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Kong, Kaishan – Learning Languages, 2015
The connection between teachers' identities and their influence on creative teaching can be found in literature on identity negotiation theory (Norton) and relationship between teachers' understanding of themselves, knowledge, and teaching practice (Johnson and Golombek). Informed by the relevant literature, this qualitative inquiry explores two…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Immersion Programs, Professional Identity, Teaching Methods
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Madera, Piña – Learning Languages, 2015
For years, research has shown that language learning at an early age has great benefits. Most recently, a May 2015 study published in "Science Daily" suggests that exposure to multiple languages in childhood produces better communicators ("Children exposed to multiple languages"). A 2014 study in Singapore showed that infants…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Parents as Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Haxhi, Jessica – Learning Languages, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are here to stay--for awhile at least--and students will be tested on their ability to meet these standards. In order for students to succeed--in order for them to be College and Career Ready--they will need the support of educators working together to give them practice in meeting these standards. World…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Language Arts, Language Teachers, Instructional Improvement
Clementi, Donna – Learning Languages, 2014
This article describes a graphic, designed by Clementi and Terrill, the authors of "Keys to Planning for Learning" (2013), visually representing the components that contribute to meaningful and purposeful practice in learning a world language, practice that leads to greater proficiency. The entire graphic is centered around the letter…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Visual Aids
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Dann, Tammy – Learning Languages, 2014
In this article, Tammy Dann, describes the issues presented by a reluctant learner in a foreign language class and the strategies required to see effective change. The student described in the article struggled to learn or had difficulty paying attention in the Spanish language class. One strategy used was "LinguaFolio Jr." for students…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Educational Strategies
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Davison, Leslie – Learning Languages, 2014
Based on her 20 years of teaching Spanish, Leslie Davison strives for a holistic approach to teaching and learning that is authentic and relevant to her young language learners. Herein, she shares three keys to teaching elementary level students in a way that ensures they will have a "Can Do" attitude in terms of language proficiency and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods, Spanish
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Li, Zhihong; Sisson, Keith; Kung, Hsiang-te – Learning Languages, 2014
The purpose of this study is to find out how young children can learn, understand, and progress in the Chinese language. This study focuses on 13 students between two and three years old. The data collection methods used classroom observation, benchmarks, and parent questionnaires about at home behavior. The data analysis used is qualitative…
Descriptors: Young Children, Chinese, Language Acquisition, Toddlers
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Eddy, Jennifer – Learning Languages, 2014
In "Turnarounds to Transfer," teachers design a collection of tasks toward the summative performance goal but go beyond the Communicative mode criteria: they must assess for transfer. Transfer design criteria must include a complexity or variation that make learners engage critical thinking skills and call upon a repertoire of knowledge…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Prior Learning, Transfer of Training
Day, Allyson – Learning Languages, 2014
The job description for a homeschool Spanish teacher has many of the requirements one would expect. The candidate must be fluent in Spanish, love working with children, be willing to work with all kinds of learners, communicate well with parents and students, and have great enthusiasm for teaching. The Home School Assistance Program (HSAP) classes…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Spanish, Teacher Qualifications
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Giannikas, Christina Nicole – Learning Languages, 2014
The aim of the paper is to review the primary language learning situation in Europe and shed light on the benefits it carries. Early language learning is the biggest policy development in education and has developed in rapid speed over the past 30 years; this article considers the effects and advantages of the optimum condition of an early start,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Educational Benefits
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Shanker, Sandhya; Kraemer, Angelika – Learning Languages, 2014
From previous research on second language acquisition and early language learning, educators know that young children have a cognitive advantage to learning a foreign language over other age groups (e.g., Garcia-Sierra et al.; Hyltenstam and Abrahamsson; Singleton and Ryan; Werker et al.). More recently, an increase in functional benefits for…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Criterion Referenced Tests, Global Approach, Second Language Learning
Sandrock, Paul – Learning Languages, 2013
The Common Core Standards have defined literacy and outlined the mission for English Language Arts in a way that provides a natural fit with the National Standards for Language Learning. Taking advantage of this connection, language teachers can showcase the importance of learning languages by demonstrating how literacy is learned, practiced, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Core Curriculum, FLES
Zeppieri, Rosanne; Russel, Priscilla – Learning Languages, 2013
In elementary schools around the United States, children learn in text-rich environments with literacy a primary goal of instruction, whether the instruction is in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, or Spanish. Nonetheless, second language instruction is often overlooked as a vehicle for building students' reading, writing, speaking,…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, FLES, Teaching Methods
Curtain, Helena – Learning Languages, 2013
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the National Standards for Foreign Language Education have several areas of commonality: (1) both standards have the goal that all students, by the end of 12th grade, will have the skills they need to be successful world citizens; (2) the literacy skills that are found in the Common Core are the same…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Core Curriculum, FLES
Met, Mimi – Learning Languages, 2013
This article promotes literacy as a a powerful tool for learning new language. Although learners frequently think of comprehensible input as language that is heard, comprehensible input from print can also be accessed. Research has shown that reading has a powerful impact on language learning: much of the vocabulary that educated adults know has…
Descriptors: Literacy, FLES, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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