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  1. Curriculum, Competence, and the Foreign Language Teacher. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series.

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    Higgs, Theodore V., Ed.

    The articles in this book address some of the major issues facing foreign language teachers in the next decade. These issues grow out of the concepts that received most attention in the 1970s: communicative competence, alternatives to traditional instruction, articulation of the curriculum in view of realities in U.S. foreign language departments,…

  2. Teaching for Proficiency, the Organizing Principle. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series.

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    Higgs, Theodore V., Ed.

    A collection of reports and case studies of second language instruction for proficiency includes: "Language Teaching and the Quest for the Holy Grail" (Theodore V. Higgs); "The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines: A Historical Perspective" (Judith E. Liskin-Gasparro); "The Proficiency-Oriented Classroom" (Alice C. Omaggio); "Curriculum Development at the…

  3. Modern Media in Foreign Language Education: Theory and Implementation. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series.

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    Smith, William Flint, Ed.

    Intended for language teachers at all levels, administrators, and researchers, this book presents essays on the use of educational technology in language teaching, focusing on the use of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). The writings suggest the principles that should guide CALL in curriculum, methodology, and research efforts; in the…

  4. Rationale for Language Study. The Challenge of Communication. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 6.

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    Lippman, Jane N.

    Enrollment trends and factors that influence foreign language study in colleges and universities are discussed. Most college foreign language programs have emphasized the study of literature and have not been committed to the training of teachers or the teaching of civilization or culture. It appears that students' concern about the job market and…

  5. Modern Technology in Foreign Language Education: Applications and Projects. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series.

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    Smith, Wm. Flint, Ed.

    This book, the second of two volumes devoted to instructional media in second language instruction, focuses on specific applications of advanced technology in the classroom. The first part, "Applications," contains seven chapters. They are: "The Language Laboratory in the Computer Age" (S. E. K. Otto); "Television Technology in the Foreign…

  6. Building on Experience: Building for Success. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 10.

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    Phillips, June K., Ed.

    This volume on the general subject of foreign language curriculum deals with questions in the areas of program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The following papers are presented: (1) "Developing Foreign Language Curriculum in the Total School Setting: The Macro-picture," by Robert S. Zais; (2) "Identifying Needs and Setting Goals," by…

  7. Responding to New Realities. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 5.

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    Jarvis, Gilbert A., Ed.

    This volume concerns the realities surrounding the foreign language profession, reactions to the state of the profession, and responsibilities of educators and professionals. The following chapters are presented: (1) "The Realities Facing the Profession," by Stephen L. Levy; (2) "Many Learners, Many Goals, Many Curricula," by Wahneta M. Mullen;…

  8. NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: An Effective Tool for Improving Language Learning within and outside the Classroom

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    Moeller, Aleidine J.; Yu, Fei

    2015-01-01

    This article explores the theoretical foundation of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, developed by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), describes why and how to use these progress indicators in language education and reveals the value and impact on…

  9. Tailoring Language Instruction to Student Needs. The Challenge of Communication. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 6.

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    Joiner, Elizabeth G.

    The interaction of teacher, students, and materials in foreign language study is considered. In the student-centered classroom, the teacher must adapt materials to a particular client or clientele. Student needs and characteristics need to be determined, using diagnostic tools such as aptitude, intelligence and creativity tests, and attitudinal…

  10. Developing Foreign Language Curriculum in the Total School Setting: The Macro-Picture. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 10.

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    Zais, Robert S.

    Four broad questions are addressed in this consideration of foreign language study in the total school setting. The first part deals with the broad perspective that is needed in order to integrate the educational enterprise and to form a community of educators each with a special contribution to make. Some considerations relevant to this question…

  11. Proficiency Orientation in Foreign Language Education: Implications for Instructional Design.

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    Supinski, Stanley B.

    For the second language student, proficiency is a measure of what tasks can be accomplished with acquired language and how well they can be accomplished. The necessity for specification of functional proficiency arose, and resulted in the publication of guidelines by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)'s guidelines…

  12. Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Proceedings of the Colloquium.

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    Marchione, Margherita, Ed.; del Olmo, Guillermo, Ed.

    Four papers presented at a colloquium on foreign language teaching and learning stress topics and problems of immediate concern to the teaching profession. The documents include: (1) "ACTFL and the Changing Scene" by Edward Scebold, (2) "The Theory and Practice of Foreign Language Instruction: Overview and Recent Developments" by Guillermo del…

  13. Foreign Language Student Teaching: Do Supervisor Qualifications Really Matter?

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    Kissau, Scott P.; Algozzine, Bob

    2013-01-01

    According to national standards for foreign language (L2) teacher education programs established by the ACTFL and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), L2 student teachers must be supervised by university faculty who are qualified L2 educators. An exploratory study was conducted to better understand the impact of…

  14. A Neglected Aspect of the Standards: Preparing Foreign Language Spanish Teachers to Teach Pronunciation

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    Morin, Regina

    2007-01-01

    This article discusses reasons for explicit pronunciation instruction, despite the continued neglect of this area in the communicative classroom. "ACTFL/NCATE Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers (2002)" and "Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century" (National Standards, 1999) dictate that teachers…

  15. Proficiency Testing in the Less Commonly Taught Languages. ERIC Digest.

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    Thompson, Richard T.; Johnson, Dora E.

    Efforts to expand the generic language proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) began when developers realized that the ACTFL guidelines were too Eurocentric; the guidelines included grammatical categories specific to Western European languages and…

  16. Learning to Teach a Foreign Language: A Student Teacher's Role Identity Negotiation

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    Martel, Jason Peter

    2013-01-01

    Traditional foreign language remains a conservative and underdeveloped subject. Change-promoting efforts like ACTFL's National Standards have had a limited impact on teachers' pedagogies (Glisan, 2012), and program-exiting student proficiency levels remain relatively low (CASLS, 2010). Given the reciprocal shaping relationship between…

  17. Creating a Culture for the Preparation of an ACTFL/NCATE Program Review

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    McAlpine, Dave; Dhonau, Stephanie

    2007-01-01

    This article examines what one university has done to prepare for its program review for recognition by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) of NCATE. The history of the standards movement within higher…

  18. Reliability and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview: Reporting Indices of Interrater Consistency and Agreement for 19 Languages

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    Surface, Eric A.; Dierdorff, Erich C.

    2003-01-01

    The reliability of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) has not been reported since ACTFL revised its speaking proficiency guidelines in 1999. Reliability data for assessments should be reported periodically to provide users with enough information to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of the assessment. This study provided the most…

  19. Common American Attitudes That Help and Hinder in Communicating in a Foreign Culture. ACTFL Master Lecture Series.

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    Geno, Thomas H.

    Five American cultural characteristics hinder communication in foreign cultures: feelings of Anglo-American superiority, a myopic and insular mentality due to geographic isolation, lack of international perspective, chronic anti-intellectualism, and snobism attributed to the speaking of foreign languages by those who do not. Professionals teaching…

  20. Increasing Language Awareness and Self-Efficacy of FL Students Using Self-Assessment and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines

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    Kissling, Elizabeth M.; O'Donnell, Mary E.

    2015-01-01

    This study describes how oral language was assessed in an advanced-level college foreign language (FL) conversation course. Learners used the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines to guide self-analyses of their oral production at intervals throughout the course. The intent was to provide opportunities for…

  1. Career Education - Foreign Languages.

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    Kennedy, Dora F.; And Others

    This guide is designed to hel teachers in all disciplines to expand students' awareness of foreign languages and their importance in career education. The guide urges interdisciplinary cooperation between foreign language instructors and other teachers. Study and activity suggestions using foreign languages are made for elementary, junior high and…

  2. Foreign Language Academy

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    Palandra, Maria

    2008-01-01

    As interest in the study of foreign languages grows, more and more school and district leaders will be charged with the responsibility of establishing a language program. Some of the questions that they will need to answer include: What language and what model should be selected? How could another program be inserted in a school day already…

  3. Foreign Languages in Careers.

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    Dill, Wolfgang

    Foreign language study must be justified in relation to everyday situations, problems and needs. Second language education must therefore be integrated with career education. The Oregon State Department of Education sponsored a study for a group of educators to produce a transportable display and a video tape for career awareness purposes and to…

  4. Foreign Languages and Your Career.

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    Bourgoin, Edward

    Divided into two major parts, this book is intended to indicate careers in which people need foreign languages in their work and to provide suggestions and sources of further information for those who already have foreign language skills and those who are planning to acquire them. Part 1 discusses careers in which a foreign language is needed as a…

  5. Japanese attitudes towards foreign languages.

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    Abe, Keiko

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to clarify Japanese attitudes towards foreign languages based on the kinds and changes of TV and radio programs that aired on the Japanese national broadcasting station (NHK) between 1955 and 2000. Foreign language programs are classified into three groups according to their content: 1) cultivation, 2) education, or 3) communication. For Japanese people, foreign languages are the measures of intelligence and intellect. Studying a foreign language is considered a sign of intelligence whether or not it is used for actual communication. The number of foreign language programs has increased tremendously since 1965 in part because the global economy has brought many countries in such close contact. Since 1990, programs for the purpose of communication have increased because of the necessity to communicate with foreign people. Japanese attitudes towards studying foreign languages have been changing gradually from an intellectual purpose to a communication purpose. PMID:15156734

  6. Foreign Language "Think Tank" Symposium.

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    Thomas, Kathleen H.

    At the Foreign Language"Think Tank" Symposium of April 1975, the following major problems of community college foreign language teachers were identified: (1) low enrollment; (2) attrition; (3) low achievers; (4) articulation with universities; and (5) lack of interest. Suggested solutions included: (Problem 1) advertisement, a foreign language…

  7. Proceedings of the Symposium on the Evaluation of Foreign Language Proficiency (Indiana University, Bloomington, March 4-6, 1987).

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    Valdman, Albert, Ed.

    The proceedings of a two and one-half day symposium concerning the assessment of functional language ability through the oral interview process included the following papers: "The FSI/ILR/ACTFL Proficiency Scales and Testing Techniques: Development, Current Status, and Need Research" (John L. D. Clark, Ray T. Clifford); "The ACTFL Proficiency…

  8. Creativity in Foreign Language Teaching

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    Ostojic, Branko

    1975-01-01

    Problems with mechanistic and formalistic language teaching and the need for intensive and creative foreign language teaching are described. The role of the teacher is emphasized, and suggestions for teachers are made. (RM)

  9. Peer Mentoring Second Language Teachers: A Mutually Beneficial Experience?

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    Kissau, Scott P.; King, Elena Tosky

    2015-01-01

    Studies have shown that there are not enough qualified foreign language and English as a second language teachers in this country. To increase the number of new second language teachers who remain in the profession, and to promote their use of best teaching practices, the ACTFL has identified mentoring as a national research priority. The…

  10. Foreign Language Study in Budapest.

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    Feinberg, Lilian O.; Tarjan, Jeno

    1968-01-01

    Foreign language study at the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences in Budapest aims to develop the ability to use the language as a native would in a particular business or profession, and to help the student become fully aware of the political, historical, sociological, and geographical background of the foreign country and the…

  11. Directions in Foreign Language Testing.

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    Valette, Rebecca M.

    This handbook, which focuses on foreign language teaching in the classroom, aims to describe the "state of the art" in testing. The first section considers the area of aptitude testing, particularly the diagnostic function of aptitude tests. A taxonomy of foreign language teaching objectives points out the need to classify the aims of foreign…

  12. Foreign Languages in Career Training.

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    Bigelow, Barbara; Morrison, Norman

    The foreign language/career education program at Crossland Senior High School in Camp Springs, Maryland, is described. Crossland High maintains two distinct divisions, the academic and the vocational. The new language program offers vocational students the opportunity to learn to speak and understand those foreign words and phrases most needed in…

  13. Foreign Language Scope and Sequence.

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    Raven, Patrick T.; And Others

    The scope and sequence format for foreign language instruction in Waukesha, Wisconsin's public schools is presented. It charts the specific concepts, skills, and objectives to be included in foreign language exploration (FLEX) courses and courses in French, German, Latin, and Spanish at each of five levels. Each concept, skill, and objective is…

  14. Authentic Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom: Focus on Listening and Reading. ACTFL Master Lecture Series.

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    Joiner, Elizabeth G.

    There is growing evidence that the best way to prepare students to cope with authentic oral and written texts they will encounter in actual situations is to introduce such texts into the classroom as early as possible. The selection of texts appropriate for beginning students involves examination of the texts themselves and consideration of the…

  15. Identifying native language difficulties among foreign language learners in college: a "foreign" language learning disability?

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    Ganschow, L; Sparks, R L; Javorsky, J; Pohlman, J; Bishop-Marbury, A

    1991-11-01

    The present study compared successful and unsuccessful college foreign language learners on measures of intelligence, foreign language aptitude, native oral and written language, and math. Unsuccessful students had received petitions to waive the foreign language requirement. No significant differences between groups were found on intelligence and reading comprehension. Significant differences were found on the Modern Language Aptitude Test, on tests of written and oral language in the syntactic and phonological domains, and on math calculation. Authors suggest that students with foreign language learning difficulties may have underlying native language problems manifested especially in the areas of syntax and phonology. Suggestions for diagnosing a foreign language disability are made.

  16. Foreign Language Attrition.

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    de Bot, Kees; Weltens, Bert

    1995-01-01

    Reviews recent research on language maintenance and language loss, focusing on the loss of a second language in a first language environment, the linguistic aspects of loss, and relearning a "lost" language. An annotated bibliography discusses nine important works in the field. (43 references) (MDM)

  17. Leadership Development and Language Learning: A Foundational Framework

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    Long, Sheri Spaine; Derby, LeAnn; Scharff, Lauren; LeLoup, Jean W.; Uribe, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The ACTFL [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] 21st Century Skills Map (2011) proposes incorporating "leadership and responsibility" into language learning (LL). This study offers a foundational framework for combined LL and leadership development (LD) and contains a snapshot of the presence of LD in the language…

  18. Looking into a Crystal Ball: Is Requiring High-Stakes Language Proficiency Tests Really Going to Improve World Language Education?

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    Burke, Brigid M.

    2013-01-01

    Brigid Burke is the program coordinator of World Language Education at her university, which is housed in the College of Education and Human Development. Since obtaining this position 4 years ago, she has become most concerned about certain recommendations that were made by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2002,…

  19. Language Use in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Thompson, Gregory L.; Harrison, Katie

    2014-01-01

    Students' first and target language are often used by both teachers and students during instruction in the foreign language classroom (Levine, 2011). In this study, the frequency of and reasons for students' and teachers' use of English or Spanish were analyzed using video recordings of 40 class sessions taught by eight randomly…

  20. National Foreign Language Planning: Practices and Prospects.

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    Sajavaara, Kari, Ed.; And Others

    A selection of essays on foreign language planning at the national level contains articles on the language planning process, language choice, teacher education, testing and assessment, and transnational planning. Essays include the following: "Foreign Language Teaching Policy: Some Planning Issues" (Theo J. M. van Els); "Foreign Language Planning…

  1. Foreign Language Testing. Specialised Bibliography.

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    Perren, G. E., Ed.

    This specialized bibliography provides a widely representative selection of materials on testing foreign language skills. It is divided into two sections. The first covers articles that have appeared in periodicals over the past two years and includes abstracts of each. These have been reprinted from volumes 1 through 9 of "Language Teaching and…

  2. Foreign Language in Elementary Schools.

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    Chestnut, David T.

    The success of foreign language in elementary schools (FLES) depends upon the cooperation and effort of administrators, classroom teachers, secondary school language teachers, the community at large, and parents. Having stated this, the author points out five fundamentals for FLES concerning: (1) major objectives, (2) sequential planning, (3)…

  3. Foreign Languages and the Public.

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    Gerlach, U. Henry, Ed.

    1981-01-01

    The papers in this issue of "Studies in Language Learning" deal with various aspects of the recommendations of the "Report of the President's Commission on Foreign Languages and International Studies." They discuss how these recommendations could be made specific in schools, colleges, and among the citizenry. The following papers from the issue…

  4. Foreign Language Instruction: A National Agenda.

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    Lambert, Richard D., Ed.

    1987-01-01

    A collection of papers of directions in second language education includes: "The Improvement of Foreign Language Competency in the United States" (Richard D. Lambert); "The Measurement of Foreign/Second Language Proficiency" (Lyle F. Bachman, John D. Clark); "Advanced Technology in Foreign Language Instruction and Translation" (John Fought);…

  5. Foreign Languages and Careers.

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    Honig, Lucille J.; Brod, Richard I.

    The purpose of the report is to explain why so many different types of people in so many different parts of the country need languages in their work, and why students planning their education in preparation for certain kinds of careers should be aware of these needs. The focus is mainly on language as an auxiliary skill, on the careers in which…

  6. Identifying Native Language Difficulties among Foreign Language Learners in College: A "Foreign" Language Learning Disability?

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    Ganschow, Leonore; And Others

    1991-01-01

    This comparison of 15 successful and 15 unsuccessful college foreign-language learners found significant intergroup differences in performance on the Modern Language Aptitude Test, tests of written and oral language in the syntactic and phonological domains, and math calculation. Results suggest that students with foreign language learning…

  7. Promoting Foreign Language Study Outside the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Roberts, Louis

    A substantial change in the core curriculum and general education requirements at Syracuse University provided the context for an interdisciplinary approach to encouraging foreign language study among undergraduates. A unique "continuing skill requirement" dictates that students in upper division courses sharpen and consolidate skills developed in…

  8. Foreign Languages--Middle School. Exploratory Foreign Language. Second Edition.

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    Kennedy, Dora F.

    This curriculum guide outlines Prince George's County (MD) schools' seventh and eighth grade program of exploratory foreign language. Topics presented include: administrative and instructional policy statements; course overview; notes on concepts, skills, and content; timetables for fall and spring semester courses; rationale and goals; student…

  9. The Study of Foreign Languages in China

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    Magner, Thomas F.

    1974-01-01

    Discusses contemporary foreign-language teaching in China. The foreign languages taught, including Chinese dialects, are discussed, and observations of classes are reported. Teaching methods, textbooks used, and university curriculum are discussed. (RM)

  10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMMED MATERIALS--1966.

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    FIKS, ALFRED I.

    A LIST OF 26 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS IS PRESENTED. THE LIST INCLUDES SUCH INFORMATION AS PRICE, COMPLETION TIME, STUDENT LEVEL AND FORMAT OF EACH PROGRAM AND AN "ATOMY" INDEX. "ATOMY" IS DEFINED AS THE NUMBER OF FRAMES PER HOUR AND THE INDEX IS USED TO PROVIDE SOME INDICATION OF THE DEGREE OF FRACTIONATION OR ATOMIZATION OF THE COURSE CONTENT.…

  11. Approaches to Teaching Foreign Languages.

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    Hesse, M. G., Ed.

    Works by European and American educators from the Renaissance to the twentieth century are presented. A historical re-evaluation of foreign-language teaching combined with the scientific approach of modern linguistics can provide valuable insights for current teaching and learning approaches. Selections are presented from the writings of the…

  12. Foreign Languages and the Bicentennial.

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    Loew, Helene Z.; Lyons, Kay A.

    1975-01-01

    The activities suggested here are intended to encourage the participation of teachers and students of foreign languages in celebrating the Bicentennial. These brief suggestions are grouped under the following headings: (1) community-school involvement for teachers and students; (2) research possibilities for students; (3) extracurricular…

  13. Revisiting Problems with Foreign Language Aptitude

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    Safar, Anna; Kormos, Judit

    2008-01-01

    This study investigated three of the issues recently raised in connection with the traditional concept of foreign language aptitude: the relationship between foreign language aptitude and working memory and phonological short-term memory capacity, the role of foreign language aptitude in predicting success in the framework of focus-on-form foreign…

  14. Foreign Language Instruction: What Principals Should Know.

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    Lipton, Gladys C.

    2003-01-01

    Employs a question-answer format to discuss how and why principals should introduce foreign language in the early grades. Includes such questions as what foreign-language programs are suitable for K-8 schools? Describes four models for foreign-language instruction in elementary schools: Sequential FLES, Sequential FLEX, Exploratory, and Immersion.…

  15. Incidental Foreign Language Acquisition from Media Exposure

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    Kuppens, An H.

    2010-01-01

    A number of experimental studies have demonstrated the incidental acquisition of a foreign language by children and adolescents when watching foreign language television. While such experiments can only establish short-term effects, this article investigates the extent to which children's foreign language skills benefit from their long-term…

  16. Guidelines for Foreign Language Lesson Planning.

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    Rifkin, Benjamin

    2003-01-01

    Examines lesson planning in light of recent research and discussion of foreign language learning and teaching. Aims to give beginning teachers a sense of the recent history of the teaching of foreign languages in North America and the theoretical foundation of the communicative approach to foreign language teaching. (Author/VWL)

  17. Foreign Language Study: Fact and Fancy.

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    Miller, Virgil

    The purposes of this paper are to: (1) demonstrate the absolute necessity for foreign language study; (2) dispel some of the fancies or fantasies that have grown up concerning the learning of foreign languages; and (3) suggest various alternative programs in foreign language study and possible ways of implementing them. Some of the fallacious…

  18. Relationship among Iranian EFL Students' Foreign Language Anxiety, Foreign Language Listening Anxiety and Their Listening Comprehension

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    Serraj, Samaneh; Noordin, Noreen Bt.

    2013-01-01

    Anxiety is an influential factor in a foreign language learning domain and plays a crucial role in language learners' performance. The following study was conducted to explore the possible impact of Foreign Language Anxiety and Foreign Language Listening Anxiety on language learners' listening skill. The researcher was interested to know the…

  19. The Foreign Language Feature Film and Language Teaching Activities.

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    Chappell, Martin

    1986-01-01

    Analysis of foreign language films, featuring consideration of film sequence, image and film analysis, and literary adaptation, is an effective teaching activity with foreign language students. An example illustrates film analysis activities in a first-year French class. (CB)

  20. Why Johnny Should Learn Foreign Languages.

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    Huebener, Theodore

    A case for the study of foreign languages by pupils in the United States is presented in this book. The polyglot nature of America and the history of its language education is described, and language programs in foreign countries and in the United States are compared. Also discussed are the need for adequate language education for international…

  1. Teaching Reading in Russian, Volume 1. Instructional Materials for the Less Commonly Taught Languages.

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    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Yonkers, NY.

    These reading comprehension exercises, based on authentic Russian texts, are aimed at developing reading strategies in lower-level students of Russian. The exercises are designed for students reading at the Novice and Intermediate levels as determined by the American Counsel on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Educational Testing…

  2. "Pre-Language" and Foreign Language Mini-Courses.

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    Bar-Lev, Zev

    An examination is made of a foreign language teaching concept called pre-language that attempts to help foreign language students increase their speaking confidence and speaking abilities in the new language. The teaching method is designed for four distinct environments, including: (1) an independent mini-course for tourists or emergency needs;…

  3. Elementary Foreign Language Courses and General Education.

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    Burnett, David Graham

    1981-01-01

    Discusses the general education role assigned by many institutions to foreign language departments and the difficulties that these have encountered in adjusting their course offerings and their goals to such role. Expresses the belief that the foreign language classroom is the ideal environment to teach the value of language as a heuristic device.…

  4. Florida: State of the Foreign Language Arts.

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    Valdes, Gabriel M.

    In Florida, foreign language teaching has consistently followed national trends. Currently, there is a renaissance in language study. Enrollment has increased dramatically at all educational levels, due to a mandated state university system entrance requirement and two programs, the Florida Academic Scholars Program and Foreign Languages in the…

  5. A Global Approach to Foreign Language Education.

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    Conner, Maurice W., Ed.

    The papers collected here are largely devoted to foreign language education as a means of increasing international and cross-cultural understanding. Titles include: (1) "Language Is the Medium, Culture Is the Message: Globalizing Foreign Languages" (Lorraine A. Strasheim); (2) "Cultural Understanding for Global Citizenship: An Inservice Model"…

  6. Foreign Language Methodology Conference Workshop Reports, 1976.

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    Carranza, Jose M., Ed.; Whitmer, Robert L., Ed.

