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ERIC Number: EJ789564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Structure and Complexity of Oral Narratives in Advanced-Level Spanish: A Comparison of Three Learning Backgrounds
Rubio, Fernando
Foreign Language Annals, v36 n4 p546-554 Win 2003
This study compared the narratives of three groups of advanced speakers of Spanish with different learning backgrounds. The first group was made up of heritage speakers; the second group was composed of missionaries that had recently returned from a two-year sojourn in a Spanish-speaking country; and the third group comprised students who had learned Spanish in a regular classroom setting and who had no more than 4 months of experience abroad. The study compared the degrees of fluency and complexity of the past narrations that they produced during an OPI. The results demonstrated that there was a degree of correlation between type of learning background and narration characteristics. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview