ERIC Number: ED454744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Foreign Language Students' Perceptions of Instructional Techniques That Promote Language Learning.
Clark-Ridgway, Angelia J.
The purpose of this study is to examine student perceptions of instructional techniques that promote language learning. The intent was to inform practice for current and future foreign language teachers. Eight major themes emerged from interviews with numerous advanced level foreign students from throughout central Indiana. These themes include the following: initial language learning, instructional games, classroom atmosphere, class camaraderie, spoken and written language, and assessment and cultural understanding. It was found that students are motivated to learn foreign languages through inclusion in ancillary activities, when provided with activities where interaction with the second language occurs, and are provided with structure, meaningful context, and a comfortable classroom environment. The dissertation includes an overview; a literature review; an explanation of the context, methodology, and modes of analysis of the research; an analysis of the data; a catalogue of instructional techniques that promote language learning; and a summary, discussion, and recommendations. An appendix contains a copy of the permission slip used to obtain the cooperation for the study of minors. (Contains 27 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana State University.