    This collection resulting from a workshop on language teaching methodology contains the following papers: (1) "The Role of Culture in Foreign Language Learning," by N. Brooks; (2) "Guidelines and Ideas to Boost the Enrollment in Foreign Language Courses," by L.F. Gonzalez-Cruz; "Cooking in the Classroom," by K. Boykin; (4) "Performance Based…

  7. Influences of Foreign Language Study on English

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    Boyd, Rachel

    1977-01-01

    Discussion of a study to determine the correlation between better performance of foreign language students in English and natural talent for languages, transfer of foreign language skills to English, or both talent and transfer. The procedure and results are described. Support for the third hypothesis (talent and transfer) was gained. (AMH)

  8. Foreign Language Study and the Brain.

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    LeLoup, Jean W.; Ponterio, Robert

    2003-01-01

    Provides information on foreign language study and the brain and highlights a Web site called Foreign Language Study and the Brain. The Web site is in Spanish and English and provides information on brain-sensitive activities that foster memory storage and language retrieval. Recent research on the brain and general recommendations for classroom…

  9. Appropriateness and the Foreign-Language Learner.

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    Gannon, Roger E.

    1980-01-01

    The attitude of the target-language community toward the foreign language learner has been overlooked in language teaching. The teacher should consider the native speaker's attitude toward the language learner's command of the language, whether the native speaker views the learner's proficiency as an intrusion, and whether situations dictate…

  10. Foreign Language Study: Fluency, Fun, and Careers

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    Hoff, Roma

    1977-01-01

    Knowledge of a foreign language can be vital for those in the health fields and police and fire services. Examples are cited, and reasons for learning a second language at different ages, from childhood to old age, are discussed. (LBH)

  11. Native Language Predictors of Foreign Language Proficiency and Foreign Language Aptitude

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    Sparks, Richard L; Patton, Jon; Ganschow, Leonore; Humbach, Nancy; Javorsky, James

    2006-01-01

    Fifty-four students were tested at specific time intervals over 10 years to determine best native language (NL) predictors of oral and written foreign language (FL) proficiency and FL aptitude. All participants completed two years of Spanish, French, or German. Each was administered measures of NL literacy, oral language, and cognitive ability in…

  12. Effective Foreign Language Teaching: Perceptions of Prospective English Language Teachers

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    Demiroz, Hakan; Yesilyurt, Savas

    2015-01-01

    Studies conducted so far have mainly focused on investigating the characteristics of effective foreign language teachers to understand the role of teacher effectiveness in the process of language learning, while there is scarcity of studies focusing on the perceptions of the characteristics of effective foreign language teaching of the students of…

  13. Foreign Language Majors: The Washington Perspective.

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    Weinstein, Allen I.

    The Federal Government needs people who can actually communicate in a foreign language, and our academic language programs are not producing such people. To solve this problem, there has to be a change in our basic attitudes and philosophies about language teaching and learning. Language courses must be transformed from passive exercises into…

  14. Anxiety About Foreign Language Learning among High School Women.

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    Ganschow, Leonore; Sparks, Richard

    1996-01-01

    Examines the relationship between anxiety and native-language skill and foreign-language aptitude measures among high school foreign-language learners using the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS). Findings suggest that skill in one's native language may affect aptitude for learning a foreign language and that the FLCAS may provide an…

  15. US Directory of Foreign Language Education Programs.

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    Grosse, Christine Uber

    The preparation of a directory of foreign language education programs was a response to the lack of an information source for location or curricular content of programs in foreign language pedagogy, and followed the lead of other associations in the United States and abroad in compiling such information. Despite having developed guidelines for…

  16. Internet Anxiety among Foreign Language Learners

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    Aydin, Selami

    2011-01-01

    Little attention has been paid to the demotivating potential of new technologies in foreign language research. Thus, this study aims to investigate Internet anxiety among foreign language learners and to determine the relationships between Internet anxiety and certain variables. A background questionnaire, an Internet information test, and an…

  17. Why or Why Not Foreign Languages.

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    Clark, Margaret L.; Rudolph, Marjorie H.

    1981-01-01

    Describes public forum held in Fayetteville, AR in 1979 designed to give the general public the opportunity to air pro and con opinions on value of foreign languages in public school curricula. Expressions from newspaper readers, television viewers, and forum participants suggest there is a general belief in the value of foreign language study.…

  18. Reflections on Foreign Language Education in Iran

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    Farhady, Hossein; Hezaveh, Fattaneh Sajadi; Hedayati, Hora

    2010-01-01

    This article reflects upon foreign-language education in Iran. Contrary to its political and historical reputation in the world, Iran has not been well presented regarding its educational system in general and its foreign-language education in particular. Of course, a critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Iranian education…

  19. "Language of the Enemy": Foreign Language Education and National Identity

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    Pavlenko, Aneta

    2003-01-01

    The focus of the present paper is on the relationship between national identities and foreign-language education policies and practices. The paper examines this relationship through a juxtaposition of three sociohistoric contexts in which sociopolitical events led to major changes in foreign-language education: post-World War I United States,…

  20. Conceptualising "Communication" in Foreign Language Instruction

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    Eisenchlas, Susana

    2010-01-01

    The emergence of communicative language teaching as the dominant paradigm in foreign language pedagogy cast "communication" in a central role in language acquisition, both as an aim and as a medium of instruction. Despite its centrality, the concept of "communication" is generally taken as widely understood and is seldom defined. This paper…

  1. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS IN LOUISIANA DEPOSITORIES.

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    BABINEAUX, AUDREY

    THIS MANUAL IS AN ANNOTATED LIST OF 16-MILLIMETER EDUCATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS (BOTH LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL) WHICH WERE PURCHASED WITH STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS AND PLACED IN LOUISIANA'S NINE FILM LIBRARIES. FILMS ARE ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY LANGUAGES. FILMS IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE ARE LISTED SEPARATELY FROM FILMS WITH ENGLISH NARRATION. A…

  2. Beliefs and Emotions in Foreign Language Learning

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    Aragao, Rodrigo

    2011-01-01

    From the argument that in languaging worlds are created (Aragao, 2005; Kalaja, 1995, 2003; Maturana and Varela, 2001; Nunez, 1997), this article aims at reflecting about the relationship between emotions and beliefs in foreign language learning. It is argued that beliefs and emotions in language learning/teaching are inter-related and can be…

  3. Key Issues in Foreign Language Writing

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    Reichelt, Melinda; Lefkowitz, Natalie; Rinnert, Carol; Schultz, Jean Marie

    2012-01-01

    In this article, four second language writing specialists address the following significant questions related to foreign language (FL) writing instruction: (1) How is FL writing different from English as a second language writing? (2) How does the sociolin-guistic role of a given FL influence how writing is employed in the overall curriculum for…

  4. Aptitude for Learning a Foreign Language.

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    Sparks, Richard; Ganschow, Leonore

    2001-01-01

    Review research on foreign language aptitude and its measurement prior to 1990. Describes research areas in the 1990s, including affective variables, language learning strategies, learning styles as contributors to aptitude and aptitude as a cognitive construct affected by language variables. Reviews research on individual differences and the…

  5. Metacognition and Second/Foreign Language Learning

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    Raoofi, Saeid; Chan, Swee Heng; Mukundan, Jayakaran; Rashid, Sabariah Md

    2014-01-01

    Metacognition appears to be a significant contributor to success in second language (SL) and foreign language (FL) learning. This study seeks to investigate empirical research on the role metacognition plays in language learning by focusing on the following research questions: first, to what extent does metacognition affect SL/FL learning? Second,…

  6. Foreign Language Planning in Saudi Arabia: Beyond English

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    Payne, Mark; Almansour, Maram

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents findings from an exploratory study of foreign language planning in Saudi Arabia. In terms of official policy, the sole foreign language taught in Saudi public schools is English. Therefore, researching foreign languages there is often limited to researching the area of English as a Foreign Language. However, evidence shows that…

  7. Are Foreign Languages on Their Way Out?

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    Rhodes, Jack W.; And Others

    Four California educators consider whether foreign language study will disappear from the curriculum. Suggesting that their topic is one that vitally concerns the nation's interests, the participants summarize their opinions in this report. Margaret A. Collin believes that California's removal of the mandated elementary foreign language…

  8. Our Foreign Language Illiteracy: International Implications.

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    Burn, Barbara B.

    The process of identifying and meeting U.S. national security needs, as well as the needs of international business and trade in the area of foreign languages and international studies, is complex. Three studies of the problem are discussed here: (1) a study by the General Accounting Office of foreign affairs agencies' capacity to obtain needed…

  9. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND THE FOREIGN STUDENT.

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    KAPLAN, ROBERT B.

    THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THAT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY SHOULD NOT BE MADE A COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS. HE ALSO BELIEVES, HOWEVER, THAT INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRAINING IN ENGLISH FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS SHOULD NOT ENCOURAGE THESE STUDENTS TO ENROLL. THE CONSORTIUM PLAN WHEREBY SCHOOLS WITH NO…

  10. Language Socialization in Korean-as-a-Foreign-Language Classrooms

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    Byon, Andrew Sangpil

    2006-01-01

    Within the language socialization framework, the second language (L2) classroom would constitute a powerful context of secondary socialization, particularly when it exists outside the learners' culture of origin. In this paper, first year Korean-as-a-Foreign-Language (KFL) classrooms are viewed as L2 socializing environments in which students are…

  11. Lying in a native and foreign language.

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    Duñabeitia, Jon Andoni; Costa, Albert

    2015-08-01

    This study explores the interaction between deceptive language and second language processing. One hundred participants were asked to produce veridical and false statements in either their first or second language. Pupil size, speech latencies, and utterance durations were analyzed. Results showed additive effects of statement veracity and the language in which these statements were produced. That is, false statements elicited larger pupil dilations and longer naming latencies compared with veridical statements, and statements in the foreign language elicited larger pupil dilations and longer speech durations and compared with first language. Importantly, these two effects did not interact, suggesting that the processing cost associated with deception is similar in a native and foreign language. The theoretical implications of these observations are discussed.

  12. Foreign and Second Language Anxiety

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    Horwitz, Elaine K.

    2010-01-01

    The possibility that anxiety interferes with language learning has long interested scholars, language teachers, and language learners themselves. It is intuitive that anxiety would inhibit the learning and/or production of a second language (L2). The important term in the last sentence is "anxiety". The concept of anxiety is itself multi-faceted,…

  13. Foreign Language Acquisition and Melody Singing.

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    Mora, Carmen Fonseca

    2000-01-01

    Considers the value of relating music and language in the English-as-Foreign-Language (EFL) classroom. This "melodic" approach is based on evidence that musicality of speech has an effect not only on the pronunciation skills of EFL students but also their entire acquisition process. (Author/VWL)

  14. AUDITORY FACTORS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.

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    LEUTENEGGER, RALPH R.; AND OTHERS

    INFORMATION ON THE AUDITORY SKILLS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS WAS OBTAINED AND A STUDY WAS MADE OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF THOSE SKILLS TO EASE OF MASTERY OF FRENCH AND SPANISH. THIS RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE CURRENT TREND IN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUDIOLINGUAL SKILLS BY PREDOMINANTLY AURAL…

  15. The Foreign Language Teacher's Suggestopedic Manual.

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    Lozanov, Georgi; Gateva, Evalina

    The guide, translated from Bulgarian, is designed for foreign language teachers using the suggestopedic method to teach adults or children. The text is divided into two parts. The first discusses suggestopedic language courses for adults, beginning with application and enrollment and including testing, instructions to the student, detailed…

  16. Contextual Dynamics in Foreign Language Learning Motivation

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    Kozaki, Yoko; Ross, Steven J.

    2011-01-01

    Learning context has increasingly been postulated to exert an influence on the dynamics of individual differences in language learning. In a longitudinal design that tested the proficiency gains of 1,682 learners over a 2-year foreign language program, a multilevel modeling approach was deployed in this study to account for variation in second…

  17. Problems and Prospects in Foreign Language Computing.

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    Pusack, James P.

    The problems and prospects of the field of foreign language computing are profiled through a survey of typical implementation, development, and research projects that language teachers may undertake. Basic concepts in instructional design, hardware, and software are first clarified. Implementation projects involving courseware evaluation, textbook…

  18. Foreign Language Teaching and Cultural Identity.

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    Nasr, Raja T., Ed.; And Others

    A collection of works on the role of cultural identity in second language learning and teaching includes: "Linguas estrangeiras e ideologia" (Roberto Ballalai); "Cultural Identity and Bilinguality" (Josiane F. Hamers, Michel Blanc); "Foreign Language Teaching and Cultural Identity" (Lakshmie K. Cumaranatunge); "Ensino de linguas estrangeiras e…

  19. Small-Group Learning. An Integrative Approach to Foreign Language Teaching. Choosing among the Options. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 8.

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    Baker, Reid E.

    Small group work is an indispensable component of self-paced individualized instruction and can also make possible a high degree of individualization in the conventional instructional situation. Partial instructional approaches varying whole-class presentations, small group work, and individualized study are discussed. Group work can facilitate…

  20. Humanistic Education: A Mosaic Just Begun. An Integrative Approach to Foreign Language Teaching: Choosing among the Options. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 8.

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    Galyean, Beverly

    Humanistic education, basing much of its theory on data provided by subjective experiences, is an attempt to create new perceptual systems for understanding human beings and to make these processes available in educational settings. Humanistic education is surveyed, with the view that its component branches are organized bodies of knowledge, each…

  1. The Effects of Teaching Songs during Foreign Language Classes on Students' Foreign Language Anxiety

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    Dolean, Dacian Dorin

    2016-01-01

    Foreign language classroom anxiety (FLCA) has been the subject of several studies aimed to optimize learning of a foreign language in the classroom. However, few studies provide specific curriculum-based methodological strategies to be used in the classroom in order to lower the anxiety level. In this article, two experimental classes of 8th-grade…

  2. Foreign Language Aptitude and Intelligence.

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    Wesche, Marjorie; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Provides a partial characterization of the nature of language aptitude through correlations and factor analyses of the Modern Language Aptitude Test and Primary Mental Abilities Test. Also discusses whether second-language learning ability is better conceptualized as a unitary or a composite factor. (EKN)

  3. 9 CFR 381.128 - Labels in foreign languages.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Labels in foreign languages. 381.128... in foreign languages. Any label to be affixed to a container of any dressed poultry or other poultry product for foreign commerce may be printed in a foreign language. However, the official inspection...

  4. First Language Proficiency and Successful Foreign Language Learning: The Case of High School Students Learning French as a Foreign Language

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    Gnintedem, Antoine

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated whether there was a correlation between first language proficiency as measured by the Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT II) Reading and Language Arts and foreign language proficiency as measured by the French Language Proficiency Test. Data for the independent variable, first language proficiency, was collected from the…

  5. Incidental Language Learning in Foreign Language Content Courses

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    Rodgers, Daryl M.

    2015-01-01

    This study examined the extent to which 40 students enrolled in upper level foreign language literary/cultural studies content courses showed evidence of incidental language learning over the course of a semester. Students completed a cloze passage and provided both writing and speaking samples at the beginning and end of the semester. In…

  6. Speaking and Instructed Foreign Language Acquisition. Second Language Acquisition

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    Pawlak, Miroslaw; Waniek-Klimczak, Ewa; Majer, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Developing the ability to speak in a foreign language is an arduous task. This is because it involves the mastery of different language subsystems, simultaneous focus on comprehension and production, and the impact of a range of social factors. This challenge is further compounded in situations in which learners have limited access to the target…

  7. Including Students with Disabilities in a Foreign Language Class

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    Duvall, Emily D.

    2006-01-01

    Student diversity and inclusion presents a unique set of challenges to foreign language teachers. In fact, it has long been recognized that children with learning disabilities, especially those whose difficulties are language-based, will be challenged by foreign language education. Including children with disabilities in a foreign language class…

  8. Foreign Languages for Business in the Secondary School Curriculum.

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    Grosse, Christine Uber

    A survey of the 20 most populous states concerning their secondary school provision of foreign languages for business is reported. State foreign language supervisors were interviewed for information on state policy or planning for the inclusion of foreign language for business or applied language studies, for information about specific programs or…

  9. 5 CFR 9901.364 - Foreign language proficiency pay.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 3 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Foreign language proficiency pay. 9901... language proficiency pay. (a) General provisions. (1) This section applies to employees who may be paid Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) if they are certified as proficient in a foreign language...

  10. 75 FR 43496 - Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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    2010-07-26

    ... Department of the Army Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center AGENCY... Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Date: August 10 and 11, 2010. Time of Meeting: Approximately 8... Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey (DLIFLC & POM), Building...

  11. 75 FR 47797 - Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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    2010-08-09

    ... Department of the Army Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center AGENCY... Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Date: September 13 and 14, 2010. Time of Meeting: Approximately... Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey (DLIFLC & POM), Building...

  12. Nonverbal Communication in the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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    Richardson, Joanna P.

    1979-01-01

    Discusses the importance of all forms of nonverbal communication in the teaching of foreign languages, including body language, paralinguistics, cross cultural understanding, and visual aids in teaching. (AM)

  13. Individualized Foreign Language Islands: Sample Materials.

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    Mountain View School District, CA.

    Students at Mountain View High School, California, are participating in an experimental foreign language program which is based on individualized instruction within a modular schedule. This collection of sample materials which students and parents receive reflects the goals and requirements of the program. Materials include: (1) program…

  14. Foreign Language Teaching Style and Personality.

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    Cooper, Thomas C.

    2001-01-01

    Administered a Teaching Activity Preference (TAP) questionnaire to ascertain how well teaching preferences fit personality type as determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Describes teaching preferences of a sample of preservice foreign language teachers. Findings and pedagogical implications for teachers are discussed. (Author/VWL)

  15. Public Relations for Foreign Languages. Q & A.

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    Harnett, Anne Marie

    Public relations (PR) is a well-planned campaign of activities the purpose of which is to sell a product (such as foreign language programs) to an external audience. PR differs from publicity in that publicity is a reaction to occasional events whereas PR is a plan with identifiable objectives which extends over a period of time. In conducting a…

  16. Fun and Games with Foreign Languages.

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    Saunders, Helen V., Comp.

    Eleven West Virginia teachers contributed the games included in this publication. All of the games have been classroom tested for their educational results as well as for their promotion of student interest and are intended for use in a foreign language class. The following games are described in detail: (1) Advanced Verbs, (2) Artists, (3)…

  17. Nonverbal Communication and the Foreign Language Teacher.

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    Weatherford, H. Jarold

    A discussion of the role of nonverbal communication in foreign language learning focuses on culturally-conditioned aspects of nonverbal behavior. Various means of nonverbal communication, including posture, gestures, facial expression, occulesics, proxemics, haptics, chronemics, and syncing are examined, and some of the cultural differences found…

  18. An "Heretical" Method for Teaching Foreign Languages.

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    Bar-Lev, Zev

    This article presents an output-printed, lexically-based communicative teaching method. Specially designed to impart spontaneous speaking abilities for special students, it is a possible solution to broader problems of foreign language teaching. It is based on the assumption that acquisition-sequence is crucial to successful classroom study, but…

  19. Developing Foreign Language Teacher Standards in Uruguay

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    Kuhlman, Natalie A.

    2010-01-01

    This article documents the development of foreign language (FL) teacher standards in Uruguay. It begins by discussing what it means to be a teacher, what standards are and are not, and how they can be helpful or misused in teacher development. In the proposal, a distinction is made between teacher preparation programs that are course-based and…

  20. Foreign Language, the Classics, and College Admissions.

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    LaFleur, Richard A.

    1993-01-01

    This article reports the results of a survey, funded by the American Classical League (ACL) and conducted during 1990-91, that assessed attitudes toward high school foreign-language study, in particular the study of Latin and Greek, in the college admissions process. (21 references) (VWL)

  1. Liberal Education and Foreign Language Study: Realpolitik?

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    Luce, Louise Fiber

    1988-01-01

    Proposes a future agenda for the development of foreign language education, involving development of a pedagogy of cross-cultural literacy; reintroduction of discourse of Third World literatures and cultures; and student engagement in the major ethical and social issues. (CB)

  2. Methods in Elementary School Foreign Language Teaching.

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    Curtain, Helena

    1991-01-01

    A brief overview of the importance of the use of appropriate methodologies for elementary school foreign language instruction precedes a description of several strategies involving total physical response, story telling, games and songs, props, small-group work, role-play, content-based instruction, cultural and global awareness, language…

  3. Predicting Success in Intensive Foreign Language Courses.

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    Currall, Steven C.; Kirk, Roger E.

    1986-01-01

    Describes an investigation of whether grades in an intensive French course could be predicted by combining information obtained in a brief interview conducted by the teacher with information from academic records. Results showed that overall grade point average is the best single predictor of performance in foreign language courses. (SED)

  4. Influencing Motivation in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Nicholson, Simon James

    2013-01-01

    Motivation is one of the main determining factors of success in developing a second or foreign language. However, motivation is a complex phenomenon and the more its constructs are understood the better we are able to understand the extent to which we can influence it. Teachers can cultivate student motivation to varying degrees and play a central…

  5. Shortwave Radio and the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Smith, Philip D.

    Recent interest may indicate increasing use of radio in foreign language learning despite some of the very realistic obstacles that face the beginner. Shortwave radio can be used imaginatively in a variety of ways, including: (1) increasing the reality, currency, and accuracy of listening comprehension skills; (2) actual communication with…

  6. Exploring Motivational Constructs in Foreign Language Reading

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    Erten, Ismail Hakki; Zehir Topkaya, Ece; Karakas, Muge

    2010-01-01

    This article introduces an instrument that has been developed to explore motivation and attitudes of students towards reading in a foreign language (FL). To develop the instrument, initially 123 students were asked a set of qualitative questions to determine their affective reactions to reading in a FL. A content analysis of emergent data yielded…

  7. Using Wordles to Teach Foreign Language Writing

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    Baralt, Melissa; Pennestri, Susan; Selvandin, Marie

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces readers to Wordle, a data visualization tool, and describes how word clouds, or wordles generated by Wordle, were used in an action research project designed to facilitate the teaching of foreign language (FL) writing within a dual coding theoretical framework. Over the course of one semester, students in a third-semester…

  8. Folk Literature in the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Bagg, Mary Beth

    The usefulness of various forms of folk literature as grammatical, literary, historical, and cultural sources in foreign language teaching is discussed and guidelines are suggested for classroom implementation. Although the focus is on folk or fairy tales, folk literature is defined to encompass myths, local legends, saints' legends, children's…

  9. Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Learning Foreign Languages

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    Wire, Vivienne

    2005-01-01

    The number of young people with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) coming into mainstream foreign languages classes is increasing, and this is causing some concern to teachers. Based on her extensive professional experience, Vivienne Wire here considers the implications for teaching and learning of the "triad of impairments" found in…

  10. Foreign Language Education: A Perspective for Change.

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    Reynolds, Sue

    The purpose of this evaluation of the Nashville Metropolitan Schools' foreign language program is to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the program and to obtain a model for expansion and improvement. A method of evaluation known as the "Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)" was adapted and implemented by local staff and national…

  11. Auditory Processing Disorder and Foreign Language Acquisition

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    Veselovska, Ganna

    2015-01-01

    This article aims at exploring various strategies for coping with the auditory processing disorder in the light of foreign language acquisition. The techniques relevant to dealing with the auditory processing disorder can be attributed to environmental and compensatory approaches. The environmental one involves actions directed at creating a…

  12. Mingles in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Borzova, Elena

    2014-01-01

    Switching conversational partners in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom has long been an effective way to involve students actively in communicative interactions and increase their talking time. This article describes a "mingle" as an activity where a student approaches a classmate, talks for a while, and then moves on to…

  13. Humanism in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Shirkhani, Servat; Ardeshir, Danesh

    2013-01-01

    Humanistic principles emphasize the importance of the individual and specific human needs. Humanism in education has been in concern during the last few decades. However, there are controversies as whether to use its principles in foreign language classrooms or not. The present paper provides an overview of the major assumptions underlying…

  14. Seventeen Values of Foreign Language Study.

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    Frantz, Alan C.

    1996-01-01

    Lists the values acquired through the study of foreign languages. These include an acquisition of a sense of a relevant past; expansion of one's world view; contribution to the creation of a student's personality; development of the intellect; encouragement of respect for other peoples; and exposure to modes of thought outside one's native…

  15. Communication Strategies in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Houston, Tony

    2006-01-01

    The focus of the present study is to examine the communication strategies used by learners and teachers in the foreign language classroom. The data is from introductory Spanish classrooms at the university level. The author analyzed the data for instances of communications strategies according to taxonomy developed for ESL studies. Important…

  16. ARTICULATION OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN UTAH.

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    HOWE, ELLIOT C.

