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Martin-Beltran, Melinda – Modern Language Journal, 2010
Using a sociocultural theoretical lens, this study examines the nature of student interactions in a dual immersion school to analyze affordances for bilingual language learning, language exchange, and co-construction of language expertise. This article focuses on data from audio- and video-recorded interactions of fifth-grade students engaged in…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Second Language Instruction
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Taylor, Carolyn; Lafayette, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2010
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 established foreign languages as a core curricular content area; however, instructional emphasis continues to be placed on curricular areas that factor into state educational accountability programs. The present study explored whether foreign language study of first-year Grade 3 foreign language students who…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Assessment, Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning
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Donitsa-Schmidt, Smadar; Inbar, Ofra; Shohamy, Elana – Modern Language Journal, 2004
The study investigated whether changes in the educational context of teaching Arabic as a second language in Israeli schools affect students' attitudes towards the language, its speakers and culture, and motivation to study the language. These changes included teaching spoken Arabic rather than Modern Standard Arabic and lowering the starting age…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation, Experimental Groups