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ERIC Number: EJ1138726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Making the Case for Exploratory World Language Instruction in Catholic Elementary Schools through University Partnerships
Burke, Brigid M.; Howard, Eric D.
Journal of Catholic Education, v20 n2 Article 2 Mar 2017
As a result of a university partnership, elementary students at two midwest Catholic elementary schools have been provided with exploratory world language instruction (FLEX) from pre-service teachers. To investigate students' attitudes and learning of Spanish, researchers interviewed second and fourth graders. The students' parents and pre-service teachers answered open-ended questionnaires. The research questions for this qualitative study were: (a) How does exploratory world language instruction (FLEX) affect children's attitudes about learning world languages and cultures? (b) How does exploratory world language instruction (FLEX) affect children's learning of a world language? The results showed that students possessed positive attitudes about world language instruction, and they learned numbers, colors, cultural information, and food and animal vocabulary, as well as how to communicate at the novice level. Universities should consider engaging in service-learning partnerships with Catholic elementary schools so students learn to open their minds and hearts to diverse languages and cultures.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, FLES, Elementary School Students, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Spanish, Grade 2, Grade 4, Catholic Schools, Preservice Teachers, Parent Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Vocabulary Development, Service Learning, Communicative Competence (Languages), Questionnaires, Interviews, Electronic Publishing
Loyola Marymount University. School of Education 1 LMU Drive, University Hall Suite 1760, Los Angles, CA 90045. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/ce
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio