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ERIC Number: EJ1091132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Meaningful and Purposeful Practice
Clementi, Donna
Learning Languages, v19 n2 p8-11 Spr-Sum 2014
This article describes a graphic, designed by Clementi and Terrill, the authors of "Keys to Planning for Learning" (2013), visually representing the components that contribute to meaningful and purposeful practice in learning a world language, practice that leads to greater proficiency. The entire graphic is centered around the letter "I" representing three key elements that motivate learners to practice using the language in order to build proficiency. All the components in the graphic are intended to engage learners in meaningful and purposeful interactions designed to improve their ability to communicate in the target language and deepen their understanding of themselves and the world. Viewed in its entirety, the graphic represents motivation, content and context that guide the design of curriculum, instruction and assessment of world language programs. Thematic units that are based on the elements in the graphic facilitate learners' growth in proficiency. The more meaningful and purposeful practice that learners complete, the stronger their performances will be on individual thematic units as they work toward increasing their proficiency in the language they are learning.
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Language: English
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