    THE FIVE DIVISIONS OF THIS MONOGRAPH ARE DEVOTED TO THE DIFFICULTIES OF ESTABLISHING SUCCESSFUL ARTICULATION IN PRESENT FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS. PARTS I AND II ARE A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEMS AND SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS AS VIEWED BY A FLES TEACHER, A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, A SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, AND A COLLEGE TEACHER. ADDITIONAL…

  17. Reflections on Foreign Languages in Tunisian Preschools

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    Ben Maad, Mohamed Ridha

    2015-01-01

    The preparation of early childhood educators in Tunisia has become part of the mainstream pre-service teacher education programmes. Nonetheless, this field has not yet reached the expected maturity as evidenced by the lack of a guiding vision. A case in point that attests to this state of opacity is the example of foreign language (FL) education.…

  18. Role-Play in Foreign Language Learning.

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    Raz, Hana

    1985-01-01

    Describes practical conclusion of a study carried out in Israel which investigated the potential effects of role play on communicative competence, motivation and underachieving foreign language learners. The discussion focuses on a suggested procedure, prerequisites and limitations, the positive effects of role play, and its educational value and…

  19. Foreign Language Teachers' Language Proficiency and Their Language Teaching Practice

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    Richards, Heather; Conway, Clare; Roskvist, Annelies; Harvey, Sharon

    2013-01-01

    Teachers' subject knowledge is recognized as an essential component of effective teaching. In the foreign language context, teachers' subject knowledge includes language proficiency. In New Zealand high schools, foreign languages (e.g. Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish) have recently been offered to learners earlier in their…

  20. Foreign Language Week: A Successful Public Relations Model.

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    Reschke, Claus

    A detailed description is presented of a foreign language (FL) week project that was organized and executed by the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Languages (HATFL) during the 1979-80 academic year. The document describes the preparation activities of the organizing committee, the pre-foreign language week advertising campaigns, the design of…

  1. SURVEY OF PERSONNEL POLICIES IN RELATION TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPETENCES.

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    WELLEMEYER, JOHN F.

    THE PRINCIPLE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT OPERATE IN FIELDS REQUIRING FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPETENCIES, THE U.S. MILITARY SERVICES AND SOME PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS, WERE SURVEYED TO DETERMINE THEIR OPERATING POLICIES THAT RELATE TO PERSONNEL WITH FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS. THE AGENCIES THAT HAVE THE GREATEST NEED FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS…

  2. The Foreign Language Learner with Special Needs. A Special Issue.

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    Language Association Bulletin, 1985

    1985-01-01

    An issue of the journal devoted to teaching foreign languages to students with special educational needs, resulting from a New York State Board of Regents plan to require foreign languages of all students, contains these articles: "A New Challenge: The Foreign Language Learner with Special Educational Needs" (Harriet Barnett, John B. Webb);…

  3. Futurism, Finances and Foreign Languages: A Question of Survival.

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    Grittner, Frank M.

    One of the most pressing problems in foreign language education concerns the financing of foreign language instruction and foreign language associations. Alternatives that the profession may have to consider in this regard are discussed, and some possible courses of action are suggested. The chances of future survival of discipline-oriented…

  4. Investigating the Development of Foreign Language Anxiety: An Autobiographical Approach

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    Trang, Tran Thi Thu; Baldauf, Richard B., Jr.; Moni, Karen

    2013-01-01

    Foreign language anxiety (FLA) has been found to exist in tertiary students learning foreign languages in many countries; however, limited research has explored how it develops. This study investigated how anxiety developed in students of English as a foreign language (EFL), focusing on changes in their feelings about EFL learning as they learned,…

  5. The Development of Evaluation Theories for Foreign Language Textbooks

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    Lee, Sun-Min

    2013-01-01

    This study aims to carry out a theoretical survey on the development of evaluation theories for foreign language textbooks. This study also focuses on recognizing the importance of textbook development in the field of not only teaching English as a foreign language, but also teaching Korean as a foreign language. Recently, the field of teaching…

  6. Foreign Language K-12. Program Evaluation 1991-92.

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    Wadden, Jerry M.

    The Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools foreign language program for K-12 is described and evaluated. The evaluation report focuses on six areas, including: (1) school district mission and philosophy of foreign language instruction; (2) context (state policies and standards, foreign language program overview and enrollment, fiber-optic communication…

  7. Foreign Language Learning and Inclusion: Who? Why? What? -- and How?

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    McColl, Hilary

    2005-01-01

    The presumption of mainstream schooling and the removal of core status for foreign language learning at Key Stage 4 are presenting new challenges to our ideal of foreign language learning for all. In the current climate, the case for including children with special educational needs in foreign language classes has to be made with greater clarity…

  8. Language Anxiety from the Foreign Language Specialist's Perspective: Interviews with Krashen, Omaggio Hadley, Terrell, and Rardin.

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    Young, Dolly J.

    1992-01-01

    Presents, through an interview format, several language specialists' perspectives on foreign language anxiety, covering second-language teaching and theoretical implications, language anxiety sources and manifestations, language anxiety reduction, and areas requiring further research. (41 references) (Author/CB)

  9. Effect of Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety on Turkish University Students' Academic Achievement in Foreign Language Learning

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    Tuncer, Murat; Dogan, Yunus

    2015-01-01

    This study was carried out in order to identify to what extent the Turkish students' English classroom anxiety affects their academic achievement in English language. In this quantitative descriptive study, a correlational survey model was employed, and the convenience sampling was done. In order to collect data, the Foreign Language Classroom…

  10. THE LANGUAGE LABORATORY. A HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

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    New Orleans Public Schools, LA.

    THE PURPOSE OF THE LABORATORIES IS TO DEVELOP FOUR BASIC SKILLS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY--AURAL UNDERSTANDING, SPEAKING, READING, WRITING, AND TO SUPPORT AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF THE CULTURE OF THE COUNTRY STUDIED. THE LABORATORY PROVIDES INDIVIDUAL SEMI-SOUNDPROOF BOOTHS EQUIPPED WITH HEADPHONES, MICROPHONES AND TAPE RECORDING…

  11. Native language predictors of foreign language proficiency and foreign language aptitude.

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    Sparks, Richard L; Patton, Jon; Ganschow, Leonore; Humbach, Nancy; Javorsky, James

    2006-06-01

    Fifty-four students were tested at specific time intervals over 10 years to determine best native language (NL) predictors of oral and written foreign language (FL) proficiency and FL aptitude. All participants completed two years of Spanish, French, or German. Each was administered measures of NL literacy, oral language, and cognitive ability in elementary school. A measure of FL aptitude was administered at the beginning of ninth grade and FL proficiency was evaluated at the end of the 10th grade. Among the variables, NL literacy measures were the best predictors of FL proficiency, and NL achievement and general (verbal) intelligence were strong predictors of FL aptitude. Results suggest that indices of NL literacy as early as first grade are related to FL proficiency and FL aptitude nine and 10 years later. Findings provide strong support for connections between L1 and L2 skills, and for speculation that "lower level" skills in phonological processing are important for written language development and oral proficiency in a FL.

  12. Assessing Foreign Language Proficiency of Undergraduates. Issues in Language Program Direction: A Series of Annual Volumes.

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    Teschner, Richard V., Ed.

    This collection of papers includes: "Foreign Language Testing Today: Issues in Language Program Direction" (Frank Nuessel); "Assessing the Problems of Assessment" (M. Peter Hagiwara); "Testing in Foreign Language Programs and Testing Programs in Foreign Language Departments: Reflections and Recommendations" (Elizabeth B. Bernhardt and Craig…

  13. Teaching a foreign language using multisensory structured language techniques to at-risk learners: a review.

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    Sparks, R L; Miller, K S

    2000-01-01

    An overview of multisensory structured language (MSL) techniques used to teach a foreign language to at-risk students is outlined. Research supporting the use of MSL techniques is reviewed. Specific activities using the MSL approach to teach the phonology/orthography, grammar and vocabulary of the foreign language as well as reading and communicative activities in the foreign language are presented.

  14. Language Policing: Micro-Level Language Policy-in-Process in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Amir, Alia; Musk, Nigel

    2013-01-01

    This article examines what we call "micro-level language policy-in-process"--that is, how a target--language-only policy emerges "in situ" in the foreign language classroom. More precisely, we investigate the role of "language policing", the mechanism deployed by the teacher and/or pupils to (re-)establish the…

  15. The Evaluation of Second Language Fluency and Foreign Accent

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    Wu, Chen-Huei

    2011-01-01

    What is second language fluency? What is a foreign accent? Is it possible for an adult second language learner to speak fluently with a heavy accent or vice versa? What factors contribute to the perception of fluency and a foreign accent? What acoustic attributes correlate with the perception of fluency and a foreign accent? To answer these…

  16. 9 CFR 381.128 - Labels in foreign languages.

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    2014-01-01

    ... in foreign languages. Any label to be affixed to a container of any dressed poultry or other poultry product for foreign commerce may be printed in a foreign language. However, the official inspection legend and establishment number shall appear on the label in English, but in addition, may be...

  17. 9 CFR 381.128 - Labels in foreign languages.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... in foreign languages. Any label to be affixed to a container of any dressed poultry or other poultry product for foreign commerce may be printed in a foreign language. However, the official inspection legend and establishment number shall appear on the label in English, but in addition, may be...

  18. The Importance of Foreign Language Education to the Hospitality Industry.

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    Kluge, E. Alan

    In the hospitality industry there are three major needs for study of a foreign language: (1) the need to communicate with non-English speaking employees, (2) the need to assist foreign travelers; and (3) the need to work in a non-English speaking country. The strength of the need to know a foreign language depends on the employee's level within…

  19. Innovation and Development of Foreign Language Teaching in China

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    Zhang, Zheng-dong

    2006-01-01

    Foreign language teaching has been playing a dominant role in China's curriculum reform, especially in the present globalization of Chinese society and economy. However, the insufficient research into foreign language teaching and blindly adopting western theory demand China learn from its own experience and also develop western foreign language…

  20. Are the British Really Bad at Learning Foreign Languages?

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    Milton, James; Meara, Paul

    1998-01-01

    Examined the foreign-language-learning abilities of 14- to 15-year olds in Britain, Germany, and Greece. Comparison of results from tests of students' foreign vocabulary knowledge indicated that British students had only one-third to one-half of the foreign language vocabulary knowledge of Greek and German students. They also spent less time…

  1. Strategies for Teaching Culture in Foreign Language Classes.

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    Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Pullman.

    This guide to cultural education as part of foreign language instruction begins with two short theme-setting papers: "Thoughts on Teaching Foreign Culture" by Howard L. Nostrand and "Modern Foreign Languages for Everyone: An Overview" by Alain Blanchet. A cultural events calendar presents a month-by-month program of activities built around…

  2. Creating Connections in Foreign Language Education: A Teacher's Perspective

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    Bridges, Judson

    2008-01-01

    This article is a high school Spanish teacher's perspective on the current state of foreign language education in Georgia. Particularly, the author considers the need for more connections to be made in foreign language education, including explicit links between students' experiences and the relevance of language study, more integration of the…

  3. Foreign Language Reading Anxiety: Does It Really Exist?

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    Subasi, Gonca

    2014-01-01

    Recent research on foreign language anxiety appears to support the existence of language skill specific anxiety. The principal goal of the present study is to confirm empirically that foreign language (FL) reading anxiety is a specific anxiety type distinguishable from the more general types of FL anxiety (FLA) in the Turkish EFL context. There is…

  4. 17 CFR 232.306 - Foreign language documents and symbols.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 2 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Foreign language documents and... § 232.306 Foreign language documents and symbols. (a) All electronic filings and submissions must be in the English language, except as otherwise provided by paragraph (d) of this section. If a filing...

  5. 17 CFR 232.306 - Foreign language documents and symbols.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Foreign language documents and... § 232.306 Foreign language documents and symbols. (a) All electronic filings and submissions must be in the English language, except as otherwise provided by paragraph (d) of this section. If a filing...

  6. K-12 Foreign Language Education. The ERIC Review.

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    ERIC Review, 1998

    1998-01-01

    The "ERIC Review" announces research results, publications, and new programs relevant to each issue's theme. This issue focuses on foreign language education in grades K-12. Articles include: "Second Language Learning: Everyone Can Benefit" (Kathleen M. Marcos); "Foreign Language Education in the United States: Trends and Challenges" (Renate A.…

  7. The Measurement of Foreign Language Learning Disabilities in College Students.

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    Goodman, Joan F.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    In response to an earlier article on foreign language learning disabilities in college students, the article reports on a similar study using the Modern Language Aptitude Test and concludes that, as yet, tests are not adequate to determine a disability affecting foreign language learning. (DB)

  8. 17 CFR 232.306 - Foreign language documents and symbols.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 2 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Foreign language documents and... § 232.306 Foreign language documents and symbols. (a) All electronic filings and submissions must be in the English language, except as otherwise provided by paragraph (d) of this section. If a filing...

  9. 17 CFR 232.306 - Foreign language documents and symbols.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 2 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Foreign language documents and... § 232.306 Foreign language documents and symbols. (a) All electronic filings and submissions must be in the English language, except as otherwise provided by paragraph (d) of this section. If a filing...

  10. How Foreign Language Develops Character by Widening the Learner's World.

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    Torres, Edgardo E.

    Seeking to answer the question of how language affects character by widening the learner's world, this article reviews in broad terms the present conditions in the study of foreign languages, reviews the attitudes of the "new student" in foreign languages, and challenges educators to consider new directions in the development of advanced placement…

  11. Current Approaches to the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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    Barrett, Martin T.; And Others

    Five papers presented at a language conference are compiled in this report. They include: (1) "Le Francais au Pot-Pourri," or "Adapting the 'Open-Classroom' to the Teaching of Foreign Languages," (2) "We Can Teach Anyone to Speak French," (3) "The Use of Puppetry in the Teaching of Foreign Languages," (4) "A New Perspective for Integrated Foreign…

  12. 37 CFR 1.69 - Foreign language oaths and declarations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 37 Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Foreign language oaths and... Declaration § 1.69 Foreign language oaths and declarations. (a) Whenever an individual making an oath or declaration cannot understand English, the oath or declaration must be in a language that such individual...

  13. 29 CFR 500.78 - Information in foreign language.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Information in foreign language. 500.78 Section 500.78... § 500.78 Information in foreign language. Each farm labor contractor, agricultural employer and... English or, as necessary and reasonable, in Spanish or another language common to migrant or...

  14. 46 CFR 201.6 - Documents in foreign languages.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 8 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Documents in foreign languages. 201.6 Section 201.6... PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE General Information (Rule 1) § 201.6 Documents in foreign languages. Every document, exhibit, or other paper written in a language other than English and filed with the Administration...

  15. 47 CFR 1.355 - Documents in foreign language.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Documents in foreign language. 1.355 Section 1... Proceedings Evidence § 1.355 Documents in foreign language. Every document, exhibit, or other paper written in a language other than English, which shall be filed in any proceeding, or in response to any...

  16. 46 CFR 502.7 - Documents in foreign languages.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 9 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Documents in foreign languages. 502.7 Section 502.7... General Information § 502.7 Documents in foreign languages. Every document, exhibit, or other paper written in a language other than English and filed with the Commission or offered in evidence in...

  17. 46 CFR 201.6 - Documents in foreign languages.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 8 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Documents in foreign languages. 201.6 Section 201.6... PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE General Information (Rule 1) § 201.6 Documents in foreign languages. Every document, exhibit, or other paper written in a language other than English and filed with the Administration...

  18. 47 CFR 1.355 - Documents in foreign language.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Documents in foreign language. 1.355 Section 1... Proceedings Evidence § 1.355 Documents in foreign language. Every document, exhibit, or other paper written in a language other than English, which shall be filed in any proceeding, or in response to any...

  19. 17 CFR 232.306 - Foreign language documents and symbols.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... the English language, except as otherwise provided by paragraph (d) of this section. If a filing or... fair and accurate English translation of the foreign language document in accordance with § 230.403(c.... (b) When including an English summary or English translation of a foreign language document in...

  20. Foreign Languages and Corporate Study: A Successful Marriage

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    Halvorson, Glenn; And Others

    1978-01-01

    The Multi-National Corporate Studies Program at Upsala College integrates foreign language study with international business studies. The program, which culminates in domestic and foreign internships, is described. (SW)

  1. Oral Corrective Feedback in the Foreign Language Classroom: How It Affects Interaction in Analytic Foreign Language Teaching

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    Lochtman, Katja

    2002-01-01

    The discussion on the role of corrective feedback is part of a larger discussion on the role of "focusing on form" in foreign language teaching ("Focus on form in classroom second language acquisition," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998). Studies conducted in communicative and content-based foreign language teaching (FLT) settings have…

  2. Examination of Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety and Achievement in Foreign Language in Turkish University Students in Terms of Various Variables

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    Dogan, Yunus; Tuncer, Murat

    2016-01-01

    This correlational survey study aimed to investigate whether the Turkish prep-class students' foreign language classroom anxiety levels and foreign language achievement significantly differ in terms of such variables as their gender, their experience abroad, perceived level of income and any third language (other than Turkish and English) they…

  3. Foreign Languages: Improving and Expanding Instruction. A Compendium of Teacher-Authored Activities for Foreign Language Classes.

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    Weiser, Ernest L., Ed.; And Others

    This collection of 98 lesson plans for foreign language instruction is the result of a series of eight Saturday workshops focusing on ways that language teachers can develop their own communicative activities for application in the classroom. The lessons were produced by 30 foreign language teachers, each of whom was required to write a brief…

  4. The Effects of New Jersey's K-8 Foreign Language Authorization on K-5 Foreign Language Teaching: Two Teachers' Perspectives

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    Raymond, Robert B. L.

    2012-01-01

    Recent research in language education policy (LEP) refocuses attention from the role of governments to local stakeholders that shape LEP. However, little attention has been given to teacher agency in LEP implementation for early foreign language (FL) education in the United States. This pilot study considers the role of foreign language elementary…

  5. Dispelling Students' Fears and Misconceptions about Foreign Language Study: The Foreign Language Anxiety Workshop at the Defense Language Institute.

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    Campbell, Christine M.; Ortiz, Jose

    All incoming students at the Defense Language Institute now participate in a 3-hour workshop to prepare students better, psychologically, for the experience of learning a foreign language in an intensive program. The workshop includes an attitude survey constructed by researchers, discussion of a questionnaire on the myths and realities of foreign…

  6. Individualizing Foreign Language Instruction: Report of the Second Annual Texas Conference on Coordinating Foreign Languages.

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    Texas Education Agency, Austin.

    This conference report contains a keynote address by Dr. Howard Altman, entitled "Individualizing Foreign Language Instruction: Theoretical and Practical Considerations," and five reports of the conference group sessions. Reports include: (1) "Techniques for Implementing Individualized Instruction," (2) "Performance Objectives," (3) "Developing…

  7. Attitudes of Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language toward Methods of Foreign Language Teaching

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    Seraj, Sami A.

    2010-01-01

    This study examined the attitude of teachers of Arabic as a foreign language toward some of the most well known teaching methods. For this reason the following eight methods were selected: (1) the Grammar-Translation Method (GTM), (2) the Direct Method (DM), (3) the Audio-Lingual Method (ALM), (4) Total Physical Response (TPR), (5) Community…

  8. Online Foreign Language Interaction: Moving from the Periphery to the Core of Foreign Language Education?

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    O'Dowd, Robert

    2011-01-01

    In this paper I argue that online intercultural interaction and exchange remains a relatively peripheral "add-on" activity in most foreign language classrooms. In its current state, it is yet to be considered an integral part of curricular activity and it does not yet form a significant part of high stakes assessment procedures. Against this…

  9. Foreign language learning in immersive virtual environments

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    Chang, Benjamin; Sheldon, Lee; Si, Mei; Hand, Anton

    2012-03-01

    Virtual reality has long been used for training simulations in fields from medicine to welding to vehicular operation, but simulations involving more complex cognitive skills present new design challenges. Foreign language learning, for example, is increasingly vital in the global economy, but computer-assisted education is still in its early stages. Immersive virtual reality is a promising avenue for language learning as a way of dynamically creating believable scenes for conversational training and role-play simulation. Visual immersion alone, however, only provides a starting point. We suggest that the addition of social interactions and motivated engagement through narrative gameplay can lead to truly effective language learning in virtual environments. In this paper, we describe the development of a novel application for teaching Mandarin using CAVE-like VR, physical props, human actors and intelligent virtual agents, all within a semester-long multiplayer mystery game. Students travel (virtually) to China on a class field trip, which soon becomes complicated with intrigue and mystery surrounding the lost manuscript of an early Chinese literary classic. Virtual reality environments such as the Forbidden City and a Beijing teahouse provide the setting for learning language, cultural traditions, and social customs, as well as the discovery of clues through conversation in Mandarin with characters in the game.

  10. Unusual Ictal Foreign Language Automatisms in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    Soe, Naing Ko; Lee, Sang Kun

    2014-01-01

    The distinct brain regions could be specifically involved in different languages and the differences in brain activation depending on the language proficiency and on the age of language acquisition. Speech disturbances are observed in the majority of temporal lobe complex motor seizures. Ictal verbalization had significant lateralization value: 90% of patients with this manifestation had seizure focus in the non-dominant temporal lobe. Although, ictal speech automatisms are usually uttered in the patient’s native language, ictal speech foreign language automatisms are unusual presentations of non-dominent temporal lobe epilepsy. The release of isolated foreign language area could be possible depending on the pattern of ictal spreading of non-dominant hemisphere. Most of the case reports in ictal speech foreign language automatisms were men. In this case report, we observed ictal foreign language automatisms in middle age Korean woman. PMID:25625093

  11. Unusual ictal foreign language automatisms in temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Soe, Naing Ko; Lee, Sang Kun

    2014-12-01

    The distinct brain regions could be specifically involved in different languages and the differences in brain activation depending on the language proficiency and on the age of language acquisition. Speech disturbances are observed in the majority of temporal lobe complex motor seizures. Ictal verbalization had significant lateralization value: 90% of patients with this manifestation had seizure focus in the non-dominant temporal lobe. Although, ictal speech automatisms are usually uttered in the patient's native language, ictal speech foreign language automatisms are unusual presentations of non-dominent temporal lobe epilepsy. The release of isolated foreign language area could be possible depending on the pattern of ictal spreading of non-dominant hemisphere. Most of the case reports in ictal speech foreign language automatisms were men. In this case report, we observed ictal foreign language automatisms in middle age Korean woman.

  12. Foreign Language Anxiety of Students Studying English Language and Literature: A Sample from Turkey

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    Elaldi, Senel

    2016-01-01

    A considerable number of foreign language learners experience a feeling of anxiety in language learning process. The purpose of this research was to find out foreign language anxiety levels of students studying in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey when they were in preparatory class and when…

  13. Does Recreational Reading in Native Language Influence Foreign Language Learning Process?

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    Aydin, Selami

    2011-01-01

    Limited studies have been conducted on the effects on recreational reading in native language on foreign language learning, whereas no findings exist on the effects of recreational reading in Turkish as a native language (L1) on English as a foreign language (EFL) learning. Thus, this study aims to investigate the effects of recreational reading…

  14. 75 FR 47797 - Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-08-09

    ..., 2010 (75 FR 43496) has been rescheduled. The Board of Visitors meeting will now be held on September 13 & 14, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey... Department of the Army Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center...

  15. Foreign Language Planning in England: The Pupil Perspective

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    Payne, Mark

    2006-01-01

    This paper discusses pupil choice in relation to foreign language (FL) planning as an instance of micro-language planning. Borrowing from established language planning theory (Haugen, 1983; Kaplan & Baldauf, 1997), FL planning is conceptualised and defined here as the consideration of those aspects of language planning that reflect social,…

  16. Applying a Multimedia Storytelling Website in Foreign Language Learning

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    Tsou, Wenli; Wang, Weichung; Tzeng, Yenjun

    2006-01-01

    Storytelling is a practical and powerful teaching tool, especially for language learning. Teachers in language classrooms, however, may hesitate to incorporate storytelling into language instruction because of an already overloaded curriculum. English foreign language (EFL) teachers in Taiwan report additional problems such as having little prior…

  17. Foreign Language Anxiety in Turkey: The Role of Multilingualism

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    Thompson, Amy S.; Khawaja, Anastasia J.

    2016-01-01

    As part of a larger study on individual differences and language learning in Turkey, this study explores the relationship between foreign language anxiety and two operationalisations of multilingualism: any experience with a third language and Perceived Positive Language Interaction; it also illuminates connections among the aforementioned…

  18. The Importance of Games in Teaching Foreign Languages to Children

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    Alpar, Melek

    2013-01-01

    In teaching French as a foreign language, there is a constant development from traditional methods to action-oriented approaches. This development has arisen as a result of students' needs and of innovations in technology. Particularly in the last decade, there has been increasing interest in teaching foreign languages to children. Because…

  19. Anxiety and Predictors of Performance in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Matsuda, Sae; Gobel, Peter

    2004-01-01

    This study is concerned with possible relationships between general foreign language classroom anxiety (FLCA), foreign language reading anxiety (FLRA), gender, extended overseas experience, and classroom performance. Versions of previously published measurement scales (the FLCAS and the FLRAS) were administered to three different groups in nine…

  20. "Piensa" twice: on the foreign language effect in decision making.

