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Russell, Victoria; Swanson, Peter – Dimension, 2022
In this article, the authors describe the redesign of a first-semester Spanish course at the United States Air Force Academy due to the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent transition from traditional, face-to-face instruction to fully online language teaching during the fall of 2020. More than 200 learners were enrolled across 11 course sections…
Descriptors: Spanish, Introductory Courses, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cherrez, Nadia Jaramillo – Dimension, 2022
This study investigated the experiences and perceptions of two instructors while designing, teaching, and evaluating a flipped, intermediate Spanish course. Qualitative data was gathered through pre-post semi-structured interviews, curriculum design documents, class observations, and student course evaluations. The findings revealed that beliefs…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Flipped Classroom
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Aaron, Gwendoline; Cabot, Aria Zan; Forlino, Daniele; Adoboe, Susana Solera – Dimension, 2022
While many language instructors were encouraged throughout the pandemic to rethink their teaching methods, instructional modalities, and course design in order to successfully pivot from in-person to remote learning environments, it quickly became clear that the burden of pandemic teaching could not be sustained by individual faculty members.…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Language Teachers, Distance Education, College Faculty
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Hickenlooper, Jarom; Bell, Teresa R. – Dimension, 2022
This study investigates university-level German instructors' perceived advantages and disadvantages of synchronous emergency remote teaching during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic at five universities across the United States. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered by means of an electronic questionnaire from 16 instructors of beginning…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Distance Education
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Waldvogel, Dieter A.; Robayna, Tiffany – Dimension, 2022
This survey study explores how second language (L2) educators at institutions of higher education quickly transitioned from face-to-face (F2F) teaching to an online, technology-based environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what their perspectives are on the use of virtual technology after the pandemic. A total of 574 language educators at…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Distance Education, Language Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Wengier, Sabrina – Dimension, 2022
Students gain a lasting impression of a course and of the instructor on the first day of class (Lang, 2019). In asynchronous online or hybrid classes, the equivalent of the first day of class is the Start Here module. This orientation module should contain essential information about class expectations and technology requirements and provide help…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Asynchronous Communication
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Abell, Jacob; Johnson, Stacey Margarita – Dimension, 2021
This paper describes one approach to focusing on Connections, one of the five Cs from the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, as a means of exposing introductory language students to culturally diverse authentic texts through drama-based pedagogy. Our approach focuses on an instructor working within an established departmental…
Descriptors: French, Introductory Courses, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Moreno, Oscar; Garrett-Rucks, Paula – Dimension, 2021
Despite the increasing number of U.S. born Latinos, placing heritage and native speakers in the Spanish curriculum is still a challenge (MacGregor-Mendoza & Moreno, 2020). The present article: (1) addresses the unique needs of heritage speakers in the Spanish curriculum; (2) problematizes traditional grammar-based placement exams; and (3)…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Language Tests, Spanish, Heritage Education
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Shaffer, Ashley – Dimension, 2021
In the context of language instruction and learning, willingness to communicate (WTC) is an important factor in learners' language use. It is viewed as a volitional process influenced by individual, social, linguistic, and situationally dependent factors. Foundational research focused on trait and state WTC-influencing factors as separate…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Student Attitudes, Predictor Variables
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Moreno, Gabriela – Dimension, 2021
The search for a more comprehensive and conscious curriculum for Spanish heritage language learners and Spanish native speakers (SHL/SNS) is a task that many educators are making a priority due to the diversity in the classroom. This paper focuses on presenting the theoretical framework and approaches that have facilitated SHL/SNS instruction in…
Descriptors: Spanish, Native Language Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, College Instruction
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White, Justin P.; DeMil, Andrew J.; Blattner, Geraldine – Dimension, 2021
This study serves as a follow-up to VanPatten's (2015a) demographic report including the makeup of many university language departments. The present study investigates what some literary and cultural studies experts self-report regarding their training in SLA/language pedagogy, term familiarity, perceptions of Communicative Language Teaching, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty, Language Teachers
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MacGregor-Mendoza, Patricia; Moreno, Gabriela – Dimension, 2020
The rise in Spanish heritage language and Spanish native speaker (SHL/SNS) learners in language programs traditionally designed for second language (L2) learners has prompted an interest in the development of a more inclusive placement exam for diverse learners. Some practitioners opt for an instrument that compiles a comprehensive profile of the…
Descriptors: Spanish Speaking, Native Language, Native Speakers, Student Placement
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MacGregor-Mendoza, Patricia – Dimension, 2020
Traditionally, the curriculum guiding many language programs has centered on the teaching of a "foreign" language to an audience of primarily second language learners (e.g. del Valle, 2014). Such a philosophy has relied on the belief in the existence of a single linguistic standard and an idealized community of native speakers from other…
Descriptors: Spanish, Native Language, Spanish Speaking, Second Language Programs
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Burgo, Clara – Dimension, 2020
Heritage language learners (HLLs) need to be exposed to different genres of academic texts (Chevalier, 2004; Correa, 2016) and instructors need to find resources to maximize HLLs' learning experiences. There are multiple gains in improving HLLs' writing to create an awareness of the power of the HL through the use of authentic resources with a…
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Literary Genres, Learning Experience, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Mrak, Ariana – Dimension, 2020
There is no clear-cut division between orality and literacy (Street, 1993). This idea is central to literacy development in the Spanish heritage language (SHL) context because the opportunities to use heritage language (HL) skills are often oral, not written. Furthermore, the cultural situations that speakers find for their language are less…
Descriptors: Spanish, Native Language Instruction, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
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