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ERIC Number: ED412765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
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Improving Student Oral Proficiency in Foreign Language through the Increased Use and Assessment of Oral Activities.
Williams, Kelly; Sharp, Laura
A program designed to improve the oral second language skills of high school students in second-year Spanish is reported. Initial analysis attributed the students' low level of oral Spanish skills to lack of motivation and insufficient practice of oral language. Three major interventions were implemented: incorporation of more oral practice of Spanish and less use of English in the classroom; teaching and required use of Spanish phrases to limit the need for English use in the classroom; active discouragement of English use during specific class times; class activities to develop meaningful communication skills; active encouragement of informal Spanish use during specific class times; increased informal and formal assessment of oral Spanish skills; and incorporation of topics supporting student self-expression. Results suggests that the classroom procedures, supplemental oral activities, and assessment efforts reduced the amount of English used in the classroom and increased oral Spanish proficiency levels. Appended materials include a teacher survey, testing materials, and classroom procedures and activities. (Contains 17 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.