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    Costa, Albert; Foucart, Alice; Arnon, Inbal; Aparici, Melina; Apesteguia, Jose

    2014-02-01

    In this article, we assess to what extent decision making is affected by the language in which a given problem is presented (native vs. foreign). In particular, we aim to ask whether the impact of various heuristic biases in decision making is diminished when the problems are presented in a foreign language. To this end, we report four main studies in which more than 700 participants were tested on different types of individual decision making problems. In the first study, we replicated Keysar et al.'s (2012) recent observation regarding the foreign language effect on framing effects related to loss aversion. In the second section, we assessed whether the foreign language effect is present in other types of framing problems that involve psychological accounting biases rather than gain/loss dichotomies. In the third section, we studied the foreign language effect in several key aspects of the theory of decision making under risk and uncertainty. In the fourth study, we assessed the presence of a foreign language effect in the cognitive reflection test, a test that includes logical problems that do not carry emotional connotations. The absence of such an effect in this test suggests that foreign language leads to a reduction of heuristic biases in decision making across a range of decision making situations and provide also some evidence about the boundaries of the phenomenon. We explore several potential factors that may underlie the foreign language effect in decision making. PMID:24334107

  1. The Effects of Foreign Language Learning on Creativity

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    Ghonsooly, Behzad; Showqi, Sara

    2012-01-01

    The present study investigates the possible influence of foreign language learning on individuals' divergent thinking abilities. Unlike the large body of research devoted to unfolding the effect of bilingualism on cognitive functions, foreign language learning has gained little attention. This study aimed at bringing into attention the distinctive…

  2. Foreign Languages in the Market Place: Business German.

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    Coombs, Virginia M.

    1981-01-01

    Since the publication of the report of the President's Commission on Foreign Languages and International Study, U.S. incompetence in foreign languages, as well as efforts of secondary and post-secondary institutions to remedy the matter, have received much attention. Course offerings and curricular innovations have attempted to meet the career…

  3. Structure of Intellect Factors and Foreign Language Learning.

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    Raile, Frederick N.

    A study of the intellectual talents involved in learning a foreign language compared the composite predicted score of high school students on the Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery with selected factor scores on the Structure of Intellect-Learning Abilities Test to determine whether any of the factors correlate highly with foreign language…

  4. International Business Culture: Merging Business with Foreign Language Cultural Expertise.

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    Hovsepian, Kristen B.

    This report considers how the different departments of business administration and foreign languages can cooperate to create coursework that will benefit students in both areas of study. The ignorance many U.S. citizens have of the world is taken into consideration. Although foreign language majors have greater exposure to the world, this…

  5. Promoting Intercultural Communicative Competence through Foreign Language Courses

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    Planken, Brigitte; van Hooft, Andreu; Korzilius, Hubert

    2004-01-01

    Learning a foreign language is important in intercultural business communication (IBC) studies. Equally important is developing intercultural communicative competence, that is, a recognition of the cultural factors influencing behavior in business encounters around the globe. This article suggests how tertiary-level foreign language (FL) courses…

  6. Auditory Discrimination and Identification in Foreign Language Learning.

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    Weiss, Louis

    The main purpose of this study was to investigate the validity of the assumption that auditory discrimination and pronunciation in a foreign language are closely related. If the assumption were to be well-founded, then it might be possible for foreign language students with high auditory discrimination ability to work alone in the language…

  7. Foreign Language Study and SAT-Verbal Scores.

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    Cooper, Thomas C.

    1987-01-01

    Comparison of verbal Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and California Achievement Test (CAT) scores of high school students who had (N=1,333) or had not (N=445) taken at least one year of foreign language study supported the conclusion that length of foreign language study was positively related to high SAT verbal scores. (CB)

  8. Foreign Language Teaching Programs for Microcomputers: A Volume of Reviews.

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    Culley, Gerald R., Ed.; Mulford, George W., Ed.

    Teachers and supervisors of foreign language programs from 29 high schools in six states provide reviews of foreign language microcomputer courseware. Evaluations of the 25 programs for French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish are based on: (1) quality of content; (2) relevance to subject area; (3) suitability to computer medium; (4)…

  9. Fairy Tales and Foreign Languages: Ever the Twain Shall Meet

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    Davidheiser, James C.

    2007-01-01

    Fairy tales are not new to foreign language instructors, but on occasion they have been considered wither exoteric or unworthy of class time. Yet today there is a resurgence of interest in fairy tales and a rebirth of their use in the arts, which may serve foreign language instructors. This article presents historical background to inform…

  10. Research in Foreign Language Education in Hungary (2006-2012)

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    Medgyes, Péter; Nikolov, Marianne

    2014-01-01

    In the past quarter century, Hungary has offered fertile ground for innovative developments in foreign language (FL) education. The appropriate, albeit disparaging, label applied to Hungary in the mid-1970s--"a land of foreign language illiterates" (Köllo 1978: 6)--no longer applies. In the wake of the dramatic changes of 1989, the…

  11. Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances

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    Zou, Bin; Xing, Minjie; Wang, Yuping; Sun, Mingyu; Xiang, Catherine H.

    2013-01-01

    Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances highlights new research and an original framework that brings together foreign language teaching, experiments and testing practices that utilize the most recent and widely used e-learning resources. This comprehensive collection of research will offer linguistic…

  12. CURRICULUM ARTICULATION IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES, GRADES FOUR THROUGH TWELVE.

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    RUSSO, BEN J.

    AN ORGANIZATIONAL PLAN BASED ON THE USE OF SCHEDULE MODULES OFFERS A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WELL-ARTICULATED FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM FROM ELEMENTARY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. A THREE-TRACK SEQUENCE IS SUITABLE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS WISHING TO PROVIDE SUCH A PROGRAM. WITH THIS PLAN STUDENTS CAN BEGIN FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY IN GRADE…

  13. Developing Effective Study Skills While Studying a Foreign Language.

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    Rybicki, Amanda

    This research describes strategies used to improve student achievement in a foreign language class through the use of effective study skills. The targeted population included high school students in a first year foreign language class. Evidence for the problem of low achievement came from teacher observations, student surveys, and low assessment…

  14. American Managers' Use of Their Foreign Employer's Language.

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    Putzel, Roger

    The use of a foreign language as part of the managerial context rather than as a technical tool was examined. Eighteen people in nine companies, primarily from the manufacturing sector, were interviewed to raise a set of issues pertaining to the use of a foreign employer's language (FEL). All of the companies in the sample were within a day's…

  15. Personalizing Foreign Language Instruction: Learning Styles and Teaching Options.

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    Schulz, Renate A., Ed.

    This volume consists of the following papers selected from those presented at the 1977 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: (1) "Educational Cognitive Style: A Basis for Personalizing Foreign Language Instruction," by Derek N. Nunney; (2) "Discovering Student Learning Styles through Cognitive Style Mapping," by Helen S.…

  16. Primary Foreign Language Pathfinders: The Brighton and Hove Experience

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    Enever, Janet; Watts, Catherine

    2009-01-01

    This article reports on a two-year project located within one local authority (LA), Brighton and Hove City Council, which was selected in 2003 to become a Primary Foreign Language Pathfinder. The main aim of this Pathfinder was to work with 18 other LAs across the country to pilot fresh approaches towards delivering foreign languages in the…

  17. Is There a "Disability" for Learning a Foreign Language?

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    Sparks, Richard L.

    2006-01-01

    Recently, talk of a new type of learning disability (LD)--a foreign language learning disability, or FLLD--has made its way into the LD and foreign language (FL) literature. However, no empirical evidence has been published to support the concept of a "disability" for FL learning by those professionals who use the term. In this article, the author…

  18. Re-Examining Traditional Values in Foreign Language Teaching.

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    Rahilly, Leonard J.

    Not long ago, foreign languages were taught in schools and colleges not for practical use or cultural understanding, but for intellectual discipline, understanding of English grammar and syntax, vocabulary enrichment, or to allow reading of foreign literature. The space race and development of jet travel changed attitudes toward language learning…

  19. Nonverbal Cues: Clues to the Detection of Foreign Language Anxiety

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    Gregersen, Tammy S.

    2005-01-01

    This observation study examined the nonverbal behavior of anxious and nonanxious foreign language learners during a videotaped oral foreign language exam. Focusing primarily on the kinesic signals found in facial expressions, gazing behavior, body movement and gesture, and posture, it was discovered that anxious learners manifested limited facial…

  20. Teacher Education Curriculum for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

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    Attaran, Mohammad; Yishuai, Hu

    2015-01-01

    The worldwide growing demand of CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) teachers has many implications for both curriculum development and teacher education. Much evidence has shown more in-depth research is needed in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language (Tsung & Cruickshank, 2011). Studying in-service teachers' experience in…

  1. Teachers' Judgements of Students' Foreign-Language Achievement

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    Zhu, Mingjing; Urhahne, Detlef

    2015-01-01

    Numerous studies have been conducted on the accuracy of teacher judgement in different educational areas such as mathematics, language arts and reading. Teacher judgement of students' foreign-language achievement, however, has been rarely investigated. The study aimed to examine the accuracy of teacher judgement of students' foreign-language…

  2. A Statewide Professional Development Program for California Foreign Language Teachers

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    Lozano, Albert S.; Padilla, Amado M.; Sung, Hyekyung; Silva, Duarte M.

    2004-01-01

    The California Foreign Language Project (CFLP), established in 1988, is a voluntary professional development program designed to improve and expand elementary, secondary, and postsecondary foreign language teaching in California. CFLP consists of nine regional sites that work in conjunction with a central office to increase professional…

  3. Using the Braille Lite To Study Foreign Languages.

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    Kapperman, Gaylen; Sticken, Jodi

    2003-01-01

    This article describes a strategy for using Braille Lite, a portable notetaking device in which synthetic speech and Braille are combined, to learn foreign languages independently. Instructions are provided for connecting Braille Lite to a printer, creating the proper file, inputting a foreign language, and installing ASCII tables. (Contains 3…

  4. Internationalization, Interculturality, and the Role of Foreign Languages in Higher Education.

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    Vogel, Thomas

    2001-01-01

    Describes the Foreign Language Center at the European University Viadrina in Germany, asserting the necessity of foreign language training for Europeanization and globalization. Also discusses several ways of structuring foreign language programs. (EV)

  5. The Challenge of Foreign Language Teacher Preparation: Addressing State Teacher Standards.

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    Sullivan, JoAnn Hammadou

    2001-01-01

    Points out differences faced by foreign language teachers in reconciling generic state teacher standards with specific foreign language teaching needs. Uses four examples from Rhode Island's beginning teacher standards to highlight some key foreign language teaching issues. (SR)

  6. 9 CFR 317.7 - Products for foreign commerce; printing labels in foreign language permissible; other deviations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...; printing labels in foreign language permissible; other deviations. 317.7 Section 317.7 Animals and Animal... DEVICES, AND CONTAINERS General § 317.7 Products for foreign commerce; printing labels in foreign language... printed in a foreign language and may show the statement of the quantity of contents in accordance...

  7. 9 CFR 317.7 - Products for foreign commerce; printing labels in foreign language permissible; other deviations.

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    2010-01-01

    ...; printing labels in foreign language permissible; other deviations. 317.7 Section 317.7 Animals and Animal... DEVICES, AND CONTAINERS General § 317.7 Products for foreign commerce; printing labels in foreign language... printed in a foreign language and may show the statement of the quantity of contents in accordance...

  8. The Influence of English Language and Spanish Language Captions on Foreign Language Listening/Reading Comprehension

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    Markham, Paul; Peter, Lizette

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of using Spanish captions, English captions, or no captions with a Spanish language soundtrack on intermediate university-level Spanish as a Foreign Language students' listening/reading comprehension. A total of 213 intermediate (fourth semester) students participated as intact groups in the…

  9. English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language.

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    Marckwardt, Albert H.

    1963-01-01

    Until the last decade, the terms "English as a Second Language" and "English as a Foreign Language" were often used interchangeably in the United States. The careful distinction between the two made by the British, however, is gaining wider currency: by "English as a Foreign Language" is meant English taught as a school subject or on an adult…

  10. The Correlation among EFL Learners' Test Anxiety, Foreign Language Anxiety and Language Achievement

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    Cakici, Dilek

    2016-01-01

    The main aim of this study was to investigate the correlation among test anxiety (TA), foreign language anxiety (FLA) and language achievement of university preparatory students learning English as a foreign language. The sample of the research consisted of 301 (211 females, 90 males) attending a one-year EFL preparatory school at Ondokuz Mayis…

  11. Nociones de la programacion de lenguas extranjeras (Ensayo metodologico) (Programming Foreign Languages [A Methodological Study])

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    Feldman, David

    1975-01-01

    Stresses the importance of language laboratories and other technical devices used in foreign language teaching, particularly in programed language instruction. Illustrates, by means of taxonomies, the various stages a foreign language learning program should follow. (Text is in Spanish.) (DS)

  12. Some Correlates of High School Foreign Language Achievement.

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    Beanblossom, Gary F.

    This paper investigates the influences of traditional kinds of verbal and quantitative achievement and aptitude variables on high school foreign language achievement, as measured by Modern Language Association and University of Washington tests of language skills administered to entering college students. The report focuses on: (1) the sample and…

  13. Psychological Considerations in Setting Aims for Foreign Language Teaching.

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    Carroll, J.B.

    The paper considers the results of theory and research in the psychological aspects of foreign language teaching as sources of guidance in making sound eucational decisions concerning the aims of language teaching at all levels. Major attention is given to the suggestion offered by research findings that language aptitude depends upon a somewhat…

  14. Changing Teacher Roles in the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Johnson, Francis; Delarche, Marion; Marshall, Nicholas; Wurr, Adrian; Edwards, Jeffrey

    1998-01-01

    The roles of teachers in traditional second language classrooms are examined and measured against current conceptual trends within the discipline of foreign language learning and teaching. These trends, especially those in interpersonal communication and learner autonomy, require a new understanding of the classroom role of the language teacher.…

  15. New Lamps for Old: Realism & Surrealism in Foreign Language Teaching.

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    Maley, Alan

    1982-01-01

    Theories of learning, views of language, program design, methodology, and psychosocial factors related to foreign language teaching are discussed. Learning theories are examined with reference to acquisition and learning, errors and mistakes, and input and intake. Regarding views of language, in general there has been a shift from concern over the…

  16. 16 CFR 803.8 - Foreign language documents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... language documents. (a) Whenever at the time of filing a Notification and Report Form there is an English... English language versions shall be filed along with the foreign language information or materials. (b... for additional information or documentary material shall be submitted with verbatim English...

  17. 16 CFR 803.8 - Foreign language documents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... language documents. (a) Whenever at the time of filing a Notification and Report Form there is an English... English language versions shall be filed along with the foreign language information or materials. (b... for additional information or documentary material shall be submitted with verbatim English...

  18. 16 CFR 803.8 - Foreign language documents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... language documents. (a) Whenever at the time of filing a Notification and Report Form there is an English... English language versions shall be filed along with the foreign language information or materials. (b... for additional information or documentary material shall be submitted with verbatim English...

  19. English as a Foreign Language, Globalisation and Conceptual Questioning

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    Jordao, Clarissa Menezes

    2009-01-01

    This text discusses the locus of English in globalisation discourses. Assuming that languages constitute discursive formations informing ways of knowing, discourses of English as a global language (EGL) are positioned in relation to teaching English as a foreign language in the "glocal" scene. We draw on post-colonial theories and critical…

  20. Let's Have a Foreign Language Festival...A Big One!

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    Becker, James E.; Findlay, Rosa-Maria

    An Iowa high school's experience with producing a biennial statewide foreign language fair is described. The objectives have been to have students enjoy using their second languages, especially with people to whom they have never spoken before, and to enliven the winter months. Every language teacher and student, as well as others on the staff,…

  1. 47 CFR 1.355 - Documents in foreign language.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... a language other than English, which shall be filed in any proceeding, or in response to any order, shall be filed in the language in which it is written together with an English translation thereof duly... 47 Telecommunication 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Documents in foreign language. 1.355 Section...

  2. 16 CFR 803.8 - Foreign language documents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... language documents. (a) Whenever at the time of filing a Notification and Report Form there is an English... English language versions shall be filed along with the foreign language information or materials. (b... for additional information or documentary material shall be submitted with verbatim English...

  3. Living with a Foreign Tongue: An Autobiographical Narrative Inquiry into Identity in a Foreign Language

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    Liu, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Learning a second language involves the development of an identity in the target language. This study is an autobiographical narrative inquiry into the issue of identity in a foreign language. Autobiographical accounts of my relationship with, and my feelings about, English at different stages in my learning journey are developed to show how my…

  4. The Annual Report of the ACTFL Executive Director.

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    Scebold, C. Edward

    1979-01-01

    Presents an overview of the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and the MLA/ACLS Task Force reports. The annual report of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language includes: its organization, publications; annual meeting and preconference workshops, and projects. (EJS)

  5. The Lozanov Method for Accelerating the Learning of Foreign Languages.

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    Stanton, H. E.

    1978-01-01

    Discusses the Lozanov Method of teaching foreign languages developed by Lozanov in Bulgaria. This method (also known as Suggestopedia) uses various techniques such as physical relaxation exercises, mental concentration, classical music, and ego-enhancing suggestions. (CFM)

  6. Suggestopedia, Sophrology and the Traditional Foreign Language Class.

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    Bancroft, W. Jane

    1982-01-01

    Describes suggestopedia and sophrology techniques and shows how to apply them within the limitations of the traditional foreign language classroom. Cites beginning French classes at Scarborough College as an example of these techniques improving class atmosphere and student motivation. (EKN)

  7. How to Learn a Foreign Language.

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    Pimsleur, Paul

    This book covers many practical aspects of language learning. The first section entitled "The 'Whys' of Language Learning" discusses such topics as the following: (1) everyone can learn a language; (2) easier and more difficult elements in a language and classification of languages according to difficulty for speakers of English; (3) length of…

  8. 34 CFR 658.1 - What is the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... Foreign Language Program? 658.1 Section 658.1 Education Regulations of the Offices of the Department of... STUDIES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM General § 658.1 What is the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program? The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program is...

  9. 34 CFR 658.1 - What is the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... Foreign Language Program? 658.1 Section 658.1 Education Regulations of the Offices of the Department of... STUDIES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM General § 658.1 What is the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program? The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program is...

  10. RESURVEY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE NEEDS OF SELECTED FEDERAL AGENCIES.

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    KIRKPATRICK, JEANE J.; WELLEMEYER, JOHN F.

    THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE NEEDS OF SEVEN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WERE STUDIED IN DETAIL. THREE OF THESE AGENCIES ARE PRIMARILY DEVOTED TO FOREIGN OPERATIONS--THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION SERVICE, AND THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION. THREE OTHERS ARE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH DOMESTIC PROBLEMS WITH ONLY MINOR…

  11. Positioning Foreign English Language Teachers in the Japanese University Context

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    Whitsed, Craig; Volet, Simone

    2013-01-01

    This study employs positioning theory to explore the experiences of adjunct foreign English language teachers (AFELT) in the Japanese university sector. The research is located in the broad internationalisation discourse and considers AFELT positions as "foreign" teachers at a time when the Japanese university sector is aiming to…

  12. Assessing the Nonverbal Ability of Foreign Language Learners.

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    Jungheim, Nicholas O.

    This paper discusses a study that sought to design an instrument for assessing the nonverbal ability of foreign language learners. The subjects were 28 educated Japanese non-native speakers (NNS) of English and 20 educated North American native speakers (NS) of English. Materials used were the institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language…

  13. How Will Alberta's Second Language Students Ever Achieve Proficiency? ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, the CEFR and the "10,000-Hour Rule" in Relation to the Alberta K-12 Language-Learning Context

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    Eaton, Sarah Elaine

    2012-01-01

    Students of second and international languages in Alberta do not receive sufficient hours of instruction through formal classroom time alone to achieve distinguished levels of proficiency (Archibald, J., Roy, S., Harmel, S., Jesney, K., Dewey, E., Moisik, S., et al., 2006). This research study uses a constructivist approach (Guba & Lincoln, 1994;…

  14. Foreign Language Instruction in Washington (State): A Report on a Survey of Foreign Language Teachers Conducted by a Committee of the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Fall 1980.

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    McKim, Lester W., Comp.

    The report grows out of increasing concern for improving foreign language and international studies in United States schools. To gain an understanding of the state of foreign language instruction in Washington, a committee was organized to develop and process a survey of foreign language teachers in the state. The survey requests information about…

  15. Learning foreign labels from a foreign speaker: the role of (limited) exposure to a second language.

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    Akhtar, Nameera; Menjivar, Jennifer; Hoicka, Elena; Sabbagh, Mark A

    2012-11-01

    Three- and four-year-olds (N = 144) were introduced to novel labels by an English speaker and a foreign speaker (of Nordish, a made-up language), and were asked to endorse one of the speaker's labels. Monolingual English-speaking children were compared to bilingual children and English-speaking children who were regularly exposed to a language other than English. All children tended to endorse the English speaker's labels when asked 'What do you call this?', but when asked 'What do you call this in Nordish?', children with exposure to a second language were more likely to endorse the foreign label than monolingual and bilingual children. The findings suggest that, at this age, exposure to, but not necessarily immersion in, more than one language may promote the ability to learn foreign words from a foreign speaker.

  16. Language Learner Strategy Research and Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

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    Grenfell, Michael

    2007-01-01

    This article addresses language learner strategy research in the context of second language learning and teaching in the UK. It arises from two sources: firstly, a personal background in research and writing about language learner strategy research in the context of modern foreign language learning and teaching in England and Wales; secondly, a…

  17. Pedagogy of Language Learning in Higher Education: An Introduction. Advances in Foreign Language Pedagogy, Volume 2.

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    Brauer, Gerd, Ed.

    This second volume in the series "Advances in Foreign and Second Language Pedagogy" is an introduction to the pedagogy of language learning in higher education focusing on learner motivation, classroom environments, relationships for learning, and the future of language education. The book reveals numerous links to language education on the…

  18. An Evaluation of the Impact of the Preservice Teacher Education Program at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center on the Foreign Language Teaching Beliefs of Preservice Language Instructors

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    Bey, Claudia

    2011-01-01

    Preservice foreign-language teachers are adults with well-established beliefs. They start teacher-education programs with traditional beliefs about language teaching reflecting their own experiences. The field of foreign-language teaching, however, underwent a paradigm shift from grammar-based to communicative foreign-language instruction.…

  19. Exploring Languages and Cultures--An Exploratory Foreign Language Course. A Guide for Teachers.

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    Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.

    A working guide for teachers in planning and teaching an exploratory course in foreign language and culture presents the basic course structure for nine weeks. Instructional materials are not provided. Course objectives include: (1) exploration of foreign languages and cultures; (2) sensitization to value systems and customs of one's own and other…

  20. Radio in Foreign Language Education. CAL-ERIC/CLL Series on Languages and Linguistics, No. 11.

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    Nelson, Robert J.; Wood, Richard E.

    The present study is an updating of Robert J. Nelson's ERIC Focus Report No. 11 (1969) "Using Radio to Develop and Maintain Competence in a Foreign Language." Two major areas are examined: (1) the concepts behind the use of radio in language teaching and how this application of radio reflects changes in the theory and practice of foreign language…

  1. Perceptions of Undergraduate Students Studying Modern Languages towards Becoming a Foreign Language Teacher

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    Swanson, Peter B.

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study to see how undergraduate foreign languages students view the teaching profession and how their experiences in life interact and form their perceptions of becoming a FL teacher. Six undergraduate students studying foreign languages at a mid western university participated in a basic qualitative study involving interviews…

  2. Lexical Cohesion: An Issue Only in the Foreign Language?

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    Kafes, Hüseyin

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate Turkish EFL learners' ability in composing cohesive texts in their first language and in English as their foreign language, and to examine whether there are similarities between lexical reiteration cohesive devices they employ in composing cohesive texts both in Turkish and in English. The study was…

  3. Common Problems of Mobile Applications for Foreign Language Testing

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    Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal-Royo, Teresa; Lopez, Jose Luis Gimenez

    2011-01-01

    As the use of mobile learning educational applications has become more common anywhere in the world, new concerns have appeared in the classroom, human interaction in software engineering and ergonomics. new tests of foreign languages for a number of purposes have become more and more common recently. However, studies interrelating language tests…

  4. The Foreign Language Department in a Liberal Arts College.

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    Beyer, Thomas R., Jr.

