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Webber, Dana E. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Using technology to develop a collaborative-reflective teaching practice in a world language education methods course block for teaching certification creates unique opportunities for world language education undergraduates to learn to develop synthecultural competence for education. Such a program allows undergraduates to expand their capacity to…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reflective Teaching
Lu, Minhui – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study explored how the learners-as-ethnographers (LAE) approach facilitated intercultural learning among American students learning Chinese as a foreign language. Two research questions addressed the effectiveness of the LAE approach and students' learning experiences in a non-immersion context. I designed six ethnographic tasks for the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
O'Neill, Errol Marinus – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Online translation (OT) sites such as Free Translation and Babel Fish are freely available to the general public and purport to convert inputted text, from single words to entire paragraphs, instantly from one language to another. Discussion in the literature about OT for second-language (L2) acquisition has generally focused either on the…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Translation, Computational Linguistics
Roh, Jaemin – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This dissertation sought to evaluate the potential of a customized, video-based instructional method, the Cultural Video Project (CVP), which was designed to meet the needs of both heritage and non-heritage students learning Korean as a second language in a university setting. The goal of this study was to design and create the CVP, document the…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Cultural Awareness, Courseware, Listening Skills
Blankenship, Rebecca J. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential use of Second Life (Linden Labs, 2004) and Skype (Skype Limited, 2009) as simulated virtual professional development tools for pre-service teachers seeking endorsement in teaching English as a Second Official Language (ESOL). Second Life is an avatar-based Internet program that allows…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Preservice Teacher Education, Virtual Classrooms, Teaching Methods
Isenberg, Noelle Ariane – ProQuest LLC, 2010
A number of universities offer fully web-based language courses. Many others are considering this option. Yet it remains unclear whether web-based courses can be as comprehensively effective as classroom-based courses. And, if so, what might an effective web-based language course look like? This dissertation considers the German Online at PSU…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Language Processing, Comparative Analysis, Internet