Using the online forums to integrate the standards into the foreign language curriculum

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2009-01-01
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Oskoz, Ana
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Heinle Cengage Learning
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2009
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106
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125
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This chapter reports on the work conducted in a foreign language (FL) program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County that integrates both in-class and online discussions to reflect on students in and interpret various documents and experiences. In particular, this study focuses on students in one class of Intermediate Spanish I who used asynchronous online interactions to explore, analyze, and reflect on cultural topics. Five groups of students’ online discussions were collected and analyzed through the framework of the 5 goals of the Standards. Subsequent quantitative analysis of the data showed that the online forums can become springboards for students to share, debate, and interpret information; to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures; to reflect and make connections to additional bodies of knowledge; to compare and contrast the target culture with their own; and to participate in multilingual and multicultural communities. Pedagogical suggestions to enhance the value of the discussion boards are provided at the end of the chapter.
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Oskoz, A. (2009). Using the online forums to integrate the standards into the foreign language curriculum. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 106-125. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69672
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