. We carry out an empirical study in which we ask three research question: (a) if there is any relationship between presence of discourse markers or absence of discourse markers and reading comprehension in English as a foreign language, (b) if there...
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The aim of this paper is to review the research carried out to date on the use and effect of background knowledge on reading comprehension. We want to reflect on the use of background knowledge in first (L1) and second (L2) language reading comprehension and on the interrelation between language proficiency and background knowledge in reading compr...
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The research literature on metacognitive awareness of reading strategies indicates the need to increase our understanding of readers' metacognitive knowledge about reading and reading strategies so that individuals develop into active, constructively responsive readers. The study presented here is intended to study the reported strategy use of Engl...
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The research literature oil metacognitive awareness of reading strategies indicates the need to increase our understanding of readers' metacognitive knowledge about reading and reading strategies to develop them into active, constructively responsive readers. The study reported here is intended to contribute to the study of the relationship between...
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El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar cómo los lectores españoles reaccionan ante los marcadores discursivos en un texto. Llevamos a cabo un estudio empírico con 133 estudiantes universitarios españoles de inglés como lengua extranjera para analizar: (a) si hay alguna relación entre la presencia o la ausencia de marcadores del discurso y la compr...
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The present paper investigates the use of text structure as a tool to facilitate and improve EFL students' comprehension of a text written in a foreign language. It explains the results of an experimental study carried out to analyse the relationship between use of the rhetorical organization that a text employs, on the one hand, and the comprehens...
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This study investigates the use of discourse markers by Spanish learners of English. It is intended as an initial contribution to the study of how discourse markers are used by foreign language learners. We conduct two pilot studies involving the use of English discourse markers by native speakers of Spanish. We first study if these speakers use En...
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The present paper proposes a needs analysis for students of English for Specific Purposes which conjugales needs derivable from dijferent kinds of/actual information about learners, their use of language in real-Ufe communication situations as well as their current language profíciency and language difficulties together with cognitive and ajfective...
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Mi exposición se divide en tres puntos principales: comenzaré explicando cuál es el estado de la cuestión en la investigación tanto teórica como empírica dentro del campo que aborda este artículo (la explotación pedagógica del uso de la estructura textual durante la lectura). En segundo lugar explicare mis propios estudios empíricos, los objetivos...
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The aim of this paper is to clarify the existing debate in the literature concerning the interactive nature of reading and the role of bottom-up and top-down processes in second language (L2) reading. In order to fulfil this objective we analyze the research conducted regarding the role of background knowledge in L2 reading comprehension. Specifica...

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