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Salavert, Roser; Szalkiewicz, Dana – NECTFL Review, 2020
The Seal of Biliteracy is an official state award that recognizes high school seniors who graduate with demonstrated proficiency in English and one or more other world languages. The policies and practices that support the Seal of Biliteracy promote twenty-first century skills and intercultural communication competencies that are critical in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Literacy, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Kissau, Scott – NECTFL Review, 2020
The critical shortage of foreign language teachers in the United States is well documented, and it was recently reported by ACTFL (2017) to be the worst on record. Exacerbating this shortage is declining enrollment in foreign language teacher training programs that serve as a pipeline to the profession. Even more troublesome, in response to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Enrollment Trends, Trend Analysis, Language Teachers
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Asay, Danielle T.; Martinsen, Rob A.; Bateman, Blair E.; Erickson, Robert G. – NECTFL Review, 2019
This survey study gathered data from 63 secondary school teachers of six different foreign languages in the state of Utah. The study describes how secondary FL teachers viewed the role of culture in language teaching, the models and methods they used to teach culture, and their attention to culture in their lesson planning, instruction, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Hoecherl-Alden, Gisela; Fegely, Kathy – NECTFL Review, 2019
Integrating art (paintings, sculptures, photography, and other types of images) into second language (L2) instruction, can have a positive effect on language acquisition and developing intercultural understanding. As the instructor provides visual scaffolding, learners at all proficiency levels have the opportunity to engage more deeply with L2…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Language Proficiency, Cultural Awareness, Second Language Instruction
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Haj-Broussard, Michelle; Keefer, Natalie; Hébert, Dustin; Grivet, Candice – NECTFL Review, 2019
Research on stakeholder perspectives in language immersion contexts is relatively new (Padron & Waxman, 2016; Whitacre, 2015). This current qualitative research examined perspectives of stakeholders at a mini-conference for immersion educators and administrators called Conversations in Immersion. The mini-conference encouraged immersion…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Hochberg, Judy – NECTFL Review, 2019
This paper argues for bringing insights from linguistics into the world language classroom. At any level of study, such insights can add intellectual interest to the study of a target language (TL), and can also help students accept and acquire aspects of the TL that are different from their first language or that are inherently challenging. As a…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Chinese, French, German
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Hildebrandt, Susan A.; Swanson, Pete – NECTFL Review, 2019
Used by over 800 educator preparation programs in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia, edTPA seeks to measure content-specific outcomes of beginning teachers as a high-stakes assessment. Many states also use edTPA to inform teacher licensure or certification decisions, making the assessment consequential for individual teacher…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Preservice Teachers, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning
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Cubillos, Jorge H.; Ilvento, Thomas W. – NECTFL Review, 2019
This investigation explores oral proficiency outcomes in short-term study abroad programs, as well as the interaction of those outcomes with the type of second language (L2) courses involved. For three years, speaking ability gains were measured in a study abroad setting among intermediate learners of Spanish under two different course conditions:…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Fonder-Solano, Leah; Burnett, Joanne – NECTFL Review, 2018
In this study, 64 master's students and program graduates in French, Spanish, and TESOL evaluated their online experiences in two areas in which learning effectiveness is often questioned in online settings: linguistic proficiency and cultural knowledge. This study was informed by national data documenting attitudes toward online learning,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Language Proficiency, French
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Hughes, Haning Z.; LeLoup, Jean W. – NECTFL Review, 2018
This paper describes an alternative and unique format to the customary culture and civilization course taught at the upper levels in a university foreign language curriculum. The semester-long course employed a content-based design that combined language instruction and learning with authentic music generated during distinct historical eras in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Second Language Programs
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Ghanem, Carla – NECTFL Review, 2018
This study investigates the complexities associated with graduate language instructors' identities. It particularly sheds light on whether or not and to what extent eight teaching assistants (TA) of German at a large southwestern US university identify as teachers of German. The participants included novice and advanced instructors teaching…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Second Language Instruction, Professional Identity
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Ritz, Catherine; Rupley, William H. – NECTFL Review, 2018
This study uses a cohort model--a combination of a study group, with readings and discussion, and collaborative curriculum design as a professional development tool--as a context for investigating a group of middle and high school world language teachers' beliefs about effective curriculum. The study explores whether this model could shift…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Dunlap, Carolyn – NECTFL Review, 2003
Addresses the help that heritage speakers and other native Spanish speaking students can provide in a Spanish phonetics class. These students can improve the pronunciation of Spanish learners while enhancing their own self esteem, and can also make learners aware of different dialects of Spanish. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Language Variation, Native Speakers, Phonetics
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Godev, Concepcion B. – NECTFL Review, 2003
Presents a method for managing and teaching oral presentation in the conversational foreign language class. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Conversational Language Courses, Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Goetz, Lily Anne – NECTFL Review, 2003
Discuses the use of micro stories--shorter short stories--in the Spanish language classroom. Highlights the use of one micro story--Monterrosos'"El dinasauro"--as a point of departure for teaching literary reading skill to intermediate college and secondary level students. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Literature, Reading Skills
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