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AAUSC SPOTLIGHT: The link between interaction and proficiency in dual language immersion

  • 21 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
  • Conv Center 25B

Lucia Rubio, U of Utah
Fernando Rubio

The Link Between Interaction and Proficiency in Dual Language Immersion


Although much has been written about effective approaches to language teaching, there is relatively little research that actually looks at the correlation between certain approaches or techniques and their effect on students' proficient gains. 
This presentation describes a study that analyzes classroom discourse and interaction to try to identify pedagogical approaches and techniques that are most conducive to gains in proficiency. Using a modified version of the Communicative Orientation of Language Teaching (COLT) scheme (Spada & Frðhlich, 1995), the researchers conducted a detailed analysis of interactions in a number of 3rd-grade Spanish Dual Language Immersion classrooms. They then correlated the results of the observation analysis with students' scores on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). The presentation discusses the results of the analysis and potential implications for classroom teaching.

Learning and teaching


Pre K - grade 12


10:00:00 AM

10:20:00 AM

San Diego Convention Center   Room: Room 25B

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