    2001-01-01

    Highlights challenges faced by foreign language and literature department chairs. Suggests significant changes have occurred in the perception of language primarily as a skill or tool in support of other interests, in the growing implementation of technology, and in the changing faces of students. (Author/VWL)

  5. Some Recent Developments in Standardized Foreign Language Tests.

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    Austin, Neale W.

    Emphasized in this speech are the innovative practices in the standardized foreign language testing programs sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). The CEEB projected listening and reading "composite tests" and changes in the French and Latin Advanced Placement Tests are described in…

  6. English as a Foreign Language Spelling Development: A Longitudinal Study

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    Kahn-Horwitz, Janina; Sparks, Richard L.; Goldstein, Zahava

    2012-01-01

    English as a foreign language (EFL) spelling was examined longitudinally three times (4th, 9th, 12th grades) during 9 years of EFL study among Hebrew first language (L1) students. The study examined the impact of L1 literacy variables including phonemic awareness, word attack, and spelling on EFL spelling and the relationship between EFL literacy…

  7. The Foreign Language Syllabus--Grammar, Notions and Functions.

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    Saltarelli, Mario, Ed.

    1983-01-01

    Papers in this journal issue concern various aspects of foreign language syllabus construction. Titles and authors are: "The Threshold Level: A Notional-Functional Syllabus" (Barbara F. Matthies); "Functions of Grammar in a Language Teaching Syllabus" (William E. Rutherford); "Communicative and Grammatical Syllabuses to Teach Conversational…

  8. Beliefs about Foreign Language Learning and Their Relationship to Gender

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    Daif-Allah, Ayman Sabry

    2012-01-01

    Learners' beliefs about foreign language learning have been stressed in educational research because they are regarded as fundamental to learners' progress (e.g. Altan, 2012; Russell, 2009; Rieger, 2009; Kormos & Csizér, 2008;). This paper deals with the results of a research project conducted among first-year English language majors studying…

  9. UNDER-ACHIEVEMENT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING. FINAL REPORT.

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    PIMSLEUR, PAUL; AND OTHERS

    TEACHER, STUDENT, AND CURRICULUM ARE ALL SUBJECT TO EXAMINATION IN THIS REPORT TO DETERMINE EACH ONE'S ROLE IN CREATING THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE UNDERACHIEVER, DEFINED AS A STUDENT WHOSE LANGUAGE GRADES DIFFER MARKEDLY FROM HIS OVERALL GRADE-POINT AVERAGE. THE IDEAL SETTING FOR THE INVESTIGATION WAS KING CITY, PSEUDONYM FOR THE ACTUAL CITY, WHERE…

  10. Understanding of Foreign Language Learning of Generation Y

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    Bozavli, Ebubekir

    2016-01-01

    Different generations are constituted depending on social changes and they are designed sociologically as traditional, baby boomer, X, Y and Z. Many studies have been reported on understanding of foreign language learning generation Y. This study aims to realise the gap in and contribute to the research on language learning understanding of…

  11. Central Indiana's Foreign Language Collaborative: An NEH Experiment.

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    Alsop, Thomas A.; And Others

    The Central Indiana Committee for Foreign Language Study was organized by college language departments in 1982 and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as an autonomous collaborative group of interested French, Spanish, and German teachers at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. The purposes of the committee are to…

  12. Mathematics Discourse: "It's Like Hearing a Foreign Language"

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    Kotsopoulos, Donna

    2007-01-01

    As a result of frequently hearing students comment that the language used in mathematics is "like hearing a foreign language," the author investigated this perception by studying a ninth-grade mathematics classroom. Using transcriptions of classroom discussions and semistructured interviews with students, her findings suggest that students…

  13. Approaches to Self-Assessment in Foreign Language Learning.

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    Oskarsson, Mats

    This study was designed to outline possible forms of guided self-assessment in adult language learning and to suggest steps that might be taken in order to further develop methods judged to be suitable for use within the European unit/credit scheme for foreign language learning by adults. The report includes a review of relevant literature and…

  14. 46 CFR 502.7 - Documents in foreign languages.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... written in a language other than English and filed with the Commission or offered in evidence in any... 46 Shipping 9 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Documents in foreign languages. 502.7 Section 502.7 Shipping FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS RULES OF PRACTICE AND...

  15. Foreign Language Anxiety in a New English Program in Thailand

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    Tanielian, Adam R.

    2014-01-01

    Thailand boasts a robust ESL system in both public and private schools, where students learn various subjects from native speakers in the English language. Foreign language classroom anxiety (FLCA) is a subject that is relevant to ESL instruction and learning. This study assesses associations between FLCA and academic performance in English and…

  16. Middle School Foreign Language Instruction: A Missed Opportunity?

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    Kissau, Scott; Adams, Mary Jo; Algozzine, Bob

    2015-01-01

    Multiple studies conducted over the past decade have suggested the motivational and proficiency-related benefits of commencing language instruction at an early age. Limitations in many of these studies, however, have prevented their results from being applied to the teaching of foreign languages in the United States. In response to calls for…

  17. References on Foreign Languages in the Elementary School.

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    Keesee, Elizabeth, Comp.

    A list of materials for use in foreign language instruction in the elementary school groups these materials by language with subgroupings under such headings as: (1) teacher materials; (2) student texts and readers; (3) children's books for native speakers; (4) disc and tape recordings; (5) film materials; and (6) songs, games and charts. The…

  18. Award-Winning Foreign Language Programs: Prescriptions for Success.

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    Sims, William D.; Hammond, Sandra B.

    The study reviews 50 foreign language programs in the United States that are said to be both inspirational and useful for providing concrete information about the creation and preservation of successful language programs. The programs cited are exemplary and can serve as models for educators and administrators to study and visit. Program selection…

  19. Video Dubbing Projects in the Foreign Language Curriculum

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    Burston, Jack

    2005-01-01

    The dubbing of muted video clips offers an excellent opportunity to develop the skills of foreign language learners at all linguistic levels. In addition to its motivational value, soundtrack dubbing provides a rich source of activities in all language skill areas: listening, reading, writing, speaking. With advanced students, it also lends itself…

  20. Reading Authentic Texts in a Foreign Language: A Cognitive Model.

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    Swaffar, Janet K.

    1985-01-01

    Suggests there is a need for a new teaching model which will enable second-language students to integrate the formal, cultural, and informational features of the language on which competency is based. This model should be based on the use of authentic texts which reflect the values of the foreign population. (SED)

  1. The Foreign Language Classroom: Current Perspectives and Future Considerations

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    Collins, Laura; Muñoz, Carmen

    2016-01-01

    "The Modern Language Journal" has long been an important venue for the publication of research and reflection on the teaching and learning of foreign languages (FL) in classroom contexts. In this article, we offer a perspective on the contemporary FL classroom, informed by a descriptive survey of all studies that took place in FL classes…

  2. Progression and Assessment in Foreign Languages at Key Stage 2

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    Hunt, Marilyn

    2009-01-01

    The teaching of primary languages has been increasing steadily, in response to the future entitlement for all Key Stage 2 (KS2) pupils aged 7-11 to learn a foreign language by 2010. However, there remain concerns about progression both within KS2 and through to secondary school and about how learners' progress is assessed. This paper presents…

  3. Infants can rapidly learn words in a foreign language.

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    Bijeljac-Babic, Ranka; Nassurally, Khatijah; Havy, Mélanie; Nazzi, Thierry

    2009-12-01

    The present study used an object manipulation task to explore whether infants are able to learn words in a foreign language. French-learning 20-month-olds, who were taught new words in either English or French by a bilingual French-English speaker, succeeded in both language conditions.

  4. Learning Strategy Instruction in the Foreign Language Classroom: Listening.

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    Chamot, Anna Uhl; And Others

    This resource guide is designed to provide foreign language teachers with suggestions for helping students learn how to become better language learners. The four chapters of the guide for teaching listening skills are as follows: (1) Teaching Learning Strategies (e.g., rationale for teaching, types, useful strategies, guidelines, instructional…

  5. A Brief Introduction to Foreign Languages Education Policy in China

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    Zhang, Weiwen

    2012-01-01

    Based on a series of official published documents and relevant research reports, the paper make a brief introduction to foreign languages education policies in China, which included national English teaching guidance, national English language textbooks, national English curriculum standard and the massive English teachers training program, etc.…

  6. "Bridging Activities," New Media Literacies, and Advanced Foreign Language Proficiency

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    Thorne, Steven L.; Reinhardt, Jonathon

    2008-01-01

    In this article we propose the pedagogical model "bridging activities" to address advanced foreign language proficiency in the context of existing and emerging internet communication and information tools and communities. The article begins by establishing the need for language and genre-focused activities at the advanced level that attend to the…

  7. Transfer and Developmental Processes in Adult Foreign Language Speech Production.

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    Flege, James Emil; Davidian, Richard D.

    1984-01-01

    Describes a study done to test the hypothesis that factors that shape children's production of their native language (L1) will also influence adults' pronunciation of sounds in a foreign language (L2). Results confirmed the hypothesis that developmental processes are "reactivated" when adults attempt to produce L2 sounds not found in their L1.…

  8. Quantum Linguistics and Didactics of Foreign Language Intensive Teaching

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    Natarelli, Larissa I.

    2011-01-01

    This dissertation focuses on quantum linguistics, a sub-field of philosophy of language, preoccupied with studying of the processes on a virtual drive of the human mind: patterns and dynamics of thoughts, verbal and non-verbal codification, cultural conditioning, and foreign language acquisition. While adopting an educational perspective fitting…

  9. Foreign Language/Area Studies Enhancement Project. Final Report.

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    Felker, William; Fuller, Clark

    The Foreign Language/Area Studies Enhancement Program at Central State University (Ohio) is an experience-centered work and study program in Africa designed to give students training in language, culture, and technology. It parallels and supports the university's northern Senegal water management project designed to promote self-sufficiency among…

  10. Wikis for Building Content Knowledge in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Pellet, Stephanie H.

    2012-01-01

    Most pedagogical applications of wikis in foreign language education draw on this collaborative tool to improve (formal) writing skills or to develop target language cultural sensitivity, missing largely on the opportunity to support student-developed L2 content knowledge. Seeking an alternative to traditional teacher-centered approaches, this…

  11. The Role of Songs in the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Claerr, Thomas A.; Gargan, Richard

    1984-01-01

    With some imagination, songs can be used to teach all aspects of foreign language. The language teacher can take advantage of the cultural content of songs by playing holiday music during the appropriate season; explaining the traditions and history of songs; discussing songs with cultural flavor; presenting a variety of music types; and…

  12. Understanding Foreign Language Learning Strategies: A Validation Study

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    Tragant, Elsa; Thompson, Marilyn S.; Victori, Mia

    2013-01-01

    The present work aims to contribute to our understanding of the underlying dimensions of language learning strategies in foreign language contexts. The study analyzes alternative factor structures underlying a recently developed instrument (Tragant and Victori, 2012) and it includes the age factor in the examination of its construct validity. The…

  13. Modern Foreign Language and Area Study Fellowhips: 1973-74.

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    Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.

    This brochure outlines fellowship programs supported by the United States Office of Education in foreign languages, area studies, and world affairs. The programs will support more than 1,100 graduate academic-year fellowships and approximately 1,000 graduate and undergraduate awards for summer intensive language study. Information is included on…

  14. Integrating Language-and-Culture Teaching: An Investigation of Spanish Teachers' Perceptions of the Objectives of Foreign Language Education

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    Castro, Paloma; Sercu, Lies; Mendez Garcia, Maria del Carmen

    2004-01-01

    A recent shift has been noticeable in foreign language education theory. Previously, foreign languages were taught as a linguistic code. This then shifted to teaching that code against the sociocultural background of, primarily, one country in which the foreign language is spoken as a national language. More recently, teaching has reflected on…

  15. Incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary through brief multi-modal exposure.

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    Bisson, Marie-Josée; van Heuven, Walter J B; Conklin, Kathy; Tunney, Richard J

    2013-01-01

    First language acquisition requires relatively little effort compared to foreign language acquisition and happens more naturally through informal learning. Informal exposure can also benefit foreign language learning, although evidence for this has been limited to speech perception and production. An important question is whether informal exposure to spoken foreign language also leads to vocabulary learning through the creation of form-meaning links. Here we tested the impact of exposure to foreign language words presented with pictures in an incidental learning phase on subsequent explicit foreign language learning. In the explicit learning phase, we asked adults to learn translation equivalents of foreign language words, some of which had appeared in the incidental learning phase. Results revealed rapid learning of the foreign language words in the incidental learning phase showing that informal exposure to multi-modal foreign language leads to foreign language vocabulary acquisition. The creation of form-meaning links during the incidental learning phase is discussed.

  16. Cultural Identity and Foreign-Language Teaching

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    Kabakchy, V. V.

    1978-01-01

    This paper focuses on certain difficulties which arise when the first language culture is described in terms of the second language culture, in particular, when an attempt is made to describe Russian culture in English. (CFM)

  17. Shortwave Radio and the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Smith, Philip D.

    1977-01-01

    Uses of shortwave radio in the language classroom are discussed. Benefits are increased language skills and familiarity with the target language and country. Problems of transmission and reception are discussed; obtaining a license is explained. Advice is given on purchasing a radio set. (CHK)

  18. Brain processing of native and foreign languages.

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    Perani, D; Dehaene, S; Grassi, F; Cohen, L; Cappa, S F; Dupoux, E; Fazio, F; Mehler, J

    1996-11-01

    We used positron emission tomography to study brain activity in adults while they were listening to stories in their native language, in a second language acquired after the age of seven, and in a third unknown language. Several areas, similar to those previously observed in monolinguals, were activated by the native but not by the second language. Both the second and the unknown language yielded distinct left-hemispheric activations in areas specialized for phonological processing, which were not engaged by a backward speech control task. These results indicate that some brain areas are shaped by early exposure to the maternal language, and are not necessarily activated by the processing of a second language to which they have been exposed for a limited time later in life.

  19. Fremdsprachenlernen in der Grundschule (Foreign Language Learning in the Elementary School).

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    Informationsschrift zur Lehrerbildung, Lehrerfortbildung und Padagogischen Weiterbildung, 1995

    1995-01-01

    This journal issue offers six articles all on the theme of French and English foreign language learning in German elementary Schools: "Foreign Language Learning in the Elementary School: A Beginning" (Hartmut Breitkreuz); "Thoughts on the Commencement of Foreign Language Learning in the Elementary School" (Gundi Gompf); "Foreign Language…

  20. Tact Training versus Bidirectional Intraverbal Training in Teaching a Foreign Language

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    Dounavi, Katerina

    2014-01-01

    The current study involved an evaluation of the emergence of untrained verbal relations as a function of 3 different foreign-language teaching strategies. Two Spanish-speaking adults received foreign-language (English) tact training and native-to-foreign and foreign-to-native intraverbal training. Tact training and native-to-foreign intraverbal…

  1. Second and foreign language listening: unraveling the construct.

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    Tafaghodtari, Marzieh H; Vandergrift, Larry

    2008-08-01

    Identifying the variables which contribute to second and foreign language (L2) listening ability can provide a better understanding of the listening construct. This study explored the degree to which first language (L1) listening ability, L2 proficiency, motivation and metacognition contribute to L2 listening comprehension. 115 Persian-speaking English as a Foreign Language (EFL) university students completed a motivation questionnaire, the Language Learning Motivation Orientation Scale, a listening questionnaire, the Metacognitive Awareness Listening Questionnaire, and an English-language proficiency measure, as well as listening tests in English and Persian. Scores from all measures were subjected to descriptive, inferential, and correlational analyses. The results support the hypothesis that variability in L2 listening cannot be explained by either L2 proficiency or L1 listening ability; rather, a cluster of variables including L2 proficiency, L1 listening ability, metacognitive knowledge and motivation orientations can better explain variability in L2 listening ability.

  2. Foreign language comprehension achievement: insights from the cognate facilitation effect

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    Casaponsa, Aina; Antón, Eneko; Pérez, Alejandro; Duñabeitia, Jon A.

    2015-01-01

    Numerous studies have shown that the native language influences foreign word recognition and that this influence is modulated by the proficiency in the non-native language. Here we explored how the degree of reliance on cross-language similarity (as measured by the cognate facilitation effect) together with other domain-general cognitive factors contribute to reading comprehension achievement in a non-native language at different stages of the learning process. We tested two groups of native speakers of Spanish learning English at elementary and intermediate levels in an academic context. A regression model approach showed that domain-general cognitive skills are good predictors of second language reading achievement independently of the level of proficiency. Critically, we found that individual differences in the degree of reliance on the native language predicted foreign language reading achievement, showing a markedly different pattern between proficiency groups. At lower levels of proficiency the cognate facilitation effect was positively related with reading achievement, while this relation became negative at intermediate levels of foreign language learning. We conclude that the link between native- and foreign-language lexical representations helps participants at initial stages of the learning process, whereas it is no longer the case at intermediate levels of proficiency, when reliance on cross-language similarity is inversely related to successful non-native reading achievement. Thus, at intermediate levels of proficiency strong and direct mappings from the non-native lexical forms to semantic concepts are needed to achieve good non-native reading comprehension, in line with the premises of current models of bilingual lexico-semantic organization. PMID:25999899

  3. Foreign language comprehension achievement: insights from the cognate facilitation effect.

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    Casaponsa, Aina; Antón, Eneko; Pérez, Alejandro; Duñabeitia, Jon A

    2015-01-01

    Numerous studies have shown that the native language influences foreign word recognition and that this influence is modulated by the proficiency in the non-native language. Here we explored how the degree of reliance on cross-language similarity (as measured by the cognate facilitation effect) together with other domain-general cognitive factors contribute to reading comprehension achievement in a non-native language at different stages of the learning process. We tested two groups of native speakers of Spanish learning English at elementary and intermediate levels in an academic context. A regression model approach showed that domain-general cognitive skills are good predictors of second language reading achievement independently of the level of proficiency. Critically, we found that individual differences in the degree of reliance on the native language predicted foreign language reading achievement, showing a markedly different pattern between proficiency groups. At lower levels of proficiency the cognate facilitation effect was positively related with reading achievement, while this relation became negative at intermediate levels of foreign language learning. We conclude that the link between native- and foreign-language lexical representations helps participants at initial stages of the learning process, whereas it is no longer the case at intermediate levels of proficiency, when reliance on cross-language similarity is inversely related to successful non-native reading achievement. Thus, at intermediate levels of proficiency strong and direct mappings from the non-native lexical forms to semantic concepts are needed to achieve good non-native reading comprehension, in line with the premises of current models of bilingual lexico-semantic organization.

  4. The Internet, Language Learning, and International Dialogue: Constructing Online Foreign Language Learning Websites

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    Kartal, Erdogan; Uzun, Levent

    2010-01-01

    In the present study we call attention to the close connection between languages and globalization, and we also emphasize the importance of the Internet and online websites in foreign language teaching and learning as unavoidable elements of computer assisted language learning (CALL). We prepared a checklist by which we investigated 28 foreign…

  5. 77 FR 13571 - Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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    2012-03-07

    ... Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Date: March 21, 2012. Time of Meeting: Approximately 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Please allow extra time for gate security for both days. Location: Defense Language...: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165, and the availability of space,...

  6. Foreign Language Learners' Views on the Importance of Learning the Target Language Pronunciation

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    Çakir, Ismail; Baytar, Birtan

    2014-01-01

    Pronunciation is one of the controversial topics in the field of English language teaching as a second or foreign language. The aim of this study is to understand the attitudes of prep class students at Kastamonu University (state university) in Turkey towards the importance of pronunciation in language learning. Therefore, a pronunciation…

  7. Language Testing: The Construction and Use of Foreign Language Tests. A Teacher's Book.

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    Lado, Robert

    Intended as a comprehensive introduction to the construction and use of foreign language tests, this book utilizes modern linguistic knowledge as a base for scientific language testing. Major attention in testing is focused on such integrated language skills as auditory and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, translation, and over-all…

  8. Implementation of Task-Based Language Teaching in Chinese as a Foreign Language: Benefits and Challenges

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    Bao, Rui; Du, Xiangyun

    2015-01-01

    Task-based language teaching (TBLT) has been drawing increased attention from language teachers and researchers in the past decade. This paper focuses on the effects of TBLT on beginner learners of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) in Denmark. Participatory observation and semi-structured interviews were carried out with 18 participants from two…

  9. "Why Are College Foreign Language Students' Self-Efficacy, Attitude, and Motivation so Different?"

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    Hsieh, Pei-Hsuan

    2008-01-01

    Simply taking foreign language courses and being exposed to the language does not guarantee successful and positive learning experiences. When examining factors that influence foreign language learning, motivation should be considered. To extend current foreign language literature, this study integrated self-efficacy and Gardners' AMTB variables…

  10. Foreign Language Learning, Today and Tomorrow: Essays in Honor of Emma M. Birkmaier.

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    Arendt, Jermaine D., Ed.; And Others

    The following essays are included: (1) "Futurism in Foreign Language Learning" by Frank M. Grittner and Percy B. Fearing; (2) "Humanism in Learning Foreign Languages" by Samuel L. Lieberman; (3) "Objectives for New Programs: A Thematic Approach in Second Language Learning" by Helen L. Jorstad; (4) "Individualization of Foreign Language Learning"…

  11. Foreign Language Learning Disabilities: The Identification of Predictive and Diagnostic Variables.

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    Gajar, Anna H.

    1987-01-01

    Modern Language Aptitude Test scores of regular students (N=244) enrolled in introductory foreign language classes were compared with their foreign language course performance. The fourth and fifth subtests predicted ability to learn a foreign language. Learning disabled (N=51) university students scored poorly on all five subtests. (DB)

  12. Developing Cultural Awareness in Foreign Language Teaching

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    Shemshadsara, Zahra Ghorbani

    2012-01-01

    Culture awareness has become an important focus of modern language education, a shift that reflects a greater awareness of the inseparability of language and culture, and the need to prepare students for intercultural communication. The paper reports on an ongoing study into the presence and status of cultural understanding in EFL teaching. In…

  13. Cerebral Dominance, Language Acquisition, and Foreign Accents.

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    Scovel, Tom

    1969-01-01

    Implicit in the discussion of views taken by Wolfe, Geschwind, and Newmark is a claim that no learning theory based solely on "nurture" can account for the fact that language acquisition in childhood is a trait, in adulthood a skill. The child can master the language system completely, regardless of his intellectual capacity or his social…

  14. EMERGING CONCEPTS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING.

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    FREEMAN, STEPHEN A.

    IN THE PAST 15 YEARS, MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING HAS CHANGED RADICALLY, AND THE CONTINUING CONTROVERSY WILL PROVOKE EVEN FURTHER CHANGES. CURRENT INTEREST DEMANDS A MODIFICATION OF THE AUDIOLINGUAL APPROACH TO INCLUDE TRAINING, AS SOON AS PEDAGOGICALLY FEASIBLE, IN ALL FOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS. INCREASED ENROLLMENTS AND EXTENDED STUDY SEQUENCES HAVE…

  15. Significance of Literature in Foreign Language Teaching

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    Babaee, Ruzbeh; Yahya, Wan Roselezam Bt Wan

    2014-01-01

    This research aims to consider literature as a significant tool for teaching fundamental language skills including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Reasons for the use of literature in language classrooms and major factors for choosing appropriate kinds of literary texts in such classes should be highlighted in order to make readers aware…

  16. Foreign Language Methodology Conference Workshop Reports, 1977.

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    Carranza, Jose M., Ed.; Whitmer, Robert L., Ed.

    This collection resulting from a workshop on language teaching methodology contains the following papers: (1) "Current Views and Principles on Unlocking the FL Treasure Chest," by R. Lado; (2) "Effective Ways of Teaching First-Year French," by J.G. Nicholas; (3) "Teaching Conversation and Comprehension Skills in Elementary Language Classes," by…

  17. The Foreign Language Laboratory and the Future of Language Teaching

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    Mendoza-Harrell, Thomas

    1976-01-01

    A rebuttal is made to an article entitled "The Case Against the Conventional Language Laboratory" by John R. Allen ("System," Vol. 2, No. 1). Arguments made in that article against the language laboratory are outlined and discussed. (RM)

  18. Growth of language-related brain areas after foreign language learning.

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    Mårtensson, Johan; Eriksson, Johan; Bodammer, Nils Christian; Lindgren, Magnus; Johansson, Mikael; Nyberg, Lars; Lövdén, Martin

    2012-10-15

    The influence of adult foreign-language acquisition on human brain organization is poorly understood. We studied cortical thickness and hippocampal volumes of conscript interpreters before and after three months of intense language studies. Results revealed increases in hippocampus volume and in cortical thickness of the left middle frontal gyrus, inferior frontal gyrus, and superior temporal gyrus for interpreters relative to controls. The right hippocampus and the left superior temporal gyrus were structurally more malleable in interpreters acquiring higher proficiency in the foreign language. Interpreters struggling relatively more to master the language displayed larger gray matter increases in the middle frontal gyrus. These findings confirm structural changes in brain regions known to serve language functions during foreign-language acquisition.

