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Gunderson, Barbara; And Others – Foreign Language Annals, 1980
Describes the use of cooperative learning groups in junior high school French classes. Summarizes how cooperative learning affects: (1) student attitudes towards French, (2) student relationships with peers, and (3) student-perceived personal gains from this experience. (PMJ)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Class Organization, Cooperation, French
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Spodark, Edwina – Foreign Language Annals, 2005
Although we have entered into the 21st century, most institutions of higher learning have not yet realized a routine integration of technology into regular classroom pedagogical practices. This article highlights two of the main concerns of university-level foreign language faculty with respect to incorporating technology into everyday classroom…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Second Language Learning, French, College Faculty
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Foreign Language Annals, 1979
This statement, the product of a cooperative effort of professional associations of teachers in many disciplines, argues against a narrow approach to the problem of fostering basic skills that would ignore the complexity of modern life and the interdependency of disciplines. (JB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Education, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives
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Shanahan, Daniel – Foreign Language Annals, 1998
Discusses the increasing importance of culture in the foreign-language classroom. Suggests that if the question of culture and language learning is addressed from the perspective of the affective elements contained within both, it may be possible to adopt a more ecumenical approach to the former and obtain a more powerful tool for helping students…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Definitions, Second Language Instruction
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Krashen, Stephen – Foreign Language Annals, 2016
Lindseth (2016) reported that direct instruction and practice using the German verb-inversion rule resulted in higher accuracy in an oral test for college students, supporting the hypothesis that explicit linguistic knowledge can become implicit linguistic knowledge. It is quite likely, however, that the conditions for the use of conscious…
Descriptors: Verbs, Grammar, German, Oral Language
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Foreign Language Annals, 1980
A statement defining the essentials of education is presented as it was formulated by professional organizations. It is stressed that essentials go beyond the basic elements of knowledge, and that the definition as presented calls for a realization that all disciplines must acknowledge their interdependence. (AMH)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Professional Associations
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Sparks, Richard L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2009
Despite the lack of empirical evidence, the term "foreign language learning disability" (FLLD) has become popular in the learning disabilities (LD) and foreign language literature. I contend that there is not a unique "disability" for foreign language learning and suggest instead that foreign language skills run along a continuum of very strong to…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Learning Disabilities, Second Language Learning, Language Skills
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Little, Greta D.; Sanders, Sara L. – Foreign Language Annals, 1989
The results of participant-observer research in beginning French and German classes shows that recognition of common ground in the classroom is essential for communication, and that a sense of classroom community is crucial to truly communicative interaction. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research
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Gurney, David – Foreign Language Annals, 1979
Potential changes in education are examined against a background of pluralism in American educational history in comparison to the relative prestige of foreign language learning in the curriculum. Foreign languages suffer today from competition brought about by limited finances, early release programs, and many electives. (SW)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends
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Lindseth, Martina – Foreign Language Annals, 2016
My study (Lindseth, "The Effects of Form-Focused Instruction on the Acquisition of Subject-Verb Inversion in German") that was published in the Volume 49, No. 1 issue of "Foreign Language Annals" suggested that form-focused instruction that targets a specific structure may help learners progress faster toward accurate use of…
Descriptors: Verbs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Grammar
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Gilman, Robert A.; Moody, Loranna M. – Foreign Language Annals, 1984
Reviews the literature on listening comprehension in language classes, especially Heidi Byrnes' article, "The Role of Listening Comprehension: A Theoretical Base," with a view to adding practical elements to Byrnes' linguistic analysis. Lists steps necessary to produce proficient listeners and given examples of programs which follow…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Language Research, Listening Comprehension, Literature Reviews
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Spodark, Edwina – Foreign Language Annals, 2001
Describes the changing roles played by foreign language teachers in the new multimedia-enhanced, learner-centered classroom. Describes in detail the various parts that make up a technology-rich lesson on French fashion and analyzes the multiple roles that teachers may assume in their efforts to expand the language learning experience and…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Fashion Industry, French, Language Teachers
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Arens, Katherine; Swaffar, Janet – Foreign Language Annals, 2000
Traces the standards for foreign language learning as a template for an integrated second language reading curriculum (Grades 4-16), and argues for the early inclusion of authentic reading materials in the second language classroom. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education
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Warriner-Burke, Helen P. – Foreign Language Annals, 1990
Raises a series of questions concerning the use of distance learning in second-language instruction, including (1) why use distance learning? (2) what are the limitations to distance learning? and (3) what does research say about the use of distance learning in the second-language classroom? (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Distance Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Research
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Overfield, Denise M. – Foreign Language Annals, 1997
Research in language learning and general education supports the idea that addressing the "communities" goal of the national standards for foreign language learning in the language classroom can be an effective way to teach the target language. This article gives examples of how community-based learning in the foreign language classroom…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Context, Educational Strategies, Native Speakers
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