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Keywords

Active learning; Spanish language--Study and teaching (Middle school);

Abstract

The journal article, "Pictures, John Travolta moves, and Sign Language: Active Learning Techniques to Teach Spanish Vocabulary," discusses the experiences 8th grade Spanish students had while using three instructional practices for learning vocabulary. Active learning strategies are a popular method for educators, especially those at the middle level. Educators can get their students active in learning by doing many different things. Pictures, "silly signs," and sign language were used to engage my students in learning fourteen Spanish vocabulary words.

Three groups of Spanish exploratory classes were the subjects in this study. Each of the three groups received instruction using one of the three methods (pictures, "silly signs," or sign language). The results of the three methods were compared to determine if one was more successful than another. After using one of .the active learning techniques, each group was assessed through a post-test, and an attitude survey was administered. Although no significant difference among the student groups was noted in test scores, the attitudes of the students did vary among the groups.

Year of Submission

2003

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Donna H. Schumacher-Douglas

Comments

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Original copy missing pages 22-23.

Date Original

2003

Object Description

1 PDF file (iv, 58 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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