  19. Foreign Language Day--A Living Language Experience.

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    Wood, Paul W.

    St. Bonaventure University holds a Language Day each spring, hosting some 3,900 area junior high and high school students. The buildings and facilities of the university campus are used, and activities include language competitions (exhibits, interpretative readings, language productions, audio-visual presentations and essays); a fiesta; foreign…

  20. Foreign Subtitles Help but Native-Language Subtitles Harm Foreign Speech Perception

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    Mitterer, Holger; McQueen, James M.

    2009-01-01

    Understanding foreign speech is difficult, in part because of unusual mappings between sounds and words. It is known that listeners in their native language can use lexical knowledge (about how words ought to sound) to learn how to interpret unusual speech-sounds. We therefore investigated whether subtitles, which provide lexical information, support perceptual learning about foreign speech. Dutch participants, unfamiliar with Scottish and Australian regional accents of English, watched Scottish or Australian English videos with Dutch, English or no subtitles, and then repeated audio fragments of both accents. Repetition of novel fragments was worse after Dutch-subtitle exposure but better after English-subtitle exposure. Native-language subtitles appear to create lexical interference, but foreign-language subtitles assist speech learning by indicating which words (and hence sounds) are being spoken. PMID:19918371

  1. Factor analysis of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale in Korean learners of English as a foreign language.

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    Park, Gi-Pyo

    2014-08-01

    This study examined the latent constructs of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) using two different groups of Korean English as a foreign language (EFL) university students. Maximum likelihood exploratory factor analysis with direct oblimin rotation was performed among the first group of 217 participants and produced two meaningful latent components in the FLCAS. The two components of the FLCAS were closely examined among the second group of 244 participants to find the extent to which the two components of the FLCAS fit the data. The model fit indexes showed that the two-factor model in general adequately fit the data. Findings of this study were discussed with the focus on the two components of the FLCAS, followed by future study areas to be undertaken to shed further light on the role of foreign language anxiety in L2 acquisition. PMID:25153961

  2. Factor analysis of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale in Korean learners of English as a foreign language.

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    Park, Gi-Pyo

    2014-08-01

    This study examined the latent constructs of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) using two different groups of Korean English as a foreign language (EFL) university students. Maximum likelihood exploratory factor analysis with direct oblimin rotation was performed among the first group of 217 participants and produced two meaningful latent components in the FLCAS. The two components of the FLCAS were closely examined among the second group of 244 participants to find the extent to which the two components of the FLCAS fit the data. The model fit indexes showed that the two-factor model in general adequately fit the data. Findings of this study were discussed with the focus on the two components of the FLCAS, followed by future study areas to be undertaken to shed further light on the role of foreign language anxiety in L2 acquisition.

  3. Distribution of ACTFL Ratings by TOEFL Score Ranges.

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    Boldt, R. F.; And Others

    The purpose of this study was to align verbal descriptions of test takers' language performance with distributions of the numerical scores they received on the three sections (Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, and Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The descriptors of…

  4. Foreign Language Teaching and the Computer.

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    Garrett, Nina, Ed.; Hart, Robert S., Ed.

    1986-01-01

    "Morgens geht Fritz zur Schule" is a software tutorial and drill program, designed for use with the Apple II computer, which provides practice with German prepositions for students in a beginning German language course. (CB)

  5. Reflections on foreign language study for students with language learning problems: research, issues and challenges.

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    Ganschow, L; Sparks, R L

    2000-01-01

    The study of foreign language (FL) learning for individuals who have found learning to read and write in their first language extremely problematic has been an under-researched area throughout the world. Since the 1980s, Leonore Ganschow and Richard Sparks have conducted pioneering research into the nature of difficulties, why they are encountered and how they can be minimized. In this paper the authors trace the development of their research on foreign language difficulties for students with language learning problems. They provide a summary of their findings and suggest new questions and directions for the field.

  6. A Proposal: Get Serious about the Foreign-Language Requirement

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    White, Edward M.

    2008-01-01

    The very idea of discussing the foreign-language requirement for graduate degrees in English is enough to drive faculty members back to their offices to grade first-year composition papers. How can they bear to hear yet again the responsible and powerful arguments in favor of the requirement--and the practical arguments against it? If they have…

  7. Assessing Academic Writing in Foreign and Second Languages

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    Cumming, Alister

    2009-01-01

    Academic writing and education in foreign and second languages both have lengthy histories. Their histories have diverged but also intersected. Matsuda (2005), for example, described the convergence in policies that led to a distinctive discipline of "L2 writing" in higher education in the U.S.A. during the latter part of the 20th century.…

  8. Pragmatic Comprehension in Japanese as a Foreign Language

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    Taguchi, Naoko

    2008-01-01

    This study developed an original instrument that measures pragmatic comprehension in Japanese as a foreign language (JFL). It examined the ability to comprehend implied meaning encoded in conventional and nonconventional features and the effect of proficiency on comprehension. There were 63 college students of Japanese at 2 proficiency levels who…

  9. PROGRAMED INSTRUCTION AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING--PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS.

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    VALDMAN, ALBERT

    THE RESULTS OF INVESTIGATIONS CONDUCTED DURING THE PAST 6 YEARS IN SELF-INSTRUCTION IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES HAVE LED RESEARCHERS TO CONCLUDE THAT TOTAL PROGRAMED INSTRUCTION SEEMS PRODUCTIVE ONLY IN CASES WHERE THE TERMINAL BEHAVIOR TO BE ACHIEVED IS VERY LIMITED. EXPERIMENTS HAVE SHOWN THAT IT IS MOST USEFUL IN MODULES AT EARLY LEVELS FOR TEACHING…

  10. The Need for Foreign Language in the Psychological Professions.

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    Aruffo, Sylvia Dawn

    Four therapist-client interview transcripts of one outpatient drawn from the files of a state mental health clinic are presented, with some narrative interpretation, to illustrate the need for foreign language skills in the psychological professions. The case is of Rosa, a non-English-speaking Hispanic woman referred by a Spanish-speaking social…

  11. Telecommunications in Foreign Language Education: A Resource List. ERIC Digest.

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    Krause, Julie

    Foreign language and bilingual educators are in the unique position of being able to bring the world to their classrooms via the telecommunications technologies. Telecommunication is electronic communication over long distances by means of an online computer service, a telephone, a television, a satellite, or other long distance technologies. This…

  12. Learning to Converse in a Foreign Language: The RECEPTION GAME.

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    Kaplan, Marsha A.

    1997-01-01

    The RECEPTION GAME teaches conversation skills to adult foreign language learners with positions in international business and diplomacy. The design combines elements of simulation and experiential learning and takes into account conversation's rapport-building function, turn-taking mechanisms, open-ended structure, listening demands for following…

  13. Myths about Foreign Language Learning and Learning Disabilities

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    Sparks, Richard L.

    2016-01-01

    Conventional wisdom in education has suggested that students who are classified as learning disabled (LD) will exhibit inordinate difficulties learning a foreign language (FL). Even when not explicitly stated, the notion that those classified as LD have a disability for FL learning is implied. However, while beliefs about this purported disability…

  14. Extensive Writing in Foreign-Language Classrooms: A Blogging Approach

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    Sun, Yu-Chih

    2010-01-01

    A weblog (blog or Web log) has recently become one of the most widely used Internet applications. The current study concerns developing a blog specifically designed for learners learning English as a foreign language. The study investigated the effects of extensive writing by comparing the writing performance in the first three and the last three…

  15. The Evaluation of Foreign-Language-Teacher Education Programmes

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    Peacock, Matthew

    2009-01-01

    This article presents a new procedure for the evaluation of EFL teacher-training programmes based on principles of programme evaluation and foreign-language-teacher (FLT) education. The procedure focuses on programme strengths and weaknesses and how far the programme meets the needs of students. I tested the procedure through an evaluation of a…

  16. The Competitive Advantage of Foreign Languages and Cultural Knowledge

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    Grosse, Christine Uber

    2004-01-01

    This study presents the results of an electronic survey of 2,500 randomly selected alumni from the graduating classes of 1970 through 2002 of Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. Of the 2,500 alumni, 581 responded. Thunderbird required a minimum of 4 semesters of foreign language for graduation. The survey…

  17. 16 CFR 803.8 - Foreign language documents.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Foreign language documents. 803.8 Section 803.8 Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION RULES, REGULATIONS, STATEMENTS AND INTERPRETATIONS UNDER THE HART-SCOTT-RODINO ANTITRUST IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 1976 TRANSMITTAL RULES § 803.8...

  18. Investigating Foreign Language Education through the Lenses of Great Minds

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    Gao, Yang

    2013-01-01

    The paper is a brief review of three great philosophers' tenets and their implications on foreign language education. Based on the recurring themes, namely, Noddings "teaching with care", Dewey's "learning by doing" and Vygotsky's sociocultural theory, the paper highlights the importance of care and love, interaction, practical…

  19. Accountability and Criterion Referenced Testing in Modern Foreign Language Programs.

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    Struth, Johann F.

    The nature of educational accountability, seen as an organized, systematized process of self-evaluation, and a review of available standardized tests for foreign language programs are examined in this paper. Teacher accountability is seen to rely exclusively on the judgement of the teacher and administration within the school itself. The author…

  20. Modality Endowment in Foreign Language Learning. Final Report.

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    Pimsleur, Paul; And Others

    This project was designed to develop a test of modality (eye/ear) endowment and to determine the significance of this factor in foreign language instruction. Subjects were junior and senior high school students enrolled in French and Spanish classes. In phases 1 and 2 the Modality Endowment Battery of tests (MEB) was constructed and shown to have…

  1. Success Guaranteed: Precision Teaching in the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Wakefield, Sandra; And Others

    Precision teaching is a useful tool for individualizing drills on a wide variety of foreign language skills. In 5 to 10 minutes per day, students can systematically practice specific skills in need of improvement. The technique has four major components: (1) a precise means of measuring performance continuously, (2) detailed records on behavior…

  2. Toward a Definition of Individualized Foreign Language Instruction.

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    Altman, Howard B.

    Abstracts of three papers on individuated instruction center on the need for a redefinition of terminology and continued research of its implications in the teaching of foreign languages. The abstracted papers include: (1) Howard Altman's "Toward A Definition of Individualized Instruction," (2) Barbara Gordon's "The Speech Community of the School…

  3. Survey of States Requiring Foreign Languages for State School Accreditation.

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    Gage, Alfred

    This survey provides information on the existence of foreign language requirements for accreditation purposes on the elementary/secondary level in each of the 50 states. Where there is a requirement, the source of the requirement is specified as well as its nature and extent. It was found that 25 states have such a requirement. (AMH)

  4. The Role of NIE in Foreign Language Dissemination and Evaluation.

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    Eddy, Peter A.

    One of 10 studies commissioned to investigate research needs and to stimulate planning activities, this paper reviews program evaluation in foreign language education (FLED), and offers a number of recommendations to improve present practice. It begins by noting that very little FLED program evaluation is taking place today, and by arguing that…

  5. Case Study in Foreign Language Learning for Teacher Trainees.

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    Wildsmith, R.

    An intensive case study in learning a second foreign language, which is part of an applied linguistics course for teachers/teacher trainees offered at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) is described. Attention is directed to: case study rationale and objectives; student orientation and preparation; and areas of focus and the…

  6. Testing and Evaluation. Foreign Languages in Virginia Schools, No. 3.

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    Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Foreign Language Service.

    This publication is one of a series designed to inform and assist those responsible for foreign language instruction, including teachers, administrators, supervisors, and those engaged in teacher education. The complete series serves as a curriculum guide. The format of the series is such that it can be revised so as to keep materials current.…

  7. Some Correlates of Success in University Level Foreign Language Courses.

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    Beanblossom, Gary F.

    This paper focuses on the effects of pre-college aptitude and high school achievement variables on university foreign language success at various undergraduate course levels in French, German, and Spanish. The objective is twofold: (1) to compare statistically contributions of different types of aptitude and achievement variables to grade point…

  8. How Early Can We Efficiently Start Teaching a Foreign Language?

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    Dolean, Dacian Dorin

    2015-01-01

    The appropriateness of early childhood foreign language education is occasionally a debatable subject among parents, educators, public education administrators and policymakers. A large body of research has been done on this subject and conclusions sometimes appear contradictory. This article first reviews briefly the importance of learning a…

  9. Getting Them Speaking: Classroom Social Factors and Foreign Language Anxiety

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    Effiong, Okon

    2016-01-01

    This study, which focuses on foreign language anxiety (FLA) experienced by Japanese learners of English in four universities, explores causative agents by looking into the classroom. The research questions aim to explore how FLA is influenced by classroom social factors. The study adopted qualitative data collection procedures, and the field work…

  10. Body in Mind: How Gestures Empower Foreign Language Learning

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    Macedonia, Manuela; Knosche, Thomas R.

    2011-01-01

    It has previously been demonstrated that enactment (i.e., performing representative gestures during encoding) enhances memory for concrete words, in particular action words. Here, we investigate the impact of enactment on abstract word learning in a foreign language. We further ask if learning novel words with gestures facilitates sentence…

  11. Advertisements: An Overlooked Resource in the Foreign Language Classroom.

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    Deutsch, Rena

    The use of newspaper and magazine advertisements for teaching foreign language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammar, pronunciation, and culture is encouraged and discussed. Suggested lessons and classroom activities are presented in four categories: vocabulary, grammatical rules…

  12. Berlin Kompass: Multimodal Gameful Empowerment for Foreign Language Learning

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    Kallioniemi, Pekka; Posti, Laura-Pihkala; Hakulinen, Jaakko; Turunen, Markku; Keskinen, Tuuli; Raisamo, Roope

    2015-01-01

    This article presents an innovative, gameful, multimodal, and authentic learning environment for training of oral communication in a foreign language--a virtual adventure called Berlin Kompass. After a brief presentation of the pedagogical and technological backgrounds, the system is described. Central results of a series of pilots in autumn 2013…

  13. Developing Educational Resources in Illinois: The Role of Foreign Languages.

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    Hoegl, Juergen K.

    National concern for the need for improved education in foreign languages and international studies has met with some response from some states. In Illinois, the response began with a state task force and a five-year educational plan, and current planning is being done in the context of economic development and educational reform needs in the…

  14. Management of Foreign Language Anxiety: Insiders' Awareness and Experiences

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    Tran, Trang Thi Thu; Moni, Karen

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated EFL students' and teachers' perspectives and experiences of managing foreign language anxiety (FLA). Data were obtained from 49 student autobiographies, 18 student interviews, 8 teacher interviews and 351 student responses to an open-ended question. Content analysis was used to analyse the data with the use of NVivo. A…

  15. Suggestive-Accelerative Learning and Teaching in Foreign Languages.

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    Herr, Kay U.

    The suggestive-accelerative approach to foreign language instruction is described. This method, first used in Bulgaria by Georgi Lozanov, emphasizes bringing the imagination to bear on the learning task, in a relaxed classroom environment. After establishing a calm atmosphere through direct and indirect suggestion, the teacher proceeds to…

  16. 9 CFR 381.128 - Labels in foreign languages.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Labels in foreign languages. 381.128 Section 381.128 Animals and Animal Products FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE... be approved by the Administrator in specific cases and such modified labeling may be used for...

  17. 9 CFR 381.128 - Labels in foreign languages.

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    2012-01-01

    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Labels in foreign languages. 381.128 Section 381.128 Animals and Animal Products FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE... be approved by the Administrator in specific cases and such modified labeling may be used for...

  18. CMC Technologies for Teaching Foreign Languages: What's on the Horizon?

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    Lafford, Peter A.; Lafford, Barbara A.

    2005-01-01

    Computer-mediated communication (CMC) technologies have begun to play an increasingly important role in the teaching of foreign/second (L2) languages. Its use in this context is supported by a growing body of CMC research that highlights the importance of the negotiation of meaning and computer-based interaction in the process of second language…

  19. Foreign-Language Grammar Instruction via the Mother Tongue

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    Paradowski, Michal B.

    2007-01-01

    The chapter reports the results of a controlled experiment which suggest that foreign-language grammar instruction that forges explicit connections with the grammar of the students' mother tongue aids learning, at least as far as students' application of discrete-point grammar rules is concerned. (Contains 2 figures and 3 notes.) [This document…

  20. Study Abroad, Foreign Language Use, and the Communities Standard

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    Allen, Heather Willis; Dupuy, Beatrice

    2012-01-01

    Although participation in multilingual communities around the world has been understood to be the raison d'etre for foreign language study, the Communities standard has been portrayed as an extracurricular experience and more difficult to weave into instruction than the other standards. This article addresses two questions: (1) Does a study abroad…

  1. Motion-Picture Films in Foreign Language Teaching.

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    Whitburn, M.

    During the year 1972-73 experiments were conducted at the University of Brussels on the use of motion picture films as a medium of teaching English as a foreign language to college students. Most of the students were at the intermediate level in English, and needed practice in aural comprehension and oral expression. Selected films were obtained…

  2. Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children.

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    Tokuhama-Espinosa, Tracey

    This book illustrates how children learn foreign languages and when they can do so with the best results. The most recent studies in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology are evaluated, and the findings are presented in a recipe format. Parents are encouraged to evaluate the multilingual children in their lives with the use of tools…

  3. Foreign Language Articulation in High Schools and Colleges.

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    Smith, Marina V.

    A conference workshop for foreign language teachers on improving articulation between high schools and colleges, and the efforts resulting from the articulation in one district, are described by a participant from a community college. The session brought together 30 teachers committed to taking responsibility for colleague cooperation in their…

  4. Awakening Young Children to Foreign Languages: Openness to Diversity Highlighted

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    Ben Maad, Mohamed Ridha

    2016-01-01

    The study of how foreign languages affect the personality-building process has received considerable attention in early childhood research. A number of related projects implemented across Europe have been conducted to establish how such influence may contribute to active citizenship education. However, no echoes of this research line have reached…

  5. Exploring Young Learners' Foreign Language Learning Awareness

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    Muñoz, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    The present study explores young learners' awareness of foreign language learning and of their learning conditions. The participants were 76 Catalan-Spanish children who were learning English at primary school. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal data were collected by means of two different interviews that contained questions related to…

  6. The Role of Media in Foreign Language Teaching.

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    Seng, Mark W.

    This paper discusses three types of visual media and how they can be used to enhance foreign language teaching. The first method, nonphotographic slides, is described in terms of its assets, limitations, and possible uses. The second method discussed is the use of color slides with close-up photography. Three examples are given of slide series.…

  7. Modern Foreign Languages Accommodation: A Design Guide. Building Bulletin 92.

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    Williamson, Beech, Ed.; Watson, Lucy, Ed.

    This document offers school design guidance for accommodating the needs for teaching modern foreign languages (MFLs) in secondary education. Section 1 outlines the range of spaces in a typical MFL suite and describes how to calculate the number of timetabled spaces required. It includes guidance on planning the suite and what to consider if there…

  8. READINGS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

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    KENDRICK, WILLIAM; LEVENSON, STANLEY

    THE SELECTIONS IN THIS VOLUME DESIGNED FOR TEACHERS, STUDENT TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, CONSULTANTS, AND OTHERS NOT ONLY PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS IN GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHT, BUT ALSO EXAMINES IN DETAIL ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF FLES PROGRAMS. PART ONE OF THE VOLUME, "A PHILOSOPHICAL RATIONALE FOR FLES,"…

  9. Foreign Languages and International Studies: Case for Survival.

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    Buzash, Michael D.

    An argument is made for continued and strengthened programs in foreign language instruction in business curricula. Among the points made are the following: economic and commercial development in post-World War II America established strong international ties; the Vietnam War emphasized U.S. inadequacies in cultural literacy; some higher education…

  10. The Classroom Interaction of Outstanding Foreign Language Teachers

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    Moskowitz, Gertrude

    1976-01-01

    The classroom interaction of ten foreign language teachers identified as outstanding was studied and compared with that of a group of typical teachers. The FLint system of interaction analysis and anecdotal records were used to collect data as the teachers taught four different lessons. Differences between the groups are discussed. (Author/RM)

  11. Ideabook: Writing Assignments for the Foreign Language Class.

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    Burtnett, Olga J.

    A guide to personal letter writing for foreign language classes provides ideas, formats, and useful information for an instructional unit and student projects. The first section outlines unit goals and offers ideas for activities and assignments. These include class pen pals, teacher and parent letters, holiday letters, follow-ups for telegrams,…

  12. Sources of Foreign Language Student Teacher Anxiety: A Qualitative Inquiry

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    Merc, Ali

    2011-01-01

    This study aimed to find out the sources of foreign language student teacher anxiety experienced by Turkish EFL student teachers throughout the teaching practicum using qualitative data collection tools. 150 student teachers completing their teaching practicum as part of their graduation requirement at Anadolu University Faculty of Education…

  13. Yes, You Can Learn Foreign Language Pronunciation by Sight!

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    Richmond, Edmun B.; And Others

    1979-01-01

    Describes the Envelope Vowel Approximation System (EVAS), a foreign language pronunciation learning system which allows students to see as well as hear a pedagogical model of a sound, and to compare their own utterances of that sound to the model as they pronounce the same sound. (Author/CMV)

  14. Foreign Language Skills and Tourism Management Courses in the UK.

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    Leslie, David; Russell, Hilary; Forbes, Allison

    2002-01-01

    A survey of first-year and final-year management students (n=104) and 17 tourism employers revealed differences in the perceptions of the two groups regarding the role of foreign language skills. Results raised concerns in light of the demand for multilingual tourism staff. (Contains 24 references.) (JOW)

  15. Foreign Language Learning, Motivation and the Market Economy

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    Diamantatou, Christina; Hawes, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    This study explores UK students' motivation to study foreign languages, linking unrewarding past learning experiences with attrition rates and posing questions about the influence of official policy and socially structured conditions. 31 Further Education college students were given a questionnaire based on Gardner's (1975) Attitude/Motivation…

  16. Impasses and Reversals in Foreign Language Instruction. Melanges Pedagogiques, 1971.

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    Baskan, O.

    All proposed programs in foreign language instruction should be scrutinized and questioned in liberal-minded research centers, because this field seems to have arrived at an impasse. Two types of impasse are evident: "intrinsic" and "emergent.""Intrinsic" refers to built-in difficulties, those that are not artificially imposed on the…

  17. Critical Geragogy and Foreign Language Learning: An Exploratory Application

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    Ramírez Gómez, Danya

    2016-01-01

    This article proposes an exploratory application of the principles of critical geragogy (Formosa, 2002, 2011, 2012) to foreign language (FL) education (i.e., L2 learning in the L1 community). Critical geragogy is an educational, practical framework intended to empower older adults and lead them to emancipate from age strictures (Glendenning &…

  18. Foreign Language Skills for Employability in the EU Labour Market

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    Grasmane, Daina; Grasmane, Sanita

    2011-01-01

    To confront rising unemployment, skills of the labour force must be improved. With the aim to find out how foreign language skills impact employability, a study was carried out, in which 61 undergraduates, 33 master's students and 33 doctoral students from the Latvian University of Agriculture participated. The findings testify that 38% of the…

  19. Compulsory "Foreign Language Activities" in Japanese Primary Schools

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    Hashimoto, Kayoko

    2011-01-01

    From 2011, the new curriculum for introducing English to Japanese primary schools will be fully implemented in the form of "foreign language activities". This innovation forms part of the government's plan to cultivate "Japanese with English abilities", a development based on the awareness, particularly in the business sector, that equipping…

  20. Student Engagement and Motivation in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Lin, Tsun-Ju

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation consists of two manuscripts to examine student motivation and engagement in the foreign language classroom. The purpose of the first paper is to propose a model that distinguishes between motivation and engagement. The paper highlights the connections and differences between motivation and engagement in order to point out issues…

  1. A Call to Action for National Foreign Language Capabilities

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    US Department of Defense, 2005

    2005-01-01

    The terrorist attacks of September 11th, the Global War on Terrorism, and the continued threat to the Homeland have defined the critical need to take action to improve the foreign language and cultural capabilities of the Nation. The government must act now to improve the gathering and analysis of information, advance international diplomacy, and…

  2. Telecollaboration and Sociopragmatic Awareness in the Foreign Language Classroom

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    Martí, Natalia Morollón; Fernández, Susana S.

