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. 39, No. 3, Fall

Advanced Proficiency for Foreign Language Teacher Candidates: What Can We Do to Help Them Achieve This Goal?
Abstract:This article examines various issues related to the development of advanced proficiency by foreign language teacher candidates with the goal of providing information and strategies for teacher educators and administrators at the university level....
Current Perceptions and Beliefs among Incoming College Students towards Foreign Language Study and Language Requirements
Abstract:Opinions of foreign language study, as well as attitudes toward specific cultures and languages, influence student motivation and success. The purpose of the present study is to catalogue and report the perceptions and attitudes of recent incoming...
Language Learning and Its Impact on the Brain: Connecting Language Learning with the Mind through Content-Based Instruction
Abstract:Cognitive sciences are discovering many things that educators have always intuitively known about language learning. However, the important point is actively using this new information to improve both student learning and current teaching practices....
Learning Styles-Making Too Many "Wrong Mistakes": A Response to Castro and Peck/AUTHOR'S RESPONSE
The notion that attention to students' learning styles is useful for classroom teaching has been proposed by educators for more than 40 years (Willingham, 2005). The learning styles concept is based on the premise that "differences in individual processing...
Meeting the Challenge of Tomorrow
Today's employees need to speak more than one language and function in more than one culture. That is the message from Michael Eskew, Chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service (UPS), as he addressed the December 2005 States Institute, a gathering of...
Stepping out of the Comfort Zone: Profiles of Third-Year Spanish Students' Attempts to Develop Their Speaking Skills
Abstract:This qualitative study focused on the learning experiences of four third-year Spanish students enrolled in a college-level Spanish composition and conversation course. The study provided insights into the impact of expanding out-of-class opportunities...
Teachers' Use of English in Communicative German Language Classrooms: A Qualitative Analysis
Abstract:The use of English by foreign language teachers is a matter of much controversy. Whereas language switching by English-speaking foreign language teachers has been the focus of previous research, relatively little is known about the amount of...
Teaching to the Masses: The Design and Implementation of a Large Lecture Hispanic Culture Course
Abstract:Due to an increase in enrollment in upper-level Spanish classes that posed staffing problems, the Spanish section of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee decided to combine three sections...
The Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA): Connecting Assessment to Instruction and Learning
Abstract:This article reports on Beyond the OPI: Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) Design Project, a three-year (1997-2000) research initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education International Research and Studies Program. The primary...
Using Big Books: A Standards-Based Instructional Approach for Foreign Language Teacher Candidates in a PreK-12 Program
Abstract:Foreign language teacher candidates learn to bring literacy in second languages (L2s) to children through a standards-based task in which they develop a thematic instructional unit, implement the lessons in foreign language enrichment classes...
Who Is Studying Arabic and Why? A Survey of Arabic Students' Orientations at a Major University
Abstract:This study investigates the initial motivation of learners of Arabic as a foreign language (AFL). One hundred and twenty students enrolled in first-year and second-year AFL classes participated in this study. The participants were classified...
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