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Gonzales-Bueno, Manuela; Quintana-Lara, Marcela – Applied Language Learning, 2011
The goal of this study is to pilot test whether the instructional approach known as Processing Instruction could be adapted to the teaching of second language (L2) pronunciation. The target sounds selected were the Spanish tap and trill. Three groups of high school students of Spanish as a foreign language participated in the study. One group…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Pronunciation Instruction, Auditory Perception
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Lefkowitz, Natalie; Hedgcock, John S. – Applied Language Learning, 2006
This study explores how social pressure and identity construction patterns interact with the oral performance of secondary and post-secondary learners of Spanish as a foreign language. Data derive from 268 questionnaires probing students' perceptions of Spanish, Spanish speakers, their peers, and their instructors. Ethnographic interviews…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Social Influences, Identification