    2016-01-01

    This paper discusses the design and implementation of a pedagogical intervention aimed at raising sociopragmatic awareness in the context of Spanish as a foreign language in Denmark. The intervention consists of a blended-learning environment where the three main components are synchronous telecollaboration via Skype, reflection sessions in groups…

  3. Materials and Purchasing Management: The Foreign Languages Department.

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    Garrott, Carl L.

    Each college foreign language department needs to use its limited resources with long-term goals in mind. Strategic planning requires the department to make sense of innovations in technology, present and future costs, enrollment trends, product life cycles, student characteristics, methodology, programmed or non-programmed needs, and vendors. In…

  4. Increasing the Functional Culture Content of the Foreign Language Class.

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    Spinelli, Emily

    An important category of culture to include in second language curriculum is functional culture, defined as the elements of surface and deep culture as well as civilization that must be learned to function while traveling, living, studying, or working in a foreign culture. Elements of functional culture include acting appropriately in everyday…

  5. Motivation within the Information Processing Model of Foreign Language Learning

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    Manolopoulou-Sergi, Eleni

    2004-01-01

    The present article highlights the importance of the motivational construct for the foreign language learning (FLL) process. More specifically, in the present article it is argued that motivation is likely to play a significant role at all three stages of the FLL process as they are discussed within the information processing model of FLL, namely,…

  6. CSP Directory of Suppliers of Educational Foreign Language Materials, 1978.

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    1977

    This directory of suppliers of educational foreign language materials provides information on the following items: adult education materials, bilingual-bicultural materials, books, dictionaries and encyclopedias, films and filmstrips, journals, lab and classroom equipment, pen pals, placement bureaus, posters, records, cassettes, tapes and…

  7. Distance Education Technology: Foreign Language Instruction in Wisconsin.

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    Kuntz, Patricia S.

    A discussion of distance-delivered foreign language instruction in Wisconsin focuses on the selection of appropriate technology for instructional delivery and on the design of distance instruction. Issues relating to both secondary and postsecondary instruction are examined. The first section examines some of the considerations in selecting…

  8. Toward Useful Program Evaluation in College Foreign Language Education

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    Norris, John M., Ed.; Davis, John McE., Ed.; Sinicrope, Castle, Ed.; Watanabe, Yukiko, Ed.

    2009-01-01

    This volume reports on innovative, useful evaluation work conducted within U.S. college foreign language programs. An introductory chapter scopes out the territory, reporting key findings from research into the concerns, impetuses, and uses for evaluation that FL educators identify. Seven chapters then highlight examples of evaluations conducted…

  9. Tact training versus bidirectional intraverbal training in teaching a foreign language.

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    Dounavi, Katerina

    2014-01-01

    The current study involved an evaluation of the emergence of untrained verbal relations as a function of 3 different foreign-language teaching strategies. Two Spanish-speaking adults received foreign-language (English) tact training and native-to-foreign and foreign-to-native intraverbal training. Tact training and native-to-foreign intraverbal training resulted in the emergence of a greater number of untrained responses, and may thus be more efficient than foreign-to-native intraverbal training.

  10. Current Trends in Foreign Language Testing.

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    Cox, Jerry

    Three techniques of integrative FL testing are specifically discussed: dictation, cloze testing and noise testing. Studies show that dictation, when properly conducted, is a useful and efficient measure of overall language proficiency. Cloze testing is defined and illustrated with four examples, each with a different format. Noise or interference…

  11. Improving Foreign Language Speaking through Formative Assessment

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    Tuttle, Harry Grover; Tuttle, Alan Robert

    2012-01-01

    Want a quick way to get your students happily conversing more in the target language? This practical book shows you how to use formative assessments to gain immediate and lasting improvement in your students' fluency. You'll learn how to: (1) Imbed the 3-minute formative assessment into every lesson with ease; (2) Engage students in peer formative…

  12. Foreign Language Teaching and the Computer.

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    Garrett, Nina, Ed.; Hart, Robert S., Ed.

    1986-01-01

    "Juegos comunicativos," a software program designed for use with the Apple IIe, IIc, or II+, emphasizes "communicative" computer-assisted Spanish language learning through five educational games. The program uses Spanish vocabulary and structures to solve "problems" rather than the standard drill-and-practice format. (CB)

  13. Foreign Accents, Language Acquisition, and Cerebral Dominance

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    Scovel, Tom

    1969-01-01

    Paper presented to the Michigan Linguistic Society, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, October 4, 1969. Theorizes that the nature of the brain, not its nurture, inhibits the ability of a person to master the sound patterns of a second language without an accent. (DS)

  14. Multisensory Instruction in Foreign Language Education.

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    Robles, Teresita del Rosario Caballero; Uglem, Craig Thomas Chase

    This paper reviews some theories that through history have explained the process of learning. It also taps some new findings on how the brain learns. Multisensory instruction is a pedagogic strategy that covers the greatest number of individual preferences in the classroom, language laboratories, and multimedia rooms for a constant and diverse…

  15. Multiple Goal Orientations and Foreign Language Anxiety

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    Koul, Ravinder; Roy, Laura; Kaewkuekool, Sittichai; Ploisawaschai, Suthee

    2009-01-01

    This investigation examines Thai college students' motivational goals for learning the English language. Thai student volunteers (N = 1387) from two types of educational institutions participated in this survey study which combined measures of goal orientations based on two different goal constructs and motivation models. Results of two-step…

  16. Phonetic Training in the Foreign Language Curriculum

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    Burnham, Kevin R.

    2014-01-01

    In this experiment we evaluate phonetic training as a tool for language learning. Specifically, we take a group of native speakers (NS) of English (n=24) currently enrolled in Arabic classes at American universities, and evaluate the effectiveness of a high variability phonetic training program (HVPT) to improve their perception of a difficult…

  17. Phonetic Training in the Foreign Language Curriculum

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    Burnham, Kevin R.

    2014-01-01

    In this experiment we evaluate phonetic training as a tool for language learning. Specifically, we take a group of native speakers (NS) of English (n = 24) currently enrolled in Arabic classes at American universities, and evaluate the effectiveness of a high variability phonetic training program (HVPT) to improve their perception of a difficult…

  18. Foreign Language Projects for the Gifted Student.

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    McKay, Carol L.; McKay, Martin D.

    A language program often provides for the needs of gifted students by extra assignments or independent study. What is needed is a way to provide them with valid projects that do not add significantly to the teacher's work load. One way to do this is to plan lessons on an individual basis for the gifted student and to expand them for use with an…

  19. Role Play and Foreign Language Learning.

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    Maxwell, Christina

    Classroom use of role-playing in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction in Japan is described. The purpose is to improve students' verbal and nonverbal communication skills and to link and use previously built schema, in both structured and improvised situations. Units designed around a short listening passage, a short reading passage, and…

  20. Foreign Language Experience and Color Word Interference.

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    Sisson, Cyrus R.

    If various color names are printed in various color inks, an observer has great difficulty in rapidly naming the ink colors (Stroop Color Word Test) unless the color names and the ink colors are mutually reinforcing, or the color names are unknown to the observer. The latter suggests a partial measure of second-language fluency, the feasibility of…

  1. Multimodal Application for Foreign Language Teaching

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    Magal-Royo, Teresa; Gimenez-Lopez, Jose Luis; Pairy, Blas; Garcia-Laborda, Jesus; Gonzalez-Del Rio, Jimena

    2011-01-01

    The current development of educational applications for language learning has experienced a qualitative change in the criteria of interaction between users and devices due to the technological advances of input and output data through keyboard, mouse, stylus, tactile screen, etc. The multiple interactions generated in a natural way by humans…

  2. VISUAL AIDS HANDBOOK FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS.

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    GARIBALDI, VIRGINIA; STRASHEIM, LORRAINE A.

    TEACHERS ARE SHOWN HOW TO CONSTRUCT AND USE THEIR OWN VISUAL AIDS FOR ILLUSTRATING USEFUL BUT DIFFICULT EXPRESSIONS COMMON TO ALL LANGUAGES. SUCH SPECIFIC AIDS AS PROPS, REALIA, FLASHCARDS, CHARTS, FLANNEL AND MAGNETIC BOARDS, POCKET CHARTS, PUPPETS, DRILL CUING DEVICES, AND CULTURALLY ORIENTED VISUAL AIDS ARE DESCRIBED. LISTS OF PROFESSIONAL…

  3. Foreign Language Workshop on French Culture.

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    Reynolds, Sue, Ed.; And Others

    A compilation of French cultural units for use in secondary school language classes is presented in this text. Units include: (1) "Les mots et leur implication culturelle," (2) "Le telephone--une capsule culturelle," (3) "Le repas," (4) "La femme francaise 1972," (5) "Les Parents," (6) "Religion in France," (7) "La presse francaise," (8) "Les…

  4. Language Learning Disabilities: The Ultimate Foreign Language Challenge

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    DiFino, Sharon M.; Lombardino, Linda J.

    2004-01-01

    In today's world where great value is placed on global understanding, the acquisition of languages is essential. Academics would agree that the study of other languages provides students access to the cultural and intellectual heritage of cultures other than their own. Additionally, such study gives new and different perspectives on the structure…

  5. Random number generation in native and foreign languages.

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    Strenge, Hans; Bohm, Jessica

    2004-06-01

    The effects of different levels of language proficiency on random number generation were examined in this study. 16 healthy right-handed students (7 women, 9 men; aged 22 to 25 years, M=23.8, SD=.83) attempted to generate a random sequence of the digits 1 to 9 at pacing frequencies of 1, 1.5, and 2 Hz. Randomization was done in German (native language L1), English (first foreign language L2), and French (second foreign language L3). There was a pattern of redundancy and seriation tendencies, increasing with speed of generation for all languages (L1-L3). While using L2 and L3, responses slowed and the number of errors committed increased. Further, there was a peculiar pattern of dissociation in nonrandom performance with an increase of habitual counting in ones and a strong reduction of counting in twos. All effects were most pronounced when subjects used L3 and 2-Hz pacing rates. Slowing and nonrandomness was not correlated with self-assessment parameters regarding language proficiency. We suggest that in a task involving number activation in a nonnative language, lack of proficiency will interfere with random number generation, leading to interruptions and rule breaking, at least when reaching the limits of attentional capacity at higher pacing rates. PMID:15291201

  6. Shaping the Future of Foreign Language Education: FLES, Articulation, and Proficiency. Report of Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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    Lalande, John F. II, Ed.

    Selected papers from the 1988 conference on foreign language issues for the future include: "Articulation for Elementary School Foreign Language Programs: Challenges and Opportunities" (Carol Ann Pesola); "Articulation: A Resolvable Problem?" (Dale L. Lange); "Profiles of Frustration: Second Language Learners with Specific Learning Disabilities"…

  7. The Potential Sources of Foreign Language Reading Anxiety in a Jordanian EFL Context: A Theoretical Framework

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    Ahmad, Ismail Sheikh; Al-Shboul, Murad M.; Nordin, Mohamad Sahari; Rahman, Zainurin Abdul; Burhan, Mohd; Madarsha, Kamal Basha

    2013-01-01

    The last decade has witnessed an increasing research trend on foreign language reading anxiety as a skill related to but distinct from foreign language anxiety. However, sources of foreign language reading anxiety have rarely been investigated. Thus, the current study responds to the study by (Saito, Horwitz, & Garza, 1999) and extends the…

  8. Middle School Foreign Language Programs: Excellence for All Students in 2000 and Beyond.

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    McClendon, Lynne

    2000-01-01

    Most states have only a 2-year foreign-language requirement for college-bound students. Two 1999 federal initiatives--the Foreign Language Education Improvement Amendments and the Educational Excellence for All Children Act--provide support for expanding foreign-language education opportunities. Four exemplary Georgia middle-school programs are…

  9. Foreign Language Anxiety in the Classroom and in an Online Environment

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    Baez-Holley, Monica

    2013-01-01

    This study compared the levels of anxiety that students experienced when taking a foreign language in the classroom with those taking a foreign language at a distance. It also aimed to determine if the student's academic performance in the course could be predicted by his or her foreign language anxiety level. The sample consisted of 107…

  10. "Stationenlernen:" A Student-Centered Approach to Working with Foreign Language Texts

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    Redmann, Jennifer

    2005-01-01

    This article describes an approach to working with foreign language texts in the classroom, "Stationenlernen," that takes the ongoing development of students' foreign language literacy as a goal. "Stationenlernen" is a pedagogical method common in German elementary schools and readily adapted to the foreign language classroom. In this…

  11. Foreign Language Education in Primary Schools in the People's Republic of China

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    Li, Minglin

    2007-01-01

    This paper analyses the national policies on foreign language in primary schools in the People's Republic of China (PRC). It begins with a brief introduction to the changes in foreign language education policy and the main motives for those changes in the context of socio-political circumstances. It then examines foreign language education in…

  12. Foreign Language Listening Anxiety and Listening Performance: Conceptualizations and Causal Relationships

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    Zhang, Xian

    2013-01-01

    This study used structural equation modeling to explore the possible causal relations between foreign language (English) listening anxiety and English listening performance. Three hundred participants learning English as a foreign language (FL) completed the foreign language listening anxiety scale (FLLAS) and IELTS test twice with an interval of…

  13. How National Foreign Language Week Promotes Cultural Awareness at a Historically Black University.

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    Farfan-Cobb, Irma; Lassiter, Linda E.

    2003-01-01

    Describes how celebrating National Foreign Language Week has increased cultural awareness and appreciation among students enrolled in foreign language courses at one of the largest historically Black universities in the United States. In addition, more students have expressed an interest in pursuing minors in foreign languages. (Author/VWL)

  14. The Need for Foreign Language Competence in the United States. ERIC Digest.

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    Hamayan, Else

    Americans generally lack foreign language competence, and their exposure to foreign languages in the United States is inadequate. Foreign language instruction is deficient in both quality and quantity, and although there are indications of improvement in both areas, it will be many years before the effects of improvements are clear. The…

  15. Adult Learners' Perceptions of the Significance of Culture in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

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    Brooks-Lewis, Kimberly Anne

    2014-01-01

    Is learning about culture important when learning a foreign language? One would think that after its long history in the field of foreign language teaching this question had been answered with a resounding "yes". However, I saw little evidence of this in the classroom when I returned to the university to learn a foreign language or when…

  16. Is Language a Factor in the Perception of Foreign Accent Syndrome?

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    Jose, Linda; Read, Jennifer; Miller, Nick

    2016-06-01

    Neurogenic foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is diagnosed when listeners perceive speech associated with motor speech impairments as foreign rather than disordered. Speakers with foreign accent syndrome typically have aphasia. It remains unclear how far language changes might contribute to the perception of foreign accent syndrome independent of accent. Judges with and without training in language analysis rated orthographic transcriptions of speech from people with foreign accent syndrome, speech-language disorder and no foreign accent syndrome, foreign accent without neurological impairment and healthy controls on scales of foreignness, normalness and disorderedness. Control speakers were judged as significantly more normal, less disordered and less foreign than other groups. Foreign accent syndrome speakers' transcriptions consistently profiled most closely to those of foreign speakers and significantly different to speakers with speech-language disorder. On normalness and foreignness ratings there were no significant differences between foreign and foreign accent syndrome speakers. For disorderedness, foreign accent syndrome participants fell midway between foreign speakers and those with speech-language impairment only. Slower rate, more hesitations, pauses within and between utterances influenced judgments, delineating control scripts from others. Word-level syntactic and morphological deviations and reduced syntactic and semantic repertoire linked strongly with foreignness perceptions. Greater disordered ratings related to word fragments, poorly intelligible grammatical structures and inappropriate word selection. Language changes influence foreignness perception. Clinical and theoretical issues are addressed. PMID:27363254

  17. Linking Foreign Language to Occupational Education in a Rural High School: Foreign Language with Criminal Justice and Travel & Tourism.

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    Connors, William R.

    Ticonderoga High School (New York) has succeeded in increasing enrollments in foreign language courses beyond the college bound, Regents-level students who usually choose such courses. The school is located in the Adirondack Mountains, a region that, in the past decade, has seen increases both in prison construction and in tourism by…

  18. Language and Content in the Modern Foreign Languages Degree: A Students' Perspective

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    Gieve, Simon; Cunico, Sonia

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports on a small-scale qualitative study of students' experience of their Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) degrees with particular regard to the relationship between language and content learning. It is framed by the identification in the recent Worton Report on MFL studies in UK higher education and elsewhere of a dualism between…

  19. Vocational Languages: Foreign Languages for Vocational Purposes in Further and Higher Education.

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    Hall, John; Bankowska, Anne

    A study of second language instruction for vocational purposes in Scotland is reported. It used case studies to investigate: (1) teaching approaches currently used; (2) assessment of foreign language skills for vocational purposes; (3) evidence of the effectiveness of different teaching approaches; and (4) approaches considered most effective by…

  20. The Effect of Culture Integrated Language Courses on Foreign Language Education

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    Omer, Kocer; Ali, Dincer

    2011-01-01

    When examined carefully, it is seen that there is not an available and detailed curriculum designed for the aim of foreign language teaching with integrated cultural items of the target language in the programs of the schools under authority of the Ministry of Education and Turkish higher education institutions. In recent years, the specialists…

  1. Relationships among Second Language Proficiency, Foreign Language Aptitude, and Intelligence: A Protocol Analysis.

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    Sasaki, Miyuki

    1993-01-01

    In a supplement to Sasaki's 1993 study, six of the same participants took different types of second-language proficiency (SLP) tests, a foreign language aptitude battery, and an intelligence test. Results revealed differences in information processing between the high and low SLP groups. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/LB)

  2. Relationships among Second Language Proficiency, Foreign Language Aptitude, and Intelligence: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach.

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    Sasaki, Miyuki

    1993-01-01

    Investigates relationships among measures of second-language proficiency (SLP), foreign-language aptitude, verbal intelligence and reasoning in 160 Japanese college students studying English. The factor analysis of several different SLP test scores was examined, and the relationship between a general SLP factor and a hypothetical general cognitive…

  3. 77 FR 62223 - Board of Visitors Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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    ... Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Date: October 31, 2012 and November 1, 2012. Time of Meeting: Approximately 7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Please allow extra time for gate security for both days. Location... items of interest to DLIFLC and have time to compile observations. Public's Accessibility to the...

  4. Speaking Spontaneously in the Modern Foreign Languages Classroom: Tools for Supporting Successful Target Language Conversation

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    Christie, Colin

    2016-01-01

    This article reports on the findings of a study into the conditions which promote spontaneous learner talk in the target language in the modern foreign languages (MFL) classroom. A qualitative case study approach was adopted. French lessons, with school students aged 11-16 years old, were observed and analysed with the aim of identifying tools and…

  5. Border Crossings? Exploring the Intersection of Second Language Acquisition, Conversation Analysis, and Foreign Language Pedagogy

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    Mori, Junko

    2007-01-01

    This article explores recent changes in the landscape of second language acquisition (SLA) and foreign language pedagogical (FLP) research. Firth and Wagner's (1997) proposal for the reconceptualization of SLA has been supported by SLA and FLP researchers who share the sentiment concerning the need for increased attention to social and contextual…

  6. Determining Exemptions from Foreign Language Requirements: Use of the Modern Language Aptitude Test.

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    Goodman, Joan F.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    The short form of the Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) was administered to 587 university students, and scores were validated against final first and second semester grades in introductory foreign language classes for 529 and 365 students, respectively. The MLAT failed to distinguish good from poor students. (TJH)

  7. 76 FR 776 - Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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  8. Writing across Languages. Advances in Foreign and Second Language Pedagogy Series. Volume 1.

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    Brauer, Gerd, Ed.

    This book contains articles from Europe and North America that focus on writing instruction in Danish, French, Italian, German, and English as foreign or second languages at all levels of instruction. The aim of this volume is mainly to encourage an understanding of an expanded function of writing in the field of language education, in theoretical…

  9. Native Language Effects on Spelling in English as a Foreign Language: A Time-Course Analysis

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    Dich, Nadya; Pedersen, Bo

    2013-01-01

    The study explores first language (L1) influences on the mechanisms of spelling in English as a foreign language (EFL). We hypothesized that the transparency of L1 orthography influences (a) the amount of hesitation associated with spelling irregular English words, and (b) the size of units EFL spellers operate. Participants were adult speakers of…

  10. Machine Translation in Foreign Language Learning: Language Learners' and Tutors' Perceptions of Its Advantages and Disadvantages

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    Nino, Ana

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a snapshot of what has been investigated in terms of the relationship between machine translation (MT) and foreign language (FL) teaching and learning. For this purpose four different roles of MT in the language class have been identified: MT as a bad model, MT as a good model, MT as a vocational training tool (especially in…

  11. An Exploration of Planning for English-as-Foreign-Language (EFL) Academic Language Development

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    Walker, Elizabeth

    2012-01-01

    This paper arises from a concern that in English-as-foreign-language (EFL) curricula there are apparently unsystematic and linguistically under-theorized approaches to language development. The paper explores EFL unit plans across upper primary and lower secondary schooling, in a context where secondary school graduates need English mainly for…

  12. Teachers' Uses of the Target and First Languages in Second and Foreign Language Classrooms.

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    Turnball, Miles; Arnett, Katy

    2002-01-01

    Reviews recent theoretical and empirical literature regarding teachers' uses of the target (TL) and first languages (L1) in second and foreign language classrooms. Explores several issues related to teachers' use of the L1 and the TL in the classroom; exposure to TL input, student motivation, cognitive considerations, code switching, and…

  13. 76 FR 45543 - Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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    ... Register on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 (76 FR 39076) has been cancelled. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr... Department of the Army Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center AGENCY: Department of the Army, DOD. ACTION: Notice; cancellation. SUMMARY: The Board of Visitors, Defense...

  14. Skype Videoconferencing for Less Commonly Taught Languages: Examining the Effects on Students' Foreign Language Anxiety

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    Terantino, Joe

    2014-01-01

    This study compared students' foreign language anxiety levels while completing oral assessments administered face-to-face (F2F) and via Skype videoconferencing for university courses delivered under the self-instructional language program (SILP) model (Dunkel, Brill, & Kohl, 2002). Data were gathered by administering a modified Foreign…

  15. What Can Computer Assisted Language Learning Contribute to Foreign Language Pedagogy?

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    Bangs, Paul; Gomez, Pascual Cantos

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this paper is twofold. On one hand, to shed new light on the uneasy relationship of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) with foreign language (FL) pedagogy in the past and on the other, to explore the possible contribution of CALL to FL pedagogy. The first part of this research starts with a brief description of the first CALL…

  16. The Emotional Impact of Being Myself: Emotions and Foreign-Language Processing

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    Ivaz, Lela; Costa, Albert; Duñabeitia, Jon Andoni

    2016-01-01

    Native languages are acquired in emotionally rich contexts, whereas foreign languages are typically acquired in emotionally neutral academic environments. As a consequence of this difference, it has been suggested that bilinguals' emotional reactivity in foreign-language contexts is reduced as compared with native language contexts. In the current…

  17. The Missing Link in Vision and Governance: Foreign Language Acquisition Research.

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    Kramsch, Claire J.

    1987-01-01

    Foreign language acquisition research (concerned with the theoretical and practical issues related to socialization into and literacy in another language and culture) can help integrate language, literature, and culture in foreign language departments because it draws on insights gained from such diverse fields as anthropology, sociology,…

  18. Modern Foreign Languages in the Elementary School: Teaching Techniques. Bulletin, 1960, No. 29. OE-27007

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    Keesee, Elizabeth

    1960-01-01

    The growing practice of beginning instruction in a modern foreign language in the elementary school has created a need for many classroom teachers to become oriented to a whole new field of foreign-language teaching methodology and materials. Since teachers tend to think of language instruction in terms of the English-language arts, the language…

  19. The Foreign Language Requirement in Colleges and Universities: A Bibliography with Abstracts.

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    Svobodny, Dolly D., Comp.

    The 264 abstracts in this compilation describe opinions and realities of the foreign language requirement in American colleges and universities. Included are surveys and statistical data on language enrollments; arguments for and against the study of foreign languages; the relationship of second language acquisition to the national interest;…

  20. Modern Foreign Languages in High School: The Language Laboratory.

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    Hutchinson, Joseph C.

