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Moltchanov, Barbara – NECTFL Review, 2021
This article examines the development, delivery, and outcomes of a year-long, collaborative, professional development (PD) program for 33 K-16 world language educators who taught in the State of Delaware. This work was prompted (in part) by Delaware's publication of its World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (Delaware Department of…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Faculty Development
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Biondi, Megan – NECTFL Review, 2021
This paper explores the implementation of student-centered and social justice-based teaching methods that promote a classroom atmosphere of equity, inclusion, and positivity by prioritizing students' emotional and psychological well-being in relation to the course content. This paper argues that creating a classroom atmosphere in which students…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Inclusion, Community Colleges, College Second Language Programs
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Ritz, Catherine – NECTFL Review, 2021
Although standards for world language education have brought forth a needed shift in instructional practices--moving from traditional to communicative, proficiency-based methods--research suggests that many teachers have yet to modify their practices. This study follows three teachers at the K-12 level who attended a summer professional…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies, Program Effectiveness
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Erickson, Lars; Berka, Sigrid; Hu, Xiaoyan; Castro, Zoila – NECTFL Review, 2020
This paper describes an experiential education course designed to enhance student learning while abroad. Studies have shown that students studying abroad need specific interventions in order to profit fully from the immersive experience. The article describes a sequence of task-based interventions designed to prompt students to engage with the…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Experiential Learning
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Dion, Sheri – NECTFL Review, 2020
This narrative inquiry explored how world language teachers interpret, rationalize, and integrate multiple forms of diversity in the instruction of culture. In this investigation, 17 instructors at one independent secondary school in the northeastern United States were interviewed. Findings suggest that most participants (15 of 17) incorporate…
Descriptors: Diversity, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Teachers
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Papa, Erin L. – NECTFL Review, 2020
This paper explores the policies and ideologies affecting language education in Rhode Island, where as a result of a State Language Roadmap, groups are working at the grassroots level toward the implementation of dual language immersion in all public school districts. The author points out that while the push from business for multilingual…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Language Minorities, Immersion Programs, Public Schools
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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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