Rena Helms-Park

Rena Helms-Park
University of Toronto | U of T · Centre for French and Linguistics

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Rena Helms-Park currently works at University of Toronto. Rena does research in Psycholinguistics, Interlinguistics and Composition Studies. Their current project is 'Childhood Trilingualism'.

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Publications (35)
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This study examines the narrative production of 12 trilingual children aged 8;7–11;10 in three languages: heritage Romanian as a first language, mainstream English as a second, and school French as a third. Narrative macrostructure was analyzed via the Narrative Structure Scheme, while microstructure was assessed via story length, lexical diversity...
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This longitudinal study documents a trilingual child’s struggle with decoding and word recognition, the remedies sought to help him start reading in his second language (English) while he was in French immersion, and his performance after the intervention on tests of phonological awareness in L1 Romanian, L2 English, and L3 French. The study commen...
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Purpose The aim of the study was to develop and validate a probe word list and scoring system to assess speech motor skills in preschool and school-age children with motor speech disorders. Method This article describes the development of a probe word list and scoring system using a modified word complexity measure and principles based on the hier...
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This study charts the lexical development of three sequential bilingual kindergarteners whose first language, Romanian, was acquired naturalistically at home, and whose second language, English, was acquired in kindergarten. The children's lexical development in English and Romanian was assessed at five different points over a two-year period via t...
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The effects of song and elaboration were assessed on the acquisition and retention of lexical items by beginner learners of Italian. Lexical acquisition investigated through an incidental learning experiment based on the premise that growth in L2 vocabulary can be facilitated by subvocal rehearsal and elaborate processing of lexical items. Particip...
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Reading in a Second Language offers a comprehensive survey of the phenomenon and process of reading in a second language, with graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and applied psychology as its primary audience. The book explores reading processes from a number of complementary standpoin...
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To appear in Journal of English for Academic Purposes.
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This paper describes the process of designing, administering, and assessing a language-sensitive and culture-specific lexical test of Labrador Inuttitut (a dialect of Inuktitut, an Eskimo-Aleut language). This process presented numerous challenges, from choosing citation forms in a polysynthetic language to dealing with a lack of word frequency dat...
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This study investigates the roles of collaborative output, the modality of output, and word engagement in vocabulary learning and retention by Chinese-speaking undergraduate EFL learners. The two treatment groups reconstructed a passage that they had read in one of two ways: (1) dyadic oral interaction while producing a written report (Written Outp...
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Qian and Schedl's Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge Test was administered to 31 native-speaker undergraduates under an “unconstrained” condition, in which the number of responses to headwords was unfixed, whereas a corresponding group (n = 36) completed the test under the original “constrained” condition. Results revealed lower accuracy in the unconstr...
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The words paradigmatic and syntagmatic were transposed in the second sentence of the Abstract, which is reprinted herein. We regret this transposition and any problems it may have caused.
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Cognates can be defined in multiple ways depending on one's research or pedagogical focus.
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This entry deals with research designs in applied linguistics in which two independent groups of participants are compared. First, the concept of independent groups is defined and contrasted with other designs. Then, a number of essential research and statistical terms related to studies involving two independent groups are elaborated on. Finally,...
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In a recent article in ESP, Matsuda and Tardy (2007) investigate the role of voice in academic writing via a simulated blind manuscript review process. Based on their findings, they claim that voice does play a role in such writing, and call for further research into the issue of the reader’s construction of authorial identity. Matsuda and Tardy’s...
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While the use of a search engine to find secondary sources is now a commonplace practice among undergraduate writers, recent studies show that students' online searches often lead to materials that are wholly or partially unsuitable for academic purposes. Accordingly, this project set out to determine whether using a more specialized search engine,...
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The steady increase in the use of Web sites as sources in undergraduate research-based papers has raised concerns about the suitability of these reference materials for citation and about the ability of undergraduates to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate sources in academic writing. While informal means of evaluating Web sites are i...
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This paper introduces the Website Acceptability Tiered Checklist (WATCH), a preliminary version of a multi-trait scale that could be used by instructors and students to assess the quality of websites chosen as source materials in students’ research papers in a Humanities program. The scale includes bands for assessing: (i) the authority and reputat...
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This study examined 68 Web sources selected by 19 second-language (L2) students while preparing to write research papers. Students submitted an annotated bibliography consisting of ten sources from print or electronic media. Each Web source was classified according to type (e.g., news or advocacy). Of the 68 sites, 29 were considered conventional,...
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This paper contends that the L2 literature yields little empirical evidence of a relationship between the features associated with L1 voice and the quality of L2 academic writing. In fact, some of these features may be of little consequence in certain L2 writing contexts. Writing samples requiring learners to argue in favor of or against an aspect...
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This paper presents a study that attributes verb serialization in the interlanguage of Vietnamese-speaking ESL learners to language transfer and, furthermore, puts forward the view that such transfer bears a resemblance to substrate influence in creoles with serial verb constructions (SVCs). In a task that elicited English causatives through pictur...
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This paper puts forward the view that second language (L2) learners could benefit from being made aware of the semantic components which unify verbs that display a certain syntactic behaviour, and, more significantly, the semantic components which exclude other verbs from participating in this behaviour. In other words, an awareness of the paramete...
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This article reports the findings of a study in which transfer of verb properties was investigated via syntactic data elicited from second language (L2) learners. It was hypothesized that a learner's first language (L1) would influence the acquisition of verbs in those L2 semantic classes where so-called L1-L2 translation equivalents could be found...
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This article reports the findings of a study in which transfer of verb properties wasinvestigated via syntactic data elicited from second language (L2) learners. It was hypothesizedthat a learner's first language (L1) would influence the acquisition of verbs in those L2semantic classes where so-called L1-L2 translation equivalents could be found. T...

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Charting reading development of children at-risk for reading and who begin their literacy training in a school language that is different from the home (heritage) language and from the societal language. .
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First language maintenance, attrition, and revitalization