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How computer-mediated communication and integrated performance assessment can increase motivation in a high school foreign language classroom





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The research question addressed in this capstone is, how can computer--mediated communication and Integrated Performance Assessment support teacher--specific motivational strategies in a high school foreign language classroom? It begins with an exploration of student motivation in respect to foreign language learning, then, narrows the focus to Do_rnyei and Csize_r's teacher-specific macrostrategies for student motivation. In light of the macrostrategies, computer-mediated communication and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language's (ACTFL) Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) are explored in the research as to their potential for supporting student motivation. What results is a supplementary curriculum grounded in ACTFL's Integrated Assessment Protocol that incorporates computer-mediated communication in the process of demonstrating interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational competencies on the IPA. The supplementary curriculum is intended to complement the author's existing mandated district curriculum and summative assessments.

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