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Subtirelu, Nicholas Close; Borowczyk, Margaret; Thorson Hernández, Rachel; Venezia, Francesca – Modern Language Journal, 2019
The Seal of Biliteracy is as an initiative to incentivize and credentialize bi-/multilingualism in K-12 education in the United States. While it has been widely celebrated as a positive development in U.S. educational language policy, it is important to consider to what extent marginalized students benefit from this initiative. This critical…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Elementary Secondary Education
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Tarone, Elaine – Modern Language Journal, 2013
The topic of this "Perspectives" column is "Requiring a Proficiency Level as a Requirement for U.S. K-12 Teacher Licensure." In 1998, the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) began to work with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which accredits teacher education programs…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Teachers
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Ardasheva, Yuliya; Tretter, Thomas R. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
As the school-aged English language learner (ELL) population continues to grow in the United States and other English-speaking countries, psychometrically sound instruments to measure their language learning strategies (LLS) become ever more critical. This study adapted and validated an adult-oriented measure of LLS (50-item "Strategy…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies, Measures (Individuals)
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Aoki, Michele Anciaux – Modern Language Journal, 2013
Bridid M. Burke poses an interesting question: Is requiring high-stakes language proficiency tests really going to improve world language education? In her article, Dr. Burke shares testimonials from "several promising student teachers" [whose] dreams of being French, German, or Spanish teachers [were] crushed" based on not…
Descriptors: Role, Language Proficiency, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Tedick, Diane J. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In her paper, Burke questions whether top-down proficiency mandates will positively impact teacher practice. Her main argument is the following: The requirement that foreign language (FL) teachers demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency does not guarantee that they will be more effective K-12 FL teachers; on this point, the author agrees with…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs
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Burke, Brigid M. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
Brigid Burke is the program coordinator of World Language Education at her university, which is housed in the College of Education and Human Development. Since obtaining this position 4 years ago, she has become most concerned about certain recommendations that were made by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2002,…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Certification
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Fischer, Gerhard – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In this article the author asserts that learning is about personal growth and enrichment, and at its core it is not about career determinations. Good teachers nurture their students; they encourage them to pursue their dreams, and they find ways to stimulate curiosity and dedication to lifelong learning. They do not become teachers because of…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Individual Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Career Choice
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Cammarata, Laurent; Tedick, Diane J. – Modern Language Journal, 2012
Research on immersion teaching has consistently shown that immersion teachers tend to focus on subject matter content at the expense of language teaching. The response to that research has often entailed suggestions for teachers on how better to integrate language and content in their instruction. However, missing from the discussion are rich…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Educational Change, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Erler, Lynn; Macaro, Ernesto – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This study examined the relationships between decoding ability (the ability to relate graphemes to phonemes) in French as a foreign language, self-reported use of such decoding, and dimensions of motivation, specifically self-efficacy and attribution, among young-beginner learners in England. It investigated whether these factors were related to a…
Descriptors: Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Self Efficacy, Second Language Learning, Student Motivation