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Baker, Lottie – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
The growth of Latinx populations in the United States has resulted in an increasing number of community-based service-learning (CBSL) opportunities. In particular, the steady growth in Spanish-English dual-language schools and the accompanying staff shortages position elementary classrooms as meaningful settings in which to develop relationships…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Metacognition, Self Esteem, Spanish
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Cox, Troy L.; Malone, Margaret E. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article presents evidence for a validity argument on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) tests (Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading) by summarizing an analysis of the 2014 test data from examinations administered in three languages…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Guidelines
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Rubio, Fernando – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article briefly reviews the social, political, and economic context that explains the present status of elementary language education in the United States and addresses the challenges identified by recent reports on the state of language education in the United States. Different curricular models of world language education--exploratory,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Elementary School Students, Immersion Programs
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Lü, Chan – Foreign Language Annals, 2017
Pinyin is a sound-annotating system for Chinese characters using Roman letters. Teaching and learning Pinyin has been an important educational practice in Mainland China for native Chinese children, and it is also typically taught to beginning learners of Chinese as a foreign/second language in tertiary-level classrooms. However, whether it should…
Descriptors: Chinese, Orthographic Symbols, Written Language, Second Language Learning
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Troyan, Francis J. – Foreign Language Annals, 2016
This case study reports the results of a genre-based approach, which was used to explicitly teach the touristic landmark description to fourth-grade students of Spanish as a foreign language. The instructional model and unit of instruction were informed by the pedagogies of the Sydney School of Linguistics and an instructional model for…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Case Studies, Spanish, Grade 4
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Burkhauser, Susan; Steele, Jennifer L.; Li, Jennifer; Slater, Robert O.; Bacon, Michael; Miller, Trey – Foreign Language Annals, 2016
Research has demonstrated that students in dual-language immersion programs perform as well as, or better than, their peers in core academic content areas by late elementary school. However, the extent to which immersion education fosters bilingualism has received less attention in the literature. Using data from a four-year efficacy study of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Immersion Programs, Bilingualism
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Rocque, Ryan; Ferrin, Scott; Hite, Julie M.; Randall, Vance – Foreign Language Annals, 2016
This study considers the opinions of dual immersion elementary school principals in investigating the following research questions: (1) What do dual immersion principals identify as the skills and traits for the school leader that lead to the principal's success in a dual immersion context? and (2) What were the differences of opinion, if any,…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Elementary School Students, Principals
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Xu, Xiaoqiu; Padilla, Amado M.; Silva, Duarte M. – Foreign Language Annals, 2015
This study compared the Mandarin performance of elementary immersion program students and high school world language program students in the same school district. A cross-sectional design was employed to gather information on Mandarin proficiency of fourth and fifth graders and Level 4 and Level 5 (AP Chinese) high school students who took the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Sparks, Richard L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2015
The simple view of reading (SVR) model proposes that reading comprehension is the product of word decoding and language comprehension, and that both components make independent contributions to reading skill (Gough & Tunmer, 1986). The model posits that there are good readers and three types of poor readers--dyslexic, hyperlexic, and garden…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Profiles, Spanish
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Boyson, Beverly A.; Semmer, Martha; Thompson, Lynn E.; Rosenbusch, Marcia H. – Foreign Language Annals, 2013
Educators have generally believed that foreign language instruction should begin in kindergarten or earlier to promote optimum oral language development (e.g., Abbott, 1998; Curtain & Dahlberg, 2010; Rhodes & Pufahl, 2010; Rosenbusch, 1991; Swender & Duncan, 1998). This article describes two Spanish programs in the Westport…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Oral Language
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Padilla, Amado M.; Fan, Lorraine; Xu, Xiaoqiu; Silva, Duarte – Foreign Language Annals, 2013
A Mandarin/English two-way immersion elementary program is described from its inception and implementation through the fifth grade, the culminating year of the program. All students in all grades were assessed on their oral/listening, reading, and writing performance in Mandarin using program-created assessment measures. Fifth-grade students also…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Mandarin Chinese, Immersion Programs
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Raymond, Robert B. L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2012
Recent research in language education policy (LEP) refocuses attention from the role of governments to local stakeholders that shape LEP. However, little attention has been given to teacher agency in LEP implementation for early foreign language (FL) education in the United States. This pilot study considers the role of foreign language elementary…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Second Language Instruction, Program Implementation, Second Language Learning
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Davin, Kristin; Troyan, Francis J.; Donato, Richard; Hellman, Ashley – Foreign Language Annals, 2011
This article reports on the implementation of the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) in an Early Foreign Language Learning program. The goal of this research was to examine the performance of grade 4 and 5 students of Spanish on the IPA. Performance across the three communicative tasks is described and modifications to IPA procedures based on…
Descriptors: FLES, Second Language Programs, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests
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Tsou, Wenli – Foreign Language Annals, 2011
This study used a mixed-method approach to investigate the effectiveness of Readers Theater (RT) in promoting English as a foreign language children's reading and writing proficiency after a participation period of one semester. In addition, the researcher recorded and analyzed children's learning motivation and feedback toward RT. The…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, Theater Arts
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Miao, Pei; Heining-Boynton, Audrey L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2011
The communication pattern of Initiation/Response/Follow-Up (IRF) has long been an important instructional sequence in language classrooms. When language teachers combine IRF with the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach, they create a powerful model to evaluate student oral practice and self-assess effectiveness in creating language communities…
Descriptors: Intervention, Immersion Programs, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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