Foreign Language Annals

Foreign Language Annals is a quarterly journal that was founded in 1967. It is published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The journal is dedicated to the advancement of foreign language teaching and learning. It has a circulation of about 11,000 subscribers, most of whom are foreign language instructors. The publication is edited by Leslie L. Schrier with the help of managing editor, Jennifer Henriquez.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Summer

Achieving Affective and Behavioral Outcomes in Culture Learning: The Case for Ethnographic Interviews
Abstract:This study sought to extend previous research on ethnographic interviews as a method of culture learning in foreign language classes by employing a qualitative case study methodology. Fifty-four university students in a first-year Spanish course...
Actfl Press
Experts from ACTFL are often interviewed by mayor news organizations for our educated perspective on foreign language issues. Although we do not have control over precisely what gets printed (or left out), we are always glad to be consulted when languages...
A Statewide Professional Development Program for California Foreign Language Teachers
Abstract:The California Foreign Language Project (CFLP), established in 1988, is a voluntary professional development program designed to improve and expand elementary, secondary, and postsecondary foreign language teaching in California. CFLP consists...
Authentic Education Helps Educators Clarify Goals, Create Assessments
It can be challenging to bring about change in education-even when it is recognized that change is what is needed. Where to begin? What to do? How to be certain that students' needs will be at the center of any improvements?Authentic Education (AE)-a...
First-Language English Declining
It may he time to brush up un your Mandarin. According to one new study, the percentage of the global population that grew up speaking English as its first language is declining. In addition, an increasing number of people now speak more than one language....
FL Notes
Report on FL Enrollments Available-In September 2003, the Modern Language Association (MLA) finished compiling the figures from its 2002 survey of foreign language enrollments in United States institutions of higher education. This latest survey is the...
Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) SIG
In its second year of existence, the FLES SIG has well over 100 active members to date! We want to encourage all early language teachers to attend the ACTFL Fall conference to be held at the Chicago Hilton, November 19-21, 2004. If last year's conference...
Foreign Language Teachers' Perceptions of Students' Academic Skills, Affective Characteristics, and Proficiency: Replication and Follow-Up Studies
Abstract:Two studies explore the relationship between foreign language teachers' perceptions of their students' academic skills and affective characteristics and their native language skills, foreign language aptitude, and oral and written foreign language...
Implementing a Culture Portfolio Project within a Constructivist Paradigm
Abstract:This article illustrates a step-by-step hypothesis refinement activity that is consistent with constructivist pedagogies and the perception of culture learning as a process of discovery. Postsecondary students identified stereotypes about the...
Implications of Using Case Study Instruction in a Foreign/Second Language Methods Course
Abstract:To dale, very little has been written about what kind of experiences foreign and second language teachers had during their preservice teaching internships and the implications of these experiences on the quality of foreign and second language...
Literary Discussions and Advanced Speaking Functions: Researching the (Dis) Connection
Abstract:This study investigated the discourse of class discussion in the advanced undergraduate Spanish literature course. Motivating this study was the need for research to determine how discussion in advanced undergraduate literature courses provides...
Literature in Lower-Level Courses: Making Progress in Both Language and Reading Skills
Abstract:This research project investigated the role of the literary text in intermediate reading instruction in an attempt to address the question of how instructors can integrate literary selections into all levels of language instruction. Specifically,...
Looking Forward to 2005: The Year of Languages
Join with us as we prepare to celebrate the benefits and value of language learning! Educators across the country recognize that there has never been a better time to focus public attention on the personal, professional and cultural benefits of gaming...
Meet Your New ACTFL Executive Council Members
The 15-member Executive Council is the governing body of ACTFL and helps create the leaders that guide the future of our organization. Ten council members are elected by the members, and five are appointed by the five regional foreign language organizations....
Message from the President
Dear Colleagues,The last few months have been quite busy and very rewarding. I've had the opportunity to talk with many of you about the exciting plans for The Year of Languages at SCOLT, SWCOLT, CSC, NECTFL, NCOLCTL, and JNCL/NCLIS meetings. Your ideas...
Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: A Lexical Input Processing Approach
Abstract:This article discusses the importance of vocabulary in second language acquisition (SLA), presents an overview of major strands of research on vocabulary acquisition, and discusses five principles for effective second language (L2) vocabulary...
Spanish Teacher Named Oregon's Teacher of the Year 2004
Catie Thurber-Brown, Spanish teacher at Tigard High School, has been selected Oregon Teacher of the Year for 2004. In this role, she will be the spokesperson for Oregon teachers. She will also represent Oregon in competition for National Teacher of the...
Teachers of African-American Students SIG
To inspire each other, the members of this SIG could inform each other of their efforts to enhance instruction for our students. To let us know what you have been doing for students or for the teachers who teach them, please email or write to: l.wilberschied@csuohio.edu...
The Effects of Japanese Heritage Language Maintenance on Scholastic Verbal and Academic Achievement in English
Abstract:This article investigates the effects of the maintenance of Japanese as a heritage language on English and overall academic achievement. The interrelationships among Japanese oral and writing proficiency, SAT I Verbal, SAT I, and high school...
The Homestay Component of Study Abroad: Three Perspectives
Abstract:Although the "homestay" has long been considered a key factor in the study abroad experience, it is one of the least examined components of foreign study. In an effort to explore this issue from various perspectives, this study targeted several...
The Relationship between Foreign Language Anxiety and Learning Difficulties
Abstract:This study investigated the possible existence of causal links between anxiety and language learning difficulties by using the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) (Horwitz, Horwitz, & Cope, 1986) to examine anxiety and the Foreign...
The Status of Whole Language, Phonemic Awareness, and the Value of Implicit Instruction: Comments on Shen/AUTHOR'S RESPONSE
Stephen KrashenUniversity of Southern CaliforniaI have several comments on Hwei-Jiun Shen's "The Role of Explicit Instruction in EFL/ESL Teaching" (FLA, Shen, 2003, 36[3]).1. Shen argued that California fourth graders' low scores on a national reading...
Wings, Waves and Wheels: 13th Annual CT COLT Rhyme Celebration
On Wednesday, March 3, 2004, West Woods Upper Elementary School of Farmington, CT hosted the 13th Annual CT COLT Rhyme Celebration at I.A.R. Middle School to a full house of 218 students from 27 Connecticut schools, 42 teachers and administrators, plus...
Wyoming Establishes K-6 Foreign Languages Statewide
A new law passed in March and signed into law in April guarantees all elementary students in Wyoming the opportunity to learn a foreign language. The bill will give the Wyoming Department of Education $5 million to pilot K-6 languages in the state by...