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American high school students' perceptions of learning a foreign lanaguage and the lasting benefits over a decade
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TitleAmerican high school students' perceptions of learning a foreign lanaguage and the lasting benefits over a decade
AuthorOldani, Vicki
Published2012
SubjectsEducation, Secondary
German language -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- United States
LocationArchives P51.O43 2012
NotesThesis (Master of Education in World Language Instruction)--Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), 2012.
Rights ManagementCopyright owned by Vicki Oldani.
LanguageEnglish
AbstractThe intent of this paper is to analyze the perceptions of former German high school students regarding second language education in an American school setting. The following questions guided the study: What are American students' perceptions of the value of learning another language? What, if any, lasting benefits do they recognize after they graduate and go on to college or join the workforce? Based on the answers to these and other questions, what should be the focus of instruction in the foreign language classroom? Using a qualitative study as a vehicle for research, student interviews provided ample responses to these questions and offered many valuable insights for foreign language instruction. The results of this study substantiated that foreign language instruction profoundly impacts the lives of American high school students both during their high school years and far beyond graduation. Most surprisingly and completely unprompted, students' responses echo the ACTFL standards. Based on this corroboration, this paper analyzes what other practitioners have said with regard to the national standards as guiding principles for foreign language teaching in the United States. It concludes by synthesizing this knowledge with the experiences of past students, and by discussing more refined guidelines of activities and practices to meet the needs of American high school students.
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