Term

Spring 2018

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAESL

Facilitator(s)

Julianne Scullen

Content Expert

Rachel Loayza

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to discover what tools were available to educators to measure students’ affective filter; it further sought to adapt current tools for use in the Spanish-English dual-immersion elementary context. Research revealed that R. C. Gardner developed a measure called the Anxiety and Motivation Test Battery (AMTB) in 1985. Another measure, the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) had been developed by Horwitz, Horwitz, and Cope in 1986. For this project, these two measures were synthesized and adapted for the elementary dual- immersion context. Careful attention was given to each survey item to ensure that it was culturally relevant as well as linguistically and developmentally appropriate for students in third through fifth grades. A Spanish survey and an English survey were compiled and have been included in a resource guide. The resource guide was developed to help educators assess the strength of students’ affective filter and then plan appropriate learning experiences, which maximize students’ language learning potential.

Project Type

Diagnostic Assessment and Resource Guide

Keywords

ESL/ ELLs, Foreign Language, Teachers/ Teaching

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