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Moeller, Aleidine J.; Yu, Fei – Dimension, 2015
This article explores the theoretical foundation of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, developed by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), describes why and how to use these progress indicators in language education and reveals the value and impact on…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Self Control, Learning Processes
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Rubin, Joan – Dimension, 2015
Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching has received sustained attention from teachers and researchers for over thirty years. It is a well-established pedagogy that includes the following characteristics: major focus on authentic and real-world tasks, choice of linguistic resources by learners, and a clearly defined non-linguistic outcome. This…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Task Analysis, Language Acquisition, Second Language Instruction
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Abreu, Laurel – Dimension, 2015
This article presents the results of a study on the language learning and teaching beliefs of graduate students enrolled in an applied linguistics course in a language teaching program. Ten participants completed a questionnaire at the start of the course and another at the end; their responses were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Applied Linguistics
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Long, Sheri Spaine; Derby, LeAnn; Scharff, Lauren; LeLoup, Jean W.; Uribe, Daniel – Dimension, 2015
The ACTFL [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] 21st Century Skills Map (2011) proposes incorporating "leadership and responsibility" into language learning (LL). This study offers a foundational framework for combined LL and leadership development (LD) and contains a snapshot of the presence of LD in the language…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Second Language Instruction, Modern Language Curriculum, Feedback (Response)
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Swanson, Pete – Dimension, 2015
The following article recounts the creation and development of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) through the words of one of its founders, Dr. Herman Bostick. The article is not intended to tell the entire history of the founding of the organization, nor the full story of Dr. Bostick's contributions to the civil rights movement…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Teachers, Conferences (Gatherings), Teacher Associations
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Jochum, Christopher J.; Rawlings, Jared R.; Tejada, Ana María – Dimension, 2015
The purpose of this qualitative inquiry was to understand how four in-service Spanish teachers interpreted their participation in a summer study abroad program and how the experience contributed to their ongoing professional development and language proficiency. Using a multiple case design (Simons, 2009; Stake, 2005; Yin, 2009), the researchers…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Study Abroad, Faculty Development, Language Teachers
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Gascoigne, Carolyn – Dimension, 2015
While homework is something that language professionals often assign, based on the paucity of research on the topic, it is clearly not something to which much attention is given in terms of professional discourse or research. In the following pages, the author reviews the limited available research and describes a case study that seeks to examine…
Descriptors: Homework, College Students, Second Language Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Galloway, Vicki – Dimension, 2015
Consider the oyster. Like all good metaphors, it has done some morphing since the days of Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor." Newer bands of shell material have repainted the mollusk metaphor, transforming it from ostracism, opportunism, and exploitation to openness, opportunity and exploration, and thus an apt symbol for the…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Cultural Influences, Sustainability, Educational Methods
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McClendon, Lynne – Dimension, 2015
The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), like many other language-related organizations, flourishes in the context of periodic educational agendas and reforms, in turn, influenced by economic, political, and social ideologies of the time, and it is therefore instructive to revisit briefly the educational landscape of the previous two…
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Educational History, Second Language Instruction, Educational Change
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Kronenberg, Felix A. – Dimension, 2014
Digital Storytelling offers many advantages for language learning, especially within a project-based framework. In this article, the use of Digital Micro-Narratives is proposed as particularly useful for second language learners at the novice level. As a sub-genre of Digital Storytelling, Digital Micro-Narratives focus more on frequently updated…
Descriptors: Novices, Electronic Learning, Electronic Publishing, Story Telling
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Bluemel, Brody – Dimension, 2014
This article illustrates the pedagogical value of incorporating parallel corpora in foreign language education. It explores the development of a Chinese/English parallel corpus designed specifically for pedagogical application. The corpus tool was created to aid language learners in reading comprehension and writing development by making foreign…
Descriptors: Written Language, Computational Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Long, Sheri Spaine; LeLoup, Jean W.; Derby, LeAnn; Reyes, Ramsamooj J. – Dimension, 2014
During a recent visiting professorship at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), it became clear that language faculty--both military and civilians--stated that they included leadership while teaching foreign languages and cultures. However, many of the same educators could not explicitly spell out their approach to doing so. This gap…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Leadership Training, Communities of Practice
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Terantino, Joe – Dimension, 2014
This study compared students' foreign language anxiety levels while completing oral assessments administered face-to-face (F2F) and via Skype videoconferencing for university courses delivered under the self-instructional language program (SILP) model (Dunkel, Brill, & Kohl, 2002). Data were gathered by administering a modified Foreign…
Descriptors: Uncommonly Taught Languages, Second Language Instruction, Anxiety, Student Attitudes
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Lepore, Cindy E. – Dimension, 2014
This article discusses a study that investigated pronunciation development in second language learners by monitoring willingness to communicate variables. Students (N = 37) in a second-semester, introductory French course participated in online interpersonal audio discussions with classmates through VoiceThread. Pronunciation development and…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, French
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George, Angela – Dimension, 2014
While taking foreign language classes or interacting in the target language community, language learners will be exposed to dialectal differences. This paper addresses how adult learners of Spanish in beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish courses at a large US university perceived a common sociolinguistic feature of Spanish, /s/-weakening,…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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