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ERIC Number: EJ931453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Measuring Language-Related Outcomes of Community-Based Learning in Intermediate Spanish Courses
Pellettieri, Jill
Hispania, v94 n2 p285-302 Jun 2011
This pilot study investigates whether requiring participation in community-based learning can motivate intermediate level Spanish learners to engage in more frequent interaction in Spanish outside of the classroom and course requirements. Using the theoretical framework of willingness to communicate in a second language, this study combines both quantitative and qualitative methods to measure university-level, intermediate Spanish learners' attitudes and behaviors regarding oral communication in Spanish before and after experiencing three consecutive quarters of community-based learning. By using the lens of second language acquisition theory to examine language-related outcomes for students in these courses, this study addresses a critical need within the scholarship of Spanish community-based learning and provides a theoretically motivated model for the assessment of language-related outcomes of programs utilizing this pedagogy. (Contains 3 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California