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. 38, No. 2, Summer

100 DAYS-100 LANGUAGES ACTFL Builds Testing Capability for the Department of Defense ACTFL's Answer to the United Nations
In 2002, the Defense Language Institute (DLI) of Monterey, CA, contracted with ACTFL to provide tester training and testing support for the DLI and other Department of Defense agencies involved in national security. The first objective of the contract...
2005: THE YEAR OF LANGUAGES: EXCITING EVENTS CONTINUE throughout Spring and Summer
As we reach the midpoint of the year, it is clear that the nationwide campaign known as "2005: The Year of Languages' has been an unqualified success. From coast to coast and all points between and beyond, this initiative has flourished throughout the...
Acquisition of Japanese as a Foreign Language through a Baseball Video Game
Abstract:Video games have become increasingly more popular and more technologically advanced. This one-month study used interview, observation, self-report, and reading and listening test data to demonstrate and investigate how one intermediate Japanese-as-a-foreign-language...
African-American Students' Opinions about Foreign Language Study: An Exploratory Study of Low Enrollments at the College Level
Abstract:Persistent low numbers of African Americans in the foreign language teacher certification program at the University of Texas at Austin motivated the study reported here. Two groups of students responded to a questionnaire that sought information...
Anxiety and the True Beginner-False Beginner Dynamic in Beginning French and Spanish Classes
Abstract:This study considered true beginners and false beginners in first-semester university French and Spanish classes to: (a) determine whether true beginners and false beginners differ in anxiety, grades, and plans to continue language study; and...
A Study of Spanish II High School Students' Discourse during Group Work
Abstract:Group work offers a viable alternative to the teacher-centered, direct instructional model. However, many teachers have been reluctant to incorporate extensive group work into their teaching repertoire, citing concerns about the amount of English...
Behaviors and Attitudes of Effective Foreign Language Teachers: Results of a Questionnaire Study
Abstract:This article reports on a study of teacher perceptions concerning teaching behaviors and attitudes that contribute to effective foreign language teaching and learning. The data were collected by means of a questionnaire to which 457 postsecondary...
Blueprint for Action on Language Education
Managing Editor's note.The following excerpt was taken from the full version of the Blueprint for Action-The next steps from the National Language Policy Summit held in January at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [See Spring 2005 issue...
Communication, Culture, and Curiosity: Using Target-Culture and Student-Generated Art in the Second Language Classroom
Abstract:Studying art from the target culture and student creation of original artwork in the second language (L2) classroom have many benefits. Both provide a springboard for discussion of the culture(s) under study as well as one's own. These activities...
FL Notes
Guiding Principles Available for Public Comment-The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is pleased to announce that the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education are available in draft form for public comment. You can find more information and...
GLOBE Joins with ACTFL to Promote Content-Based Language Study around the World
GLOBE is a cooperative effort of schools, led in the United States by a Federal interagency program supported by NASA, NSF, and the U.S. State Department, in partnership with colleges and universities, state and local school systems, and nongovernment...
International and Foreign Language Studies Act of 2005 May Mean Important Changes to Higher Education Act, Spending Increases
Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS)-co-chairs of the 2005: The Year of Languages Honorary Council-are introducing the International and Foreign Languages Studies Act of 2005. Below is a description of the changes this important legislation...
Kentucky Virtual High School Charters First Virtual Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
Kentucky Virtual High School, an online provider of high school classes to more than 2,000 students-including 200 world language students-has chartered the nation's first virtual chapter of the Sodedad Honoraria Hispdnica and has inducted six outstanding...
Mcdougal Littell to Sponsor Actfl National Language Teacher of the Year Award
ACTFL and publisher McDougal Littell, a division of Houghton Mifflin Company, have announced that McDougal Littell will be the exclusive sponsor of a new annual award to be offered by ACTFL.At the November 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition in Baltimore,...
Message from the President
Dear Language Colleagues:Have you experienced the excitement? 2005: Year of Languages has built the most incredible momentum throughout the country! The Year of Languages Web site, http://www.yearoflanguages.org, is updated daily with descriptions of...
More on Caption Use: A Response to Stewart and Pertusa/Responding to Markham's Comments
CONTINUING COMMENTARYPaul MarkhamUniversity of KansasIn the Fall 2004 issue of Foreign Language Annals, Stewart and Pertusa added to the body of literature supporting the value of captions in enhancing target language vocabulary recognition. Their research...
National Commission on Study Abroad Seeks Public Comment
Distinguished panel to study and recommend a program to dramatically increase study abroad by U. S. college studentsThe Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program was established to make recommendations to dramatically increase...
Recasting the Foreign Language Requirement through Study Abroad: A Cultural Immersion Program in Avignon
Abstract:Given the decline in French majors and enrollments in French junior year study abroad programs, educators have increasingly turned to short-term study abroad for first- and second-year students. These programs can motivate students fulfilling...
Should the Modern Language Aptitude Test Be Used to Determine Course Substitutions for and Waivers of the Foreign Language Requirement?
Abstract:Colleges and universities often permit students classified as learning disabled (LD) and other students not classified as LD to substitute courses for or waive the foreign language requirement. The Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) has become...
Spanish for Working Medical Professionals: Linguistic Needs
Abstract:This qualitative case study examined the Spanish linguistic needs of working health care professionals. Data from observation field notes, interviews, document analysis, and member checks were coded, triangulated, and analyzed following the...
Teacher Certification Praised in Recent Study
Students learn more from certified teachers than they do from uncertified teachers, even when the uncredentialecl teachers are Teach For America (TFA) recruits from some of the nation's top colleges, a Stanford University research team concluded from...
The Defense Language Transformation Roadmap: A MAJOR GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXPERTISE
In one the most momentous developments to happen for language learning in the United States, the Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced a major initiative to develop foreign language and cultural expertise among its military and civilian members.Recent...
Two Sides of the Communicative Coin: Honors and Nonhonors French and Spanish Classes in a Midwestern High School
Abstract:This study compares the instructional practices in honors and nonhonors French and Spanish classes at a Midwestern high school, as well as factors influencing those practices. The researcher observed 54 class sessions and used questionnaires...
Upcoming Events: CALENDAR
JulyJuly 7-10, 2005American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) 79th Annual Convention: "Le Français: langue de la Diversité," Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Information: http://www.frenchteachers.org/convention/default.htm; e-mail: Margot Steinhart...
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