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ERIC Number: EJ946135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
The Role of Extra-Credit Assignments in the Teaching of World Languages
Alley, David
Hispania, v94 n3 p529-536 Sep 2011
The granting of extra credit is a hotly debated topic in all fields of education. Teachers are reluctant to offer extra credit for fear of inflating grades, but students are persistent in their demands for extra-credit points to which they have become accustomed. This article considers extra-credit assignments in the teaching of world languages. Like lab activities in the sciences, extra-credit assignments are seen as opportunities to expand the curriculum to include research on culture and content-based topics which might otherwise be excluded. A framework for designing meaningful extra-credit assignments is presented along with an example appropriate for beginning and intermediate students of Spanish. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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