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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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Hancock, Charlotte R.; Davin, Kristin J.; Williams, John A., III.; Lewis, Chance W. – Dimension, 2020
In 2013, the North Carolina state Task Force on Global Education put forth a goal of preparing students to be globally prepared for the twenty-first century. This study explored, through interviews with officials from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as well as NCDPI's website, the influence of that global initiative on…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Goulette, Elizabeth – Dimension, 2020
Despite a general consensus that heritage language learners (HLLs) and second language (L2) learners are best taught in separate classes, they often end up in mixed classes (Abdi, 2011; Burgo, 2017; Draper & Hicks, 2000). To date, however, there remains a lack of sufficient research on how to best support HLLs in mixed classes (Burgo, 2017).…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Heritage Education, Teaching Methods, Spanish
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Kemp, Jason A. – Dimension, 2020
Historically, Spanish heritage language (SHL) scholarship has had connections to communities with established Spanish-speaking populations (Rivera-Mills, 2012). Regional SHL course offerings expanded in tandem with increases in Spanish-speaking populations, and little is known about students' experiences in these new and emerging SHL programs.…
Descriptors: College Students, Spanish, Native Language, Second Language Learning
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Acosta, Karen – Dimension, 2019
This study identified the reading comprehension strategies that English-speaking college students enrolled in beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language classes at a major Midwestern university in the United States used to comprehend a text in their second language. The findings suggest that readers tended to use the same comprehension…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Spanish, Native Language
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Hughes, Haning Z. – Dimension, 2019
Foreign language (FL) acquisition requires not only the development of target language skills, but also a cultural understanding of the region and its people. While this article addresses the development of an advanced Chinese language and culture course using film, the principles illustrated can be adapted for use in other advanced-level FL…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Carver, Julie – Dimension, 2019
Social media has quickly become an integral part of day-to-day interaction for many university students. This exploratory study investigated the use of the social media site Instagram for written discussions in three introductory French classes (n= 83). Specifically, student perception on the role of image as a mediational tool (Vygotsky, 1978) to…
Descriptors: Social Media, French, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods
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Clifton, Alison – Dimension, 2019
Even in this digital age, as educational technologies are increasingly integrated into teaching and learning, textbooks continue to play a significant role within language classrooms. Many textbooks maintain a traditional approach to presenting grammar, including using grammatical terminology. However, students seem to have little knowledge of…
Descriptors: Grammar, French, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Surinn, Anna; Russell, Victoria; Davidson, Kelly F. – Dimension, 2019
World Language (WL) instruction in the U.S. can no longer be aimed toward a monolingual English speaker acquiring a second language (L2). Secondary students who take WL courses may speak a variety of languages, bringing their home language and culture into the classroom. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S. and many…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Spanish Speaking, French, Secondary School Students
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Glynn, Cassandra; Wassell, Beth – Dimension, 2018
In this paper, we draw on the current literature to argue that access to world language study for students from minoritized groups, students from under-resourced schools, and students with disabilities is a significant social justice issue. This inequitable access is exacerbated by three key issues: the devaluation of students' languages and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Minority Groups, Disabilities, Second Language Learning
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Caballero-García, Begoña – Dimension, 2018
This article demonstrates the ways in which the Spanish curriculum at one private university integrated social justice learning targets guided by the ACTFL 21st Century Skills Map and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in a Living Learning Community (LLC) course called "Social Consciousness and Developing 21st Century Skills." The…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Communities of Practice, Spanish, Second Language Learning
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Meredith, Britta; Geyer, Mareike; Wagner, Manuela – Dimension, 2018
This chapter bridges theories of social justice (e.g., Osborn, 2006) and intercultural citizenship (e.g. Byram, 2008) to classroom practices in an introductory German course at a research university. By interpreting a fairy tale [Cinderella], 16 university students reflected on issues of gender roles and (in)equality both in historical and current…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Sex Role, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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