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Lynch, Andrew – Foreign Language Annals, 2008
This article addresses the situation of lower-proficiency heritage language learners of Spanish in terms of their linguistic similarities to second language learners. The analysis highlights grammatical and lexical features in the oral discourse of Spanish heritage and second language learners at intermediate and advanced levels of study,…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Heritage Education, Native Speakers
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Scott, Renee S.; Rodgers, Barbara C. – Foreign Language Annals, 1993
This article reports on the process of developing a proficiency-oriented writing contest, as well as a system of assessment of that writing based on a set of rubrics for each level of writing. (Contains six references.) (VWL)
Descriptors: Competition, High Schools, Higher Education, Language Proficiency
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Verkler, Karen Wolz – Foreign Language Annals, 1994
Discusses a study that was conducted to determine the effects of school affiliation on the level of language competency attained by Spanish 1 students. Competency in all four language skills was measured by a Spanish 1 exam, and the differences between the two groups in attitude toward foreign language learning were examined. (JL)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Grade 8, High Schools, Introductory Courses
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LeBlanc, Leona B. – Foreign Language Annals, 1990
A three-year Florida project to develop subject area certification examinations in foreign languages is reported. The project was carried out by teachers at each stage: research, writing, validation, pilot-testing, editing, and scoring. The teacher-developed certification test development project is seen as a model for other states. (four…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Language Teachers