    The high school language laboratory is approached from the standpoint of (1) planning for the laboratory facilities, (2) the function of equipment in relation to student learning activities, and (3) operation of the laboratory facilities. Considered in the section on planning are laboratory rationale, place in the school program, methods and…

  1. Innocents Abroad: Foreign Language Learning and Use of the Overseas Community

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    Luce, Louise Fiber

    1976-01-01

    Suggestions are made for the direction by language teachers of time spent abroad by language students. Techniques are described which capitalize on the foreign setting as a means of language learning. (RM)

  2. A Critical Appraisal of Foreign Language Research in Content and Language Integrated Learning, Young Language Learners, and Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Published in Spain (2003-2012)

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    Dooly, Melinda; Masats, Dolors

    2015-01-01

    This state-of-the-art review provides a critical overview of research publications in Spain in the last ten years in three areas of teaching and learning foreign languages (especially English): context and language integrated learning (CLIL), young language learners (YLL), and technology-enhanced language learning (TELL). These three domains have…

  3. "Foreign Language Activities" in Japanese Elementary Schools: Negotiating Teacher Roles and Identities within a New Language Education Policy

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    Horii, Sachiko Yokoi

    2012-01-01

    In 2008, a new language education policy called "Gaikokugo Katsudou" [Foreign Language Activities] was issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. Effective 2011, foreign language education became mandatory in all Japanese public elementary schools for the first time. With this dramatic…

  4. Perceptions about the Dominance of English as a Global Language: Impact on Foreign-Language Teachers' Professional Identity

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    Gayton, Angela Mary

    2016-01-01

    Using a novel theoretical framework that incorporates teacher identity, a school as community of practice, and English as a global language from a linguistic-imperialism perspective, this qualitative interview study with foreign-language teachers in Scotland, France, and Germany (N = 13) explores connections between foreign-language-learning…

  5. When Language Experience Fails to Explain Word Reading Development: Early Cognitive and Linguistic Profiles of Young Foreign Language Learners

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    Hu, Chieh-Fang; Schuele, C. Melanie

    2015-01-01

    Although language experience is a key factor in successful foreign language (FL) learning, many FL learners fail to achieve performance levels that were predicted on the basis of their FL experience. This retrospective study investigated early cognitive and linguistic correlates of learning English as a foreign language (FL) in a group of…

  6. Foreign Language Teachers' Professional Development in Information Age

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    Fan, Xiying; Wu, Gang

    Cultivation of students' learning autonomy has raised new challenges to teachers' professional development, dynamic, continuous, lifelong full-scale development, with emphasis on the creativity and constancy of the teachers' quality development. The teachers' professional development can take the following approaches: studying theories about foreign language teaching with the aid of modern information technology; organizing online teaching research activities supported by information technology and carrying peer observation and dialogue -teaching reflection in internet environment and fostering scholarly teachers.

  7. The First Language in the Foreign Language Classroom: Teacher Model and Student Language Use--An Exploratory Study

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    Chavez, Monika

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates how three teachers differed in the amount of first language (L1; here, English) they used during teacher-led instruction in a foreign language (FL; here, German) class and whether differences in the three teachers' L1 were associated with similar differences in their respective students' L1 use, both during teacher-led…

  8. Using Radio to Develop and Maintain Competence in a Foreign Language. ERIC Focus Reports on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Number 11.

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    Nelson, Robert J.

    Both the potential and the limitations of radio for foreign language instruction are described, as well as its relevance for students of different proficiency levels. The author's personal experiences serve as the basis for recommendation of a six-band, shortwave, quality reception table and a listing of foreign language shortwave broadcasts…

  9. Foreign Language Learning: Research and Development: An Assessment. Reports of the Working Committees of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 1968.

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    Bird, Thomas E., Ed.

    Included in this volume are the reports on foreign language research and development produced by the three working committees of the fifteenth annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Discussions of (1) the Indiana and Washington State programs, (2) "Artes Latinae," a complete project of programed learning materials for…

  10. Foreign Language Anxiety: Understanding Its Status and Insiders' Awareness and Attitudes

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    Trang, Tran Thi Thu; Baldauf, Richard B., Jr.; Moni, Karen

    2013-01-01

    Foreign language anxiety (FLA) has been found to exist in all of the cultures where it has been studied, yet the literature provides limited empirical evidence to indicate whether foreign language students and teachers, as the direct stakeholders in the phenomenon, are aware of it. This study investigated the extent to which foreign language…

  11. The Perception of and Motivation for Foreign Language Learning in Pre-School

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    Brumen, Mihaela

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate how children aged 4-6 perceive and are motivated by foreign language learning in kindergarten. The central part of the paper focuses on the tendencies and guidelines for the teaching and learning of foreign languages at the pre-school level and on children's motivation for foreign language…

  12. Foreign Languages: Human Capital Approach Needed To Correct Staffing and Proficiency Shortfalls. Report to Congressional Requesters.

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    Christoff, Joseph A.

    This report examines the use of foreign language skills within the Army, Department of State, Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, discussing the nature and impact of foreign language shortages, strategies for addressing these shortages, and efforts to address current and projected shortages.…

  13. The contribution of working memory capacity to foreign language comprehension in children.

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    Andersson, Ulf

    2010-05-01

    The present study examined the contribution of working memory processes in children's foreign language processing of sentences and short stories. A total of 95 children were given measures of working memory when 9-10 years old. One to two years later at ages 11-12, tasks tapping foreign language literal comprehension (English) and native language inferential comprehension (Swedish) were administered. Regression and correlation analyses demonstrated that both central executive and phonological loop processes predicted foreign language comprehension, whereas central executive processes but not phonological loop processes predicted native language reading comprehension. These findings show that children's foreign language processing is supported by their working memory capacity tested in their native language. Some of these working memory resources appear to be unique for foreign language. The strong association between native language and foreign language processing suggests that an important factor in becoming proficient in foreign language is the child's general language aptitude. Possible mechanisms for the contribution of working memory to children's foreign language comprehension are discussed.

  14. Identity processing styles and language proficiency among Persian learners of English as a foreign language.

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    Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah; Neissi, Sina

    2010-12-01

    The relationship between identity processing styles and language proficiency in English as foreign language (EFL) was investigated among the Persian EFL learners. 266 Persian candidates taking part in a Ph.D. examination at Shiraz University took part. The Language Proficiency Test was used to measure language proficiency in English. The Identity Styles Inventory was used to measure normative, informational, and diffuse-avoidant identity processing styles. Relationships between normative and informational styles and language proficiency and its subscales (grammar, vocabulary, and reading) were positive and significant. Negative relationships between diffuse-avoidant style and language proficiency and its subscales (grammar, vocabulary, and reading) were observed. There were significant sex differences for diffuse-avoidant style and for vocabulary.

  15. The Use of Textual Memorisation in Foreign Language Learning: Hearing the Chinese Learner and Teacher Voice

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    Yu, Xia

    2014-01-01

    Textual memorisation is a widely used yet underexplored language practice in foreign language teaching and learning in China. The research addresses the need for a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the practices and beliefs of Chinese learners regarding the use of textual memorisation in foreign language learning. This article reports on…

  16. Recognizing Visual and Auditory Cues in the Detection of Foreign-Language Anxiety

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    Gregersen, Tammy

    2009-01-01

    This study examines whether nonverbal visual and/or auditory channels are more effective in detecting foreign-language anxiety. Recent research suggests that language teachers are often able to successfully decode the nonverbal behaviors indicative of foreign-language anxiety; however, relatively little is known about whether visual and/or…

  17. The Development of Writing in English and Spanish as Foreign Languages

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    de Haan, Pieter; van Esch, Kees

    2005-01-01

    This article presents the first results of the study of argumentative essays in English as a foreign language and in Spanish as a foreign language and as a native language, carried out at Radboud University Nijmegen (formerly the University of Nijmegen) between 2002 and 2008. The aim of the project is to compare teachers' holistic assessments with…

  18. Assessing a Foreign Language Program Through Proper Use of Standardized Tests.

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    Bockman, John F.

    This talk delivered at the 1967 annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages examines a statistically-oriented assessment of the foreign language program at Tucson, Arizona. The text includes reprints of 25 transparencies used, largely drawn from the results of two groups of tests: (1) the Modern Language Association…

  19. (Re)placing Literary Texts in the Intercultural Foreign Language Classroom

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    Matos, Ana Gonçalves

    2011-01-01

    In the history of language teaching, literary texts have gradually been reduced to a source for linguistic learning, as an informative representation of cultural traits or even dismissed from the foreign language classroom. This paper aims to add reasons that justify considering literary texts a vital presence in the foreign language classroom.…

  20. Examination of the Relationship between Autonomy and English Achievement as Mediated by Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety

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    Ghorbandordinejad, Farhad; Ahmadabad, Roghayyeh Moradian

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the relationship between autonomy and English language achievement among third-grade high school students as mediated by foreign language classroom anxiety in a city in the north-west of Iran. A sample of 400 students (187 males, and 213 females) was assessed for their levels of autonomy and foreign language anxiety using…

  1. Meeting the Needs of Foreign Language Teaching Assistants: Professional Development in American Universities

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    Angus, Katie

    2014-01-01

    In our post-9/11 globalized society, the bifurcated governance structure that has traditionally dominated foreign language (FL) departments is no longer desirable. According to the 2007 Modern Language Association (MLA) report entitled "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World," these departments need to…

  2. Three A's: How Do Attributions, Attitudes, and Aptitude Contribute to Foreign Language Learning?

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    Cochran, Jeff L.; McCallum, R. Steve; Bell, Sherry Mee

    2010-01-01

    The researchers investigated attributions for success, attitudes, and aptitudes for native language learning and foreign language learning success for 648 students enrolled in 100-level university foreign language courses (Spanish, French, and German). We examined relationships via correlational analyses and used structural equation modeling to…

  3. Europe versus Asia: Foreign Language Education Other than English in Japan's Higher Education

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    Kobayashi, Yoko

    2013-01-01

    The era of Asia has been felt in foreign language education in Japan, with more and more youth reportedly opting to study Chinese and Korean as the second foreign language. The shift in popularity, from European to Asian languages, not only reflects the societal demand for the institutional rearrangement of academic staff but also stirs teachers…

  4. Neural Correlates of Foreign-Language Learning in Childhood: A 3-Year Longitudinal ERP Study

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    Ojima, Shiro; Nakamura, Naoko; Matsuba-Kurita, Hiroko; Hoshino, Takahiro; Hagiwara, Hiroko

    2011-01-01

    A foreign language (a language not spoken in one's community) is difficult to master completely. Early introduction of foreign-language (FL) education during childhood is becoming a standard in many countries. However, the neural process of child FL learning still remains largely unknown. We longitudinally followed 322 school-age children with…

  5. Children's Foreign Language Anxiety Scale: Preliminary Tests of Reliability and Validity

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    Aydin, Selami; Harputlu, Leyla; Güzel, Serhat; Ustuk, Özgehan; Savran Çelik, Seyda; Genç, Deniz

    2016-01-01

    Foreign language anxiety (FLA), which constitutes a serious problem in the foreign language learning process, has been mainly seen as a research issue regarding adult language learners, while it has been overlooked in children. This is because there is no an appropriate tool to measure FLA among children, whereas there are many studies on the…

  6. Simultaneous Learning of Two Foreign Languages, English and French, by Adult Persian-Speaking Learners

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    Rahmatian, Rouhollah; Farshadjou, Mahdieh

    2013-01-01

    In today's world, a good command of more than two foreign languages is a commonplace necessity. However, this is not the case for the majority of language learners in Iran. The foreign languages which could be of any avail to them are neither close to Persian nor have any daily social usage. The present research aims at promoting this linguistic…

  7. Breaking the Code of Silence: A Study of Teachers' Nonverbal Decoding Accuracy of Foreign Language Anxiety

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    Gregersen, Tammy

    2007-01-01

    This study examined teachers' accuracy in decoding nonverbal behaviour indicative of foreign language anxiety. Teachers and teacher trainees twice observed a videotape without sound of seven beginning French foreign language students as they participated in an oral exam; four of these students were defined as anxious language learners by the…

  8. The Professional Development of Future Professors of Foreign Languages: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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    Allen, Heather Willis; Negueruela-Azarola, Eduardo

    2010-01-01

    Although the professional development of graduate students in foreign language (FL) departments is of critical importance, discussion of its significance and evolution was all but absent in the 2007 Modern Language Association report "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World," a document advocating curricular and…

  9. Learners' Perceptions of Their Experiences of Learning Subject Content through a Foreign Language

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    Hunt, Marilyn

    2011-01-01

    Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL, the teaching of another curriculum subject through a foreign language), although more widespread in Europe, is still relatively innovative in England. Since the government's decision to remove the requirement for all pupils to learn a foreign language at Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16) the numbers of pupils…

  10. MLA Report on Foreign-Language Education Continues to Provoke Debate

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    Wasley, Paula

    2008-01-01

    This article reports that, nearly one year after its release, the report on foreign language and higher education issued by an ad hoc committee of the Modern Language Association (MLA) is still provoking discussion about reforms in the teaching of foreign languages and the role of the association in any revamp. The debate continued at a panel held…

  11. Changes in Affective Profiles of Postsecondary Students in Lower-Level Foreign Language Classes

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    Kondo-Brown, Kimi

    2013-01-01

    Recent surveys and research on second language (L2)/foreign language acquisition help explain the challenges that postsecondary students in lower-level foreign language (FL) courses may experience. The present study extends this line of research by examining changes in students' affective profiles in a two-year Japanese program (n = 382) at an…

  12. The Effective Audio-Visual Program in Foreign Language and Literature Studies.

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    Lawton, Ben

    Foreign language teachers should exploit the American affinity for television and movies by using foreign language feature films and shorts in the classroom. Social and political history and literary trends illustrated in the films may be discussed and absorbed along with the language. The author teaches such a course in the Department of Italian…

  13. The Impact of Adventure Video Games on Foreign Language Learning and the Perceptions of Learners

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    Chen, Hao-Jan Howard; Yang, Ting-Yu Christine

    2013-01-01

    Several researchers have highlighted the potential of applying adventure video games in second language acquisition; however, few studies have investigated the impact of adventure games on foreign language learning. This study aimed to examine the effects of a commercial adventure video game on foreign language learning and learners'…

  14. Usability of English Note-Taking Applications in a Foreign Language Learning Context

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    Roy, Debopriyo; Brine, John; Murasawa, Fuyuki

    2016-01-01

    The act of note-taking offloads cognitive pressure and note-taking applications could be used as an important tool for foreign language acquisition. Its use, importance, and efficacy in a foreign language learning context could be justifiably debated. However, existing computer-assisted language learning literature is almost silent on the topic.…

  15. 16 CFR 14.9 - Requirements concerning clear and conspicuous disclosures in foreign language advertising and...

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    2011-01-01

    ... conspicuous disclosures in foreign language advertising and sales materials. 14.9 Section 14.9 Commercial... and conspicuous disclosures in foreign language advertising and sales materials. The Federal Trade... language-speaking consumers. As part of this special effort, advertisements, brochures and sales...

  16. Affective Factors in Korean as a Foreign Language: Anxiety and Beliefs

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    Jee, Min Jung

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated changes in levels of anxiety about learning a foreign language (FL) and in the language beliefs of first-year Korean-as-a-foreign-language (KFL) students in a US university throughout a year. Twelve students who enrolled in both of the two semesters of the first-year Korean I and II classes participated in this study. The…

  17. 16 CFR 14.9 - Requirements concerning clear and conspicuous disclosures in foreign language advertising and...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... conspicuous disclosures in foreign language advertising and sales materials. 14.9 Section 14.9 Commercial... and conspicuous disclosures in foreign language advertising and sales materials. The Federal Trade... language-speaking consumers. As part of this special effort, advertisements, brochures and sales...

  18. The Oral Language Archive (OLA): A Digital Audio Database for Foreign Language Study.

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    Jones, Christopher M.

    1996-01-01

    Describes a project to create a centralized database of digitized sound accessible from distributed personal computers for the study of foreign languages. The system is also comprised of the tools to manage and distribute the sounds, a combination constituting a unique attempt to provide a universal structure to describe, categorize, and listen to…

  19. Advanced Foreign Language Learning: A Challenge to College Programs. Issues in Language Program Direction.

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    Byrnes, Heidi, Ed.; Maxim, Hiram H., Ed.

    This book includes the following chapters: "Literacy and Advanced Foreign Language Learning: Rethinking he Curriculum" (Richard G. Kern); "A Template for Advanced Learner Tasks: Staging Genre Reading and Cultural Literacy Through the Precis" (Janet Swaffar); "Fostering Advanced L2 Literacy: A Genre-Based, Cognitive Approach" (Heidi Byrnes,…

  20. A Comparative Analysis Between the Teaching of a Native Language and a Foreign Language Literature.

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    Sharpe, Sarah Ellen

    This comparative study deals specifically with the teachings of literature to Spanish and English classes in secondary schools. It is designed to assist foreign language teachers develop skills in the preparation of instructional materials and improve their teaching methods. Four chapters include: (1) definition and relevance of literature, (2)…

  1. How Does Short-Term Foreign Language Immersion Stimulate Language Learning?

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    Savage, Baron L.; Hughes, Haning Z.

    2014-01-01

    The events of September 11, 2001, shocked the nation and forced the United States government to acknowledge its tremendously inadequate capability in foreign language proficiency and global cultural awareness. Post 9/11 military operations reinforced the reality that the Department of Defense (DoD) needs a significantly improved capability in…

  2. Formulating "Principles of Procedure" for the Foreign Language Classroom: A Framework for Process Model Language Curricula

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    Villacañas de Castro, Luis S.

    2016-01-01

    This article aims to apply Stenhouse's process model of curriculum to foreign language (FL) education, a model which is characterized by enacting "principles of procedure" which are specific to the discipline which the school subject belongs to. Rather than to replace or dissolve current approaches to FL teaching and curriculum…

  3. English as a Foreign Language Instructors' Induction: Early Practices of Language Teachers Teaching at Tertiary Level

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    Ozturk, Mustafa; Yildirim, Ali

    2012-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate the nature of the induction process of English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers teaching at tertiary level through individual interviews. In order to gather intended data, fifteen novice instructors teaching at four different public universities in Ankara were interviewed on a basis of two criteria: (a) having 1…

  4. CALLing All Foreign Language Teachers: Computer-Assisted Language Learning in the Classroom

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    Erben, Tony, Ed.; Sarieva, Iona, Ed.

    2008-01-01

    This book is a comprehensive guide to help foreign language teachers use technology in their classrooms. It offers the best ways to integrate technology into teaching for student-centered learning. CALL Activities include: Email; Building a Web site; Using search engines; Powerpoint; Desktop publishing; Creating sound files; iMovie; Internet chat;…

  5. Language Switching--but Not Foreign Language Use Per Se--Reduces the Framing Effect

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    Oganian, Y.; Korn, C. W.; Heekeren, H. R.

    2016-01-01

    Recent studies reported reductions of well-established biases in decision making under risk, such as the framing effect, during foreign language (FL) use. These modulations were attributed to the use of FL itself, which putatively entails an increase in emotional distance. A reduced framing effect in this setting, however, might also result from…

  6. Body and Language: Intercultural Learning through Drama. Advances in Foreign and Second Language Pedagogy.

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    Brauer, Gerd, Ed.

    This third volume in a series provides an introduction to the use of drama in the foreign and second language classroom, highlighting the bridging character of drama-based teaching for intercultural learning. Twelve chapters include: (1) "Understanding Drama-Based Education" (Betty Jane Wagner); (2) "Intercultural Recognitions through Performative…

  7. Spanish Only for Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES): Competing Discourses in Local Language Policy

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    Kubota, Ryuko; Catlett, Shawna

    2008-01-01

    Teaching Spanish has become increasingly popular in the United States due to demographic shifts. This study focuses on a Spanish-only initiative for an existing Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program proposed by a southeastern public school district's school board. It analyzes discourses underlying the policymakers' rationales…

  8. Basic Foreign Language Textbooks for Ten Languages Taught in California Public Secondary Schools.

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    Dusel, John P., Comp.

    This report on foreign language textbooks used in junior and senior high schools in California during the 1968-69 school year tabulates data by classification of students and schools. A complete breakdown of all textbook titles for classes in Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Portuguese is provided. Only the major textbooks used in French, German,…

  9. Relationship of Foreign Language Proficiency to Study Abroad Outcomes and Inputs

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    Savicki, Victor

    2011-01-01

    Foreign language proficiency and learning are crucial parts of many study abroad programs; especially those whose host culture language is different than that of the native language of students electing to study in them. Indeed, how a program organizes itself regarding pre-departure language proficiency requirements, on site language learning, and…

  10. An Experiment in Improving Achievement in Foreign Language Through Learning of Selected Skills Associated with Language Aptitude. Final Report.

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    Politzer, Robert L.; Weiss, Louis

    This two-phase experiment was conducted to determine: (1) whether foreign language aptitude as measured by standard aptitude tests (Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery, Carroll-Sapon Modern Language Aptitude Test) can be significantly increased by training, and (2) whether increases in language aptitude so obtained would result in better language…

  11. Heritage Language Learners in First-Year Foreign Language Courses: A Report of General Data across Learner Subtypes

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    Reynolds, Rachel R.; Howard, Kathryn M.; Deak, Julia

    2009-01-01

    This article reports on a survey of language study motivations for first-year language learners at two large private East Coast American universities. Surveys were completed by 401 students in courses for 19 different foreign languages. Forty percent of respondents were designated as heritage language learners (HLLs), and they were divided into…

  12. Post-Secondary Foreign Language Teachers' Belief Systems about Language Teaching/Learning and Technology/Teaching with Technology

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    Oda, Kazue

    2011-01-01

    While many studies have demonstrated the advantages of using computer technology in foreign language classrooms, many post-secondary foreign language (FL) teachers still remain reluctant to use technology in instruction. Even when teachers do use technology, critiques have indicated that it is oftentimes used merely to replicate traditional…

  13. Foreign Language in the Elementary School: The State of the Art. Language in Education: Theory and Practice 62.

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    Schinke-Llano, Linda

    This state-of-the-art review explores types of foreign language (FL) programs, the rationale for early FL study, research evidence, program development, evaluation issues, and areas for further development. Chapter 1 outlines the various types of early FL programs that have been implemented, such as foreign language experience (FLEX) programs,…

  14. PR Prototypes: A Guidebook for Promoting Foreign Language Study to the Public. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 40.

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    Royer, Rosanne Gostovich, Comp.; McKim, Lester W., Comp.

    This report offers help to teachers, teacher trainees, students, and local foreign language professional organizations in moving out of their traditional environments and into the community where they may identify natural constituencies and develop public support for foreign language programs. The first section presents an outline for a six-part…

  15. Foreign Language Learning of Students with Language Learning Disabilities: An Activity Theory Perspective of Three Middle School Students

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    Hendry, Heather Jean

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to contribute to the existing literature on the foreign language learning of students with LLDs by conducting a comprehensive investigation of the performance of three students in middle school foreign language classes in a suburban school district in southwestern Pennsylvania. More specifically, this study documents…

  16. Introduction to Foreign Languages and Cultures: A New Course to Stimulate Second Language Learning in the Public Schools.

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    Watkins, Stephen A.

    1978-01-01

    Olympic View Middle School has established a program designed to stimulate interest in foreign languages and cultures. The course is intended as an introduction to foreign language and culture study, and is required for all 7th and 8th grade students. Program 1 of the course is taught during one semester of 7th grade, Program 2 during one semester…

  17. Should the Modern Language Aptitude Test Be Used to Determine Course Substitutions for and Waivers of the Foreign Language Requirement?

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    Sparks, Richard L.; Javorsky, James; Ganschow, Leonore

    2005-01-01

    Colleges and universities often permit students classified as learning disabled (LD) and other students not classified as LD to substitute courses for or waive the foreign language requirement. The Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) has become an increasingly popular assessment tool to determine which students can or cannot pass foreign language…

  18. Summary of Dr. John B. Carroll's "The Foreign Language Attainments of Language Majors in the Senior Year."

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    This report summarizes a study published in 1967 by Harvard University which assessed foreign language proficiency of U.S. college seniors majoring in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian. The measures used were the following: the MLA Foreign Language Proficiency Tests (Form A): Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing; the Modern…

  19. Listening as a Method of Learning a Foreign Language at the Non-Language Faculty of the University

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    Kondrateva, Irina G.; Safina, Minnisa S.; Valeev, Agzam A.

    2016-01-01

    Learning a foreign language is becoming an increasingly important with Russia's integration into the world community. In this regard, increased requirements for the educational process and the development of new innovative teaching methods meet the requirements of the time. One of the important aspects of learning a foreign language is listening…

  20. Foreign Language Assessment in Grades K-8: An Annotated Bibliography of Assessment Instruments. Language in Education: Theory and Practice 90.

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    Thompson, Lynn, Comp.

    The annotated bibliography describes foreign language assessment instruments currently used in elementary and middle schools. The instruments are drawn from a wide variety of program models: Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES), middle school sequential instruction, and immersion (total, two-way, partial). The bibliography has six…