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Ashton, Karen – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2019
What approaches are used in the multi-level language class and what influences a teacher's choice of approach? Multi-level language classes, the combining of two or more senior year levels into a single class, is a relatively recent phenomenon and one that is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand secondary schools as a consequence of a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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Conway, Clare; Richards, Heather – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Reflection as a tool for the development of an intercultural dimension in language learning is mentioned to varying degrees in curriculum documents, guidelines and the literature. While there is a call for teachers to encourage language learners to engage in reflection for the development of intercultural competence (IC), studies show it can be…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Language Teachers
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East, Martin – Language Testing, 2015
Implementing assessment reform can be challenging. Proposed new assessments must be seen by stakeholders to be fit for purpose, and sometimes the perceptions of key stakeholders, such as teachers and students, may differ from the assessment developers. This article considers the recent introduction of a new high-stakes assessment of spoken…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Teacher Attitudes, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers
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East, Martin – Language Learning Journal, 2014
Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is an innovative learner-centred and experiential approach to modern foreign language (MFL) teaching and learning that is not without controversy in the secondary MFL classroom. This article considers one secondary-level initial teacher education programme in New Zealand in which, following school curriculum…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Secondary School Teachers
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Nia, Sara Farshad; Davey, Ronnie – Research-publishing.net, 2014
In line with the needs of the 21st century learners and dramatic improvements in schools' technological infrastructures, it is expected that the integration of digital tools into language learning courses would take a quicker pace and a smoother path. However, current research indicates that although this might be the case for foreign language…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning