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. 4, Winter

AATG Award Winners Announced
Twelve winners were announced at the annual Awards Presentation and Luncheon held by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in Chicago on November 20, 2004. AATG President Jo Sanders presided over the festive gathering that celebrated...
A Comparison of Multiple-Choice and Open-Ended Response Formats for the Assessment of Listening Proficiency in English
AbstractListening comprehension involving dynamic cognitive mental processes is invisible and can only be measured by the listeners' reconstruction of the message they have heard. The form and type of response might influence the test takers' listening...
Actfl Awards 2004
The ACTFL-MLJ Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language EducationDR. NAOKO TAGUCHIAkita International UniversityDissertation entitled "Pragmatic Performance in Comprehension and Production of English as a second...
Actfl Focuses on Future with Dynamic Strategic Plan
Effort Will Help to Keep Organization Strong, Vibrant, and RelevantAn exciting new development for ACTFL over the past several months has been beginning the process of drafting a strategic plan. While this effort is still in its early stages and very...
Announcing the ACTFL K-12 National Language Teacher of the Year Award
In celebration of 2005: The Year of Languages, ACTFL and the New Visions in Action Task Force on Teacher Recruitment and Retention are proud to announce the first annual National Language Teacher of the Year competition.Documents and procedures were...
Arabic Grows at Middlebury Program
"Prompted partially by the terrorist attacks ot September 11, 2001, the number of students at U.S. colleges who are enrolled in Arabic language courses nearly doubled from late 1998 through 2002. It's the fastest growth rate for any foreign language...
Call for Nominations of Programs for Excellence for the New Visions in Action Project
Dear Colleague,There are exciting things happening in New Visions in Action (NVA) projects, and we need your help to involve the profession and spread the word! As part of the work of the task forces, we are gathering information about exemplary programs...
Celebrating Our International Spirit ACTFL 38th Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 19-21, 2004 - Chicago, IllinoisIt started simply as a good idea, a dream of what might be: The possibility of celebrating a "Year of Languages" in the United States to focus national attention on the importance of language learning.This past...
Connections between Teacher and Student Attitudes regarding Script Choice in First-Year Japanese Language Classrooms
AbstractThis study Investigates connections between teacher and student attitudes related to the delayed (or immediate) introduction of Japanese script in the Japanese language classroom. Two groups of students completed questionnaires concerning their...
Creative Ideas to Celebrate Our International Spirit
Educators across the United States are getting energized about 2005: The Year of Languages. Creative ideas are coming from all levels-regional and state organizations, as well as classroom teachers and even students. Whether arising from an individual...
Distinguished-Level Learning Online: Support Materials from LangNet and RussNet
AbstractThis article introduces the reader to two online sources of materials for working on improving listening and reading skills. The materials are intended for learners already at Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3 (Superior) proficiency...
Effect of Using Photos from Authentic Video as Advance Organizers on Listening Comprehension in an FLES Chinese Class
AbstractTo investigate differences in achievement in foreign language listening comprehension, 61 students in a Foreign Language in an Elementary School (FLES) program were studied during instruction using video clips from authentic Chinese TV broadcasts...
FL Notes
Helpful Web Site for Foreign Language TeachersTeachers can get feedback on the way they teach by just taking an easy online test. They will also get a chart rating methodology, activities, assessment, grouping, and use of multimedia resources. Suggestions...
Get Media Savvy!
Learn how to promote language learning and reach the general public with our message.Do you have a good idea for celebrating the Year of Languages in your community?Do you know how to get the attention of your local media?Delegates to the Annual Meeting...
Help Publicize 2005: The Year of Languages by Using New PSAs
One of the most important ways we can all help get out the word about 2005: The Year of Languages is to get public service announcements (PSAs) used in local media in your community. PSAs are the cornerstone of the Year of Languages campaign; these can...
Immersion Study Abroad in Mexico: Using Repair Behaviors to Assess Proficiency Changes
AbstractRepair behavior in university-level students was investigated to determine if students who study abroad use repair behavior differently from students who do not. The Mexico group (N = 24) studied Conversational Spanish at La Salle University,...
Investigating Interviewer-Candidate Interactions during Oral Interviews for Child L2 Learners
AbstractOne common procedure for oral performance testing of Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) learners is one-on-one interviewing wherein the interviewer asks questions and the child candidate responds to them. While existing research...
JUST CLICK HERE: ACTFL Announces Newly Redesigned Web Site
The official Web site for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)-found online at http://www.actfl.org-has undergone a major redesign to better serve our membership and to educate the general public on the importance of foreign...
Listening Comprehension Strategies: A Review of the Literature
AbstractNumerous studies related to listening comprehension strategies have been published in the past two decades. The present study seeks to build upon two previous reviews of listening comprehension strategies research. Of particular interest in this...
Lost in Translation: Experts Hope to Educate Chicago on Other Languages
From "Lost in Translation: Experts hope to educate Chicago on other languages," ABC Channel 7, 5 p.m. newscast, 11/17/04."On the Magnificent Mile at Pearson Street in front of Water Tower Place the sights were typical but the sounds were very foreign....
Message from the President
Dear Colleagues,The ACTFL convention in Chicago this past November was a tremendous venue for interacting with thousands of language educators in dozens of ways-from the extraordinary Opening General Session with the debut of our new public service announcement...
Message from the President-Elect
Dear ACTFL Members:Another outstanding convention is behind us; an exciting yearlong celebration begins. ACTFL and its member organizations have begun the kickoff to 2005: The Year of Languages. Never before in ACTFLs history have we had so much to anticipate...
Milestones
Abbott Named ACTFL Director of EducationMarty Abbott has joined ACTFEs staff as Director of Education. Abbott was ACTFL president in 2003 and recently served as director of high school instruction and K-12 curriculum services for Fairfax County (VA)...
NATIONAL LANGUAGE POLICY SUMMIT: An American Plan for Action
January 10-11,2005Focusing and expanding America's language education policy is a top priority of the 2005: The Year of Languages initiative. To begin this process, leaders in education, business, and government are gathering together in January to share...
Ongoing Assessment of a University Foreign Language Program
AbstractThis paper reviews the process a university foreign language department went through in developing a procedure to assess its curriculum using the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and, to a lesser extent, the National Standards, as guiding principles...
Practical Ways to Integrate Literature into Spanish for International Business Courses
AbstractIn general, language for business courses do not include the study of literary texts, despite significant research that demonstrates the value of literature as a way to gain competence in a foreign culture. Carefully selected, adapted, and programmed...
Promoting World Languages in Middle School: The Achievement Connection
AbstractDo world language students exhibit higher achievement than students who choose not to study a language? This study sought the answer to this question by comparing standardized test scores of language students with those of non-foreign-language...
Validating AP Modern Foreign Language Examinations through College Comparability Studies
AbstractIn 2002, nearly 100,000 high school students took one of the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) language examinations in French, German, or Spanish. One way in which the validity of these exams is ensured is through periodic college comparability...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.