ERIC Number: EJ1082988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Increasing Language Awareness and Self-Efficacy of FL Students Using Self-Assessment and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
Kissling, Elizabeth M.; O'Donnell, Mary E.
Language Awareness, v24 n4 p283-302 2015
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 learners to develop an understanding of what constitutes oral proficiency, gauge their own progress, and set personal goals. Learners' self-analysis narratives suggested they began to notice different aspects of their speech and to better articulate their abilities and limitations. Broadly speaking, the results suggest that self-assessment of oral performance guided by the Proficiency Guidelines is an effective way to increase FL students' language awareness and self-efficacy. Pedagogical implications and limitations to this approach are discussed.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Metalinguistics, Oral Language, Advanced Students, Conversational Language Courses, College Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Guidelines, Student Attitudes, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teaching Methods, Spanish, Language Fluency, Translation, Grammar, Pronunciation, Qualitative Research
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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