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Regalla, Michele; Peker, Hilal – Learning Languages, 2018
This paper addresses the issue of integrating students with special needs into foreign language programs in the early childhood years. A partnership between a university and a charter school in central Florida began as a result of parent and teacher interest in providing a foreign language program for its prekindergarten students. Since 2014,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Special Needs Students, French
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Lorenzen, Charla – Learning Languages, 2018
This action research study examined the experiences of a heritage speaker of Spanish who was training to become a Spanish teacher within a Spanish Education program that was in the process of transforming the traditional, front-loaded and theoretical methods course into a practice-based approach to teacher education. The goal of this…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Spanish
Rhodes, Nancy C. – Learning Languages, 2017
This article presents a synopsis of the keynote and slide show presented at the 2016 national Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) meeting honoring the founding members of NNELL (ACTFL [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] Convention, Boston, 2016.)
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Teacher Associations, Recognition (Psychology), Educational History
Collado, Ericka – Learning Languages, 2017
Robots are machines that resemble different forms, usually those of humans or animals, that can perform preprogrammed or autonomous tasks (Robot, n.d.). With the emergence of STEM programs, there has been a rise in the use of robots in educational settings. STEM programs are those where students study science, technology, engineering and…
Descriptors: Robotics, STEM Education, Art Education, Early Childhood Education
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Borich, Jeanette Marie Bowman – Learning Languages, 2017
The author primarily delivered comprehensible Spanish input to her novice 3rd and 4th grade Spanish students via stories she revealed and simultaneously illustrated on a white board. To document comprehension, she obtained student retells of the stories. This approach, used over six months, became an action research project with the goal of…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Murphy-Judy, Kathryn – Learning Languages, 2017
The author argues for the inclusion of language in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) curriculum. She begins by examining the American Association of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) statistical report of U.S. language study. Language instruction in public and private schools has been declining throughout the years while pressures from…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Second Language Learning, Bilingualism
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Seewald, Amanda – Learning Languages, 2017
The author starts the article by explaining what a "special" is in an educational setting and how language instruction has been regulated as one. She argues that the history of language instruction field as an uninspiring conjugation experience still exists, and there are still many in the field who are just learning to adjust antiquated…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Problem Solving, Global Approach
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Regalla, Michele; Peker, Hilal – Learning Languages, 2016
During the 2013-2014 school year, a charter school in Central Florida (which will be given the pseudonym "The Unity School") known for its practice of full inclusion launched an unconventional project. The Unity School, which serves children from preschool through grade five, began offering foreign language to all pre-kindergarten…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Second Language Instruction, French
Ocasio, Michelle A. – Learning Languages, 2016
This article describes Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual environment in which a user creates an avatar for the purpose of socializing, learning, developing skills, and exploring a variety of academic and social areas. Since its inception in 2003, Second Life has been used by educators to build and foster innovative learning environments and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods
Saint-Paul, Thérèse; Hendley, Valérie – Learning Languages, 2016
There is no denying the importance of multilingualism in the 21st century; increased travels, student exchanges, global business, diplomacy, and security are mediated by communication. Education is the key to building a strong multilingual world community that will work for peace and stability. However, it may be often overlooked that a successful…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, FLES, Multilingualism
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Ousselin, Catherine – Learning Languages, 2015
In this article Catherine Ousselin describes a number of digital tools that can be used with middle and high school learners but with few modifications for beginning readers and technology users, can be used to generate thoughtful experiences and assessments at any level. The information presented aims to help teachers who want to use more…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Listening, Instructional Materials, Online Systems
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Duncan, Greg – Learning Languages, 2015
Current thinking within education circles suggests that if students are not engaged in class discussions they might not be learning. And if they are not learning--students and teachers--are wasting their time. The Teacher Effectiveness in Language Learning (TELL) Project spells out within its planning domain that teachers should plan lessons…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learner Engagement, Lesson Plans
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Perugini, Dorie Conlon – Learning Languages, 2015
In this brief article, elementary Spanish teacher, Dorie Perugini describes a classroom project that not only enabled students to explore their own culture and cultures around the world, but motivated them to create a beautiful piece of art. Like most elementary language teachers, Perugini needed to teach her class about food. While planning her…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Devall, Kelly Davidson – Learning Languages, 2015
This article presents a question and answer session in which Paula Garrett-Rucks discusses how creativity and kinesthetics motivate young language learners, the type of characteristics she might consider for different age groups in planning lessons, her views on the goals of world language teachers of young learners, and what a typical lesson…
Descriptors: Creativity, Learning Motivation, Second Language Learning, Lesson Plans
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Mitchell, Claire – Learning Languages, 2015
Imagination, creation, and innovation are three powerful words that present many possibilities in the world language classroom. When learners can see themselves as language users, they take ownership of their learning experience and become more invested in and engaged with the topic being studied. This heightened sense of investment in turn leads…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learner Engagement, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness
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