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Watzinger-Tharp, Johanna; Rubio, Fernando; Tharp, Douglas S. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
The assessment of dual language immersion (DLI) students' proficiency in the partner language plays a key role in program evaluation. This article reports findings from a large-scale study, drawing on cross-sectional assessment data from 73 schools and longitudinal data from 25 schools. Students were tested in the interpretive (listening and…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Bilingual Education Programs, Grade 6, Chinese
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Pascual y Cabo, Diego; Prada, Josh – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article describes a pedagogical initiative that identifies opportunities for increased efficiency and functionality in the teaching and learning of Spanish in the context of the United States. At the core of this initiative is the reformulation of curricular and programmatic approaches in terms of current social, cultural, and linguistic…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Heritage Education
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Zeng, Zhini – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This single-case study explored the experiences of a U.S. professional working in China by focusing on his discursive performance in negotiating a third space at work with people from the target culture. The results revealed that the foreign professional demonstrated a strong desire to creatively appropriate the target language as his own use,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Professional Personnel, Foreign Workers, Second Language Learning
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Okraski, Cornelia V.; Kissau, Scott P. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
edTPA is a performance-based assessment used in teacher licensure programs across the country as evidence of a candidate's readiness to teach. Although multiple studies have indicated it to be a challenging assessment and have offered multiple recommendations for candidate support, few have examined the impact of specific means of support. In this…
Descriptors: Seminars, Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Certification, Test Preparation
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Walls, Laura C. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This study investigated the dynamics between matched heritage language learner (HLL) dyads, second language learner (L2L) dyads, and mixed HLL-L2L dyads in the Spanish L2 classroom. Data come from 15-minute video recordings of 16 dyads, including four HLL-HLL, four L2L-L2L, and eight HLL-L2L dyads that were collected during collaborative writing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Heritage Education, Collaborative Writing, Community Colleges
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Pinheiro-Cadd, Marc – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
The faculty and administration at Drake University made the decision in 2001 to alter radically how language instruction was delivered and received, beginning by disbanding the long-standing Modern Language Department. The dissolution of the department and the new pedagogy caused ripples of concern and shock among language instructors and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Departments
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Mroz, Aurore – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Many language practitioners feel ill equipped to address learners' pronunciation or have difficulties doing so because of limited class time, opportunities for individualized feedback, and approaches to evaluating intelligibility. However, it is crucial that students become understandable to native speakers who are unaccustomed to dealing with…
Descriptors: French, Pronunciation Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Yang, Lu; Leung, Genevieve; Tong, Rosina; Uchikoshi, Yuuko – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Previous research reports the positive impact of dual immersion programs on students' language proficiency, yet fewer studies have examined students' attitudes in such programs. The current study examined student attitudes and language proficiency in a Cantonese dual immersion school and explored relationships between students' attitudes and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Immersion Programs
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Allen, Heather Willis – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Numerous scholars have critiqued a lack of focus on foreign language (FL) writing in the second language (L2) acquisition research base and in FL programs in the United States. This position article argues for reimagining the role of writing to maximize learners' 21st-century skill development and FL programs' contributions to broader…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Research, Writing Instruction
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Palpacuer Lee, Christelle; Curtis, Jessie H.; Curran, Mary E. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Language education has mobilized community-based service-learning's (CBSL) experiential paradigm in the United States and in international settings over the past 20 years, with the goal of enhancing the linguistic and communicative competence of language learners and advancing the intercultural competence that is necessary for global citizens to…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Service Learning, Holistic Approach, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Rodríguez, Julio C. – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article describes how a multi-institutional, proficiency-based program engages stakeholders in design thinking to discover and explore solutions to perennial problems in technology integration into world language education (WLE). Examples of replicable activities illustrate the strategies used to fuel innovation efforts, including fostering…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Educational Strategies
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Blyth, Carl – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
This article briefly traces the historical conceptualization of linguistic and cultural immersion through technological applications, from the early days of locally networked computers to the cutting-edge technologies known as virtual reality and augmented reality. Next, the article explores the challenges of immersive technologies for the field…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Simulation
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Cox, Troy L.; Malone, Margaret E.; Winke, Paula – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
As "Foreign Language Annals" concludes its 50th anniversary, it is fitting to review the past and peer into the future of standards-based education and assessment. Standards are a common yardstick used by educators and researchers as a powerful framework for conceptualizing teaching and measuring learner success. The impact of standards…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Academic Standards, Language Tests
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Allen, Linda Quinn – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
In keeping with the theme of this special issue, "Looking back, Moving forward," the present article describes how Iowa is moving forward with its Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System. First implemented in school districts in the 2014-2015 year, the TLC System is designed to attract and support new teachers; make available…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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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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