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Kong, Kaishan; Shang, Mohan – Learning Languages, 2020
The K-12 population learning Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) has been increasing rapidly within recent years in the United States. Ruan, Zhang, and Leung (2015) state that summer programs are one of the most recognized forms of Chinese learning, cultivating immersion language environments in the United States. As CFL programs expand, there is…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Reflective Teaching, Chinese, Second Language Learning
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Coulehan, Marissa – Learning Languages, 2020
On day one the author sets up the expectation that her kindergarten Spanish language immersion classroom will be a 100% target language environment. To accomplish this, the author implements several structures, routines, and expectations to maintain the immersion environment. Getting to know the students, modeling appropriate behavior, promoting…
Descriptors: Spanish, Kindergarten, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning
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Borey, Valerie Magna – Learning Languages, 2020
This article expands upon teacher guidelines for an "immersion talk" originally developed by B. Hegstad (2012), entitled, "What is Immersion, and How Can I Be Successful in That Environment?," to share with the larger language community in hopes that the suggestions will encourage teachers to help their learners successfully…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Mellgren, Millie Park – Learning Languages, 2020
The following article is an adapted and abridged excerpt from The Language Immersion Life: A Guide for Families by Millie Park Mellgren (2017). This book features answers to the most common questions Dr. Mellgren was asked as an elementary immersion principal. The volume features commentary and data gleaned from surveys given to hundreds of former…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Second Language Learning, Parent Participation
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Morales, Brenda – Learning Languages, 2020
An immigrant is broadly defined as a foreign person living in another country while a refugee is one who cannot return to his or her home country due to fear of persecution which is based on race, religion, ethnicity, membership in a particular social group, or political belief. These words can conjure different images for different people. Some…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Refugees, Teacher Student Relationship, English Language Learners
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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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