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Vyn, Reuben; Wesely, Pamela M.; Neubauer, Diane – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
While a growing body of research has addressed the outcomes of K-12 foreign language (FL) study, relatively little is known about the relationship between teachers' practices and students' proficiency development (Hlas & Hlas, [Hlas, A. C., 2012]; Tschirner & Malone, [Tschirner, E., 2012]). To fill this gap, the current study, set in a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, School Districts
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Mendoza, Anna; Phung, Huy – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
The primary purpose of this investigation was to put forward critical research synthesis as a qualitative alternative to meta-analysis in second language acquisition using as a case example studies published from 2005 to 2018 applying the L2 Motivational Self System (L2MSS) to learners of languages other than English (LOTEs). Since L2MSS research…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, Student Interests
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Huensch, Amanda – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study combined evidence from survey, interview, and classroom observation data to better understand the amount and type of pronunciation instruction and corrective feedback practices in French and Spanish introductory language courses (i.e., the first four semesters) at the university level in the United States. Data consisted of responses (n…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Pronunciation, Error Correction, Feedback (Response)
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Sturm, Jessica L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
A body of previous work in second- and foreign language pronunciation instruction (e.g., Lord, 2005; Miller, 2012) has shown that explicit phonetic and pronunciation instruction is beneficial. However, Olson (2014) noted that just a few minutes per week of instruction are devoted to pronunciation in most classrooms. What is the effect of such…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Ma, Wenyue; Winke, Paula – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
Second language (L2) learners can assess their oral skills with some accuracy. A question is whether learners can reliably use self-assessment to track their language gains over time. During the spring of two subsequent years, 80 university L2 Chinese learners completed an oral skills self-assessment based on the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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García, Paul A.; Moser, Kelly M.; Davis-Wiley, Patricia – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study reports the findings of a national survey on PreK-12 world language teacher development (WLTD), and was conducted in order to assist the profession as simultaneously it confronts the intersecting challenges of a nationwide world language (WL) teacher shortage, strives to meet new teacher preparation standards, and ensures the future of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Education
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Bustamante, Carolina; Novella G, Miguel Á. – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study explored the experiences of eight Latina heritage speakers (HSs) who were enrolled in world language teacher preparation programs at two higher education institutions. Using data from interviews, classroom observations, and other documents, the qualitative multiple-case study investigated their educational experiences and the challenges…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Teacher Education Programs, Second Language Learning, Student Experience
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Porto, Melina – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This article explores the intercultural and citizenship dimensions of foreign language teaching and discusses, in particular, the implications for foreign language teaching and teacher education. The work (1) extends the fundamental concepts that were developed by Byram and Wagner (2018) in this journal--that foreign language education has…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Education
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Luo, Han; Li, Yu; Li, Ming-Ying – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study reports the results of a national survey of Chinese as a heritage language (CHL) education in U.S. colleges and universities. Conducted during a period of 13 months, the project included an initial survey that elicited general information such as program structure, course offerings, and materials. Of the 619 institutions to which the…
Descriptors: Heritage Education, College Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Spring, Ryan; Kato, Fumie; Mori, Chikako – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
Computer-mediated, communication-based foreign language learning programs are showing great promise. Among these, video-synchronous mediated communication seems to offer an effective way to provide speaking practice, although research findings have been inconclusive. Furthermore, among studies that have documented the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Peker, Hilal; Regalla, Michele; Cox, Thomas D. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Studies have documented the contribution of vocabulary knowledge in second language acquisition and have shown the benefits of repetition, creating context, and the use of multimodal instruction across visual and verbal modalities. This study examined instructional strategies used to teach French vocabulary in an inclusive, prekindergarten foreign…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Learner Engagement, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Schenker, Theresa – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This study investigated the effects of an intensive summer program on students' writing, reading, listening, vocabulary, and grammar skills. The program consisted of 4 weeks at the U.S. home institution and 4 weeks in Berlin, Germany, and offered the equivalent of two college-level, second-year German classes in one summer. During the last three…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Language Skills, German
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Hellmich, Emily A. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Over the past decade, there have been numerous calls to update U.S. education to reflect an increasingly global world (Hull & Hellmich, 2018). Foreign languages (FLs) are often perceived as central to these efforts (American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2017). Despite this centrality, less is known about how FLs are understood in U.S. K-12…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Immersion Programs
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Keating Marshall, Kelle; Bokhorst-Heng, Wendy D. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article examines four French immersion (FI) teachers' perspectives on the relationship between language and culture and on their roles as intercultural mediators in New Brunswick (NB), Canada's only officially bilingual province. Data were drawn from semi-structured interviews with the teachers. Couched in the broader framework of Canada's…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, French, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Dracos, Melisa; Henry, Nick – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
The acquisition of verbal morphology presents challenges for many second language (L2) learners, in part because they do not readily process those forms during sentence comprehension. Instead, L2 learners rely on lexical-semantic cues (e.g., temporal adverbs and explicit subjects). This study investigated the role of task-essential training in…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Language Processing, Spanish, Second Language Learning
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