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Ma, Wenyue; Winke, Paula – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
Second language (L2) learners can assess their oral skills with some accuracy. A question is whether learners can reliably use self-assessment to track their language gains over time. During the spring of two subsequent years, 80 university L2 Chinese learners completed an oral skills self-assessment based on the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Isbell, Daniel R.; Winke, Paula; Gass, Susan M. – Language Testing, 2019
Language tests are useful for many purposes, including monitoring language learning progress and evaluating language programs. This study investigated the interpretations and usefulness of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview -- Computer (OPIc) scores across four languages at a large US…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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Gass, Susan; Van Gorp, Koen; Winke, Paula – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study represents program-level action research. A U.S. university Spanish language program had a goal for students to reach the ACTFL (2012) Intermediate Mid level after 2 years. An empirical question that resulted after regular end-of-year testing was whether the students were doing their best on assessments. To investigate this, 253…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Kissau, Scott; Davin, Kristin J.; Wang, Chuang – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
National trends indicate that approximately half of world language instructor candidates in the United States struggle to meet the benchmark oral proficiency standard established by ACTFL (Kissau, 2014; Swender, 2003) and measured by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Given the critical instructor shortage, more needs to be done to help…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Moneypenny, Dianne Burke; Aldrich, Rosalie S. – CALICO Journal, 2018
There is a growing demand for online course options, including classes offered and required in foreign languages. However, offering courses in multiple formats presents the challenges of developing high quality online courses and assessing the overall program effectiveness as students may elect to take the sequenced language acquisition courses in…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Oral Language
Wei, Miaochun – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This quant-QUAL sequential explanatory mixed methods study describes a framework for evaluating the communicative competence (Canale & Swain, 1980; Canale, 1983) of non-beginner students of Chinese for placement purposes at U.S. four-year postsecondary institutions. A pragmatic lens was used to collect and analyze data that generated a…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Chinese
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Iberri-Shea, Gina – Cogent Education, 2017
Prominent spoken language assessments such as the Oral Proficiency Interview and the Test of Spoken English have been primarily concerned with speaking ability as it relates to conversation. This paper looks at an additional aspect of spoken language ability, namely public speaking. This study used an adapted form of a public speaking rating scale…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Rating Scales, Adoption (Ideas), English Instruction
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Tian, Ye – International Journal of Multilingualism, 2017
This study examines a Chinese language programme in an Ivy League institution through the lens of Tracking to re-conceptualise the achievement gap between Chinese heritage language learners (CHLLs) and non-heritage language learners. Like most prestigious universities in the U.S., Chinese language learners in this case study are put on one of two…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Chinese Americans, Chinese, College Second Language Programs
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Moneypenny, Dianne Burke; Aldrich, Rosalie S. – Journal of Educators Online, 2016
The primary resistance to online foreign language teaching often involves questions of spoken mastery of second language. In order to address this concern, this research comparatively assesses undergraduate students' oral proficiency in online and face-to-face Spanish classes, while taking into account students' previous second language…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Raish, Michael – Foreign Language Annals, 2015
This study investigated the acquisition of an Egyptian phonological variant by student participants in a study abroad program at The American University in Cairo. Participants completed pre- and post-study abroad Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs). The SOPI data showed a move toward an Egyptian realization of the phonological variable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Phonology
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Hubert, Michael D. – Foreign Language Annals, 2013
An important task for foreign language (FL) instructors and researchers is to understand how the development of each language skill affects other aspects of language acquisition. This case study seeks to determine if speaking and writing proficiencies develop at similar rates among FL learners. Seventeen students enrolled in beginning,…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Experimental Groups, Language Skills, Second Language Learning
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Moeller, Aleidine J. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
A standard of language proficiency recommended for world language preservice teachers has been set at advanced low as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) requires that foreign language teacher candidates in specific languages (e.g., French, German, Spanish) achieve…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Du, Hang – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article is part of a longitudinal study of American college students studying Mandarin in China. Its main data are drawn from monthly speaking events (four sessions with each student) conducted in Chinese with each of 29 participants in a study-abroad program in China. The study yielded these results: (a) Students made significant progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Longitudinal Studies, College Students
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Burke, Brigid M. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
Brigid Burke is the program coordinator of World Language Education at her university, which is housed in the College of Education and Human Development. Since obtaining this position 4 years ago, she has become most concerned about certain recommendations that were made by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2002,…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Certification
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Fischer, Gerhard – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In this article the author asserts that learning is about personal growth and enrichment, and at its core it is not about career determinations. Good teachers nurture their students; they encourage them to pursue their dreams, and they find ways to stimulate curiosity and dedication to lifelong learning. They do not become teachers because of…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Individual Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Career Choice
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