ERIC Number: ED270994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Miracle Happens "Over There": Tracing the Development of Productive Skills of Two Study Abroad Students.
The changes in written and spoken Spanish proficiency of two college students during a semester of study in Spain are examined in their oral and written performance and in their grades at a Spanish university. Both students were initially rated, according to American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines, at Intermediate Mid in oral proficiency interviews, and on returning to the United States they were rated Intermediate High/Advanced and Advanced Plus. One student had also overcome lifelong timidity and a dislike of interviews. Letters written at regular intervals to a teacher in the United States, when examined according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines, showed increased creativity and naturalness and reduced errors; the language proficiency in the last letters was rated Advanced Plus. The grades and comments received by both students on their Spanish university transcripts were high. It is concluded that the students were highly motivated during their study abroad and did course work superior to what they would normally do at home. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (18th, Milwaukee, WI, April 3-5, 1986).