ERIC Number: ED518852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Student Perceptions of Oral Participation in the Foreign Language Classroom
Tepfenhart, Karen L.
This study attempts to determine which factors students find most influential in their oral participation in a foreign language class and their thoughts on what actions the teacher should take to encourage more oral participation in class. Participants were 38 students in Spanish 1 and 2 at a rural middle school and high school. Students completed a ten question survey about their Spanish class with emphasis on their perceptions of oral participation. The questionnaire used (Appendix I) consisted of 10 questions related to students' perceptions of their foreign language class and their thoughts on the amount of their personal oral participation in the class. In addition, they were asked if they enjoyed speaking in the Spanish classroom, if they felt that the amount of their oral participation was sufficient to develop proficiency in the language, and their opinion on what the teacher could specifically do to encourage them to speak more in the class. Results showed that the most positive influences on oral participation in class were fun, recognition and a positive classroom environment. Barriers to oral participation in a foreign language class included student self-consciousness and low self-efficacy. In order to encourage all students to participate orally in foreign language class, teachers need to create a safe and fun environment. Appended are: (1) Student Questionnaire; (2) Letter Requesting School District Permission; (3) Permission from Parents; and (4) Student Informed Consent Letter. (Contains 4 tables).
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Second Languages, Measures (Individuals), Classroom Environment, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Student Surveys, Questionnaires, High School Students, Middle School Students, Language Proficiency, Barriers, Recognition (Achievement), Student Motivation, Oral Language, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York