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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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Wagner, Manuela – Learning Languages, 2013
In language teaching, it has been universally acknowledged that students need not just knowledge and skill in the grammar of a language but also the ability to use the language in socially and culturally appropriate ways. In this article Michael Byram, who has been working on Intercultural Competence for quite some time in a variety of different…
Descriptors: Interviews, Context Effect, Teaching Experience, Intercultural Programs
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Glass, Janet – Learning Languages, 2008
In this article, the author presents teaching tips for elementary second or foreign language teachers. These include (1) using index cards for beginning level vocabulary practice; (2) chanting the words or phrases to help students remember; (3) taking the students' work out the door and spread the language to a wider audience; (4) pruning an…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Internet, Elementary School Teachers, Vocabulary Development
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Redmond, Mary Lynn – Learning Languages, 2007
In this interview, Eve Wallwork, a junior at David W. Butler High School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) School District, talks about her research project on the field of early language learning. Wallwork shares the most important findings of her research, the benefits of early language learning, and her plans in the future.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interviews, Student Attitudes, High School Students
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Gerena, Linda M. – Learning Languages, 2002
Examined beliefs and perceptions of practicing professionals and those in leadership positions regarding developing and maintaining dual immersion programs to produce long-lasting language policy reform, language transformation, and a restructured school culture. Based on combined findings of the surveys and interviews, the factors that are most…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Beliefs, Immersion Programs, Interviews
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Marcos, Kathleen M.; Peyton, Joy Kreeft – Learning Languages, 2002
Interest in and support for language study has been strengthened in the United States in recent years. This article suggests specific ways that parents, teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and members of the business community can foster the learning of languages among children and adults. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Adults, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Pope, Sarah – Learning Languages, 2002
An elementary school foreign language teacher reflects on her first year and a half of being a Spanish foreign language in the elementary school (FLES) teacher. Highlights challenges, frustrations, and positive aspects of the job. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, FLES, Journal Writing, Language Teachers
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Gilzow, Douglas F. – Learning Languages, 2002
Describes a successful early start, long sequence Japanese foreign language in the elementary school (FLES) program that was identified as one of seven model programs in a national project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Highlights literacy instruction in Japanese, student assessment, language camps, visits to Japan, parent…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, FLES
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McKinley, Kathleen Kosobud – Learning Languages, 2002
Discusses the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards approval of standards for teachers of world languages. Specific questions are answered about the reasons for going through national board certification and what is involved. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Languages
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Trayer, Marie; Knoche, Lisa – Learning Languages, 2002
Discusses IN-VISION, a 5-year technology challenge grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education that supports K-12 Spanish and technology use in rural schools. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Rural Schools, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Chase, Kim – Learning Languages, 2002
One foreign language teacher discusses teaching French over the years through a variety of activities and without a textbook. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, FLES
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Borich, Jeanette Marie Bowman – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes a 4-year teacher action research project focused on whether student dialogue journals can provide documentation of student learning from a cultural unit taught in Spanish. Results are discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Action Research, Alternative Assessment, Cultural Awareness, Dialog Journals
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Pufahl, Ingrid U.; Rhodes, Nancy C.; Christian, Donna – Learning Languages, 2001
Summarizes a report of a study that explored what the United States could learn about foreign language teaching from other countries. The project reviewed comparative language education studies and conducted interviews with language education professionals in countries where policies and practices could inform the United States. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries
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Sable, Marilyn – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes an activity for middle school learners of French called "body parties, or giant body part people. It is an arts and crafts project that students do mostly at home. The activity will help students understand and manipulate body part vocabulary. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: French, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Second Language Instruction
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Uchihara, Azusa – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes the Japanese program at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell, Georgia. The success of the program has been aided by collaborative team teaching, a spiraled curriculum, creative teaching methods, Teacher -made materials, and communication among teachers, parents, and administrators. he challenges are also discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Cooperation, Elementary Education, FLES
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