Increasing student oral proficiency in a secondary foreign language classroom
The primary question that this capstone explores is: How do fluency-building activities and assessment strategies affect students' oral proficiency in the secondary Spanish classroom? A secondary focus evaluates the success of classroom strategies to improve the students' oral proficiency when considering the fluency of their language. The researcher completed a mixed methods action research study in a secondary Spanish classroom. Three interventions were identified as strategies to incorporate more communication in the target language during regular classroom activities: utilizing more verbal activities in the classroom teaching commonly used classroom phrases and implementing a token economy using H-cards to reward the spoken Spanish during activities. Oral assessments were also used to measure the oral fluency of the participants. Results suggest that classroom procedures, additional oral activities and oral assessments supported improved fluency among the most participants. Results data, activities and assessments utilized are included.
Scheiber, Lydia M., "Increasing student oral proficiency in a secondary foreign language classroom" (2012). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 925.