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Developing Spanish Online Readings Using Design-Based Research, Cristina Pardo-Ballester, Julio Cesar Rodriguez Jan 2010

Developing Spanish Online Readings Using Design-Based Research, Cristina Pardo-Ballester, Julio Cesar Rodriguez

World Languages and Cultures Publications

This article reports on the use of design-based research (DBR) in the development of online reading materials for beginning and intermediate Spanish learners. The report focuses on four studies of two main aspects of the development, namely, interface design and learner perceptions. The discussion of interface design includes the analysis of learner expectations and interface organization. The analysis of learner perceptions includes frequency of use and impact of multimedia glosses on the learning of vocabulary. Findings reveal the importance of involving learners in all aspects of materials design and development and make evident the strengths of a DBR approach to ...


The Validity Argument Of A Web-Based Spanish Listening Exam: Test Usefulness Evaluation, Cristina Pardo-Ballester Jan 2010

The Validity Argument Of A Web-Based Spanish Listening Exam: Test Usefulness Evaluation, Cristina Pardo-Ballester

World Languages and Cultures Publications

his study describes research used for supporting a validity argument for a new Spanish Listening Exam, whose scores are intended to place examinees into appropriate levels of university Spanish classes. This study contributes to the field of argument-based approaches to language assessment by implementing Bachman's (2005)Bachman, L. F. 2005. Building and supporting a case for test use. Language Assessment Quarterly, 1: 1–34. [Google Scholar] assessment use argument framework. The validity argument is supported by research providing backing for three warrants pertaining to the quality of inference that can be made on the basis of examinees' performance. These ...


The Validity Argument Of A Web-Based Spanish Listening Exam: Test Usefulness Evaluation, Cristina Pardo-Ballester Jan 2010

The Validity Argument Of A Web-Based Spanish Listening Exam: Test Usefulness Evaluation, Cristina Pardo-Ballester

World Languages and Cultures Publications

This study describes research used for supporting a validity argument for a new Spanish Listening Exam, whose scores are intended to place examinees into appropriate levels of university Spanish classes. This study contributes to the field of argument-based approaches to language assessment by implementing Bachman's (2005)Bachman, L. F. 2005. Building and supporting a case for test use. Language Assessment Quarterly, 1: 1–34. [Google Scholar] assessment use argument framework. The validity argument is supported by research providing backing for three warrants pertaining to the quality of inference that can be made on the basis of examinees' performance. These ...


Assessing Language And Content: A Functional Perspective, Bernard Mohan, Constant Leung, Tammy Slater Jan 2010

Assessing Language And Content: A Functional Perspective, Bernard Mohan, Constant Leung, Tammy Slater

English Publications

This chapter will discuss the integrated assessment of language and content (IALC), with particular reference to second language learning and use. We will address the central question of IALC: what does it mean to assess language and content in an integrated way? To put the question more specifically: what does it mean to assess how wording constructs meaning (and particularly content meaning) in text in context?


You Got The Word Now: Problematizing Vocabulary-Based Academic Language Instruction, Katherine R. Bruna, Roberta Vann, Moises P. Escudero Jan 2010

You Got The Word Now: Problematizing Vocabulary-Based Academic Language Instruction, Katherine R. Bruna, Roberta Vann, Moises P. Escudero

Education Publications

With increasing numbers of English Learners enrolling in public schools, teachers of core academic subject area classes are facing the challenge of integrating English language development into instruction. This article describes how teachers' understanding of infusing language into science teaching can shape instructional practices and consequently influence the simultaneous English language development and science learning of English Learner students.


Ways With Words: Language Play And The Science Learning Of Mexican Newcomer Adolescents., Katherine R. Bruna Jan 2010

Ways With Words: Language Play And The Science Learning Of Mexican Newcomer Adolescents., Katherine R. Bruna

Education Publications

Language Play and the Science Learning of Mexican Newcomer Adolescents.


Commentary On Gee’S “Science, Video Games, And Literacy: Situated Learning., Katherine R. Bruna Jan 2010

Commentary On Gee’S “Science, Video Games, And Literacy: Situated Learning., Katherine R. Bruna

Education Publications

A Mother and Multicultural Teacher Educator's Reflection


Towards Systematic And Sustained Formative Assessment Of Causal Explanations In Oral Interactions, Tammy Slater, Bernard Mohan Jan 2010

Towards Systematic And Sustained Formative Assessment Of Causal Explanations In Oral Interactions, Tammy Slater, Bernard Mohan

English Publications

The questions and answers in the above exchanges are common occurrences in classroom discourse: requests by the teacher for causal explanations and efforts by the students to give them. To succeed in school, students need to be able to explain causally, and teachers need to be able to assess these explanations. Students’ causal explanations allow teachers to check understandings of how and why; thus, examining the development of this type of discourse has the potential to provide a framework for formative assessment that can promote learning. Researchers and educators working from a systemic functional linguistic perspective have provided a body ...


A Summary Of Agricultural Air Quality Perceptions In Virginia, Jactone Arogo-Ogejo, Nancy K. Franz Dr., Kurt Stephenson Jan 2010

A Summary Of Agricultural Air Quality Perceptions In Virginia, Jactone Arogo-Ogejo, Nancy K. Franz Dr., Kurt Stephenson

Nancy K. Franz

As part of our project “Integrating Education and Development of a Biodegradable Litter Amendment to Mitigate Ammonia Emissions from Poultry House” funded by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, research project (#2009-55112-05214), we conducted four listening sessions on agricultural air quality with 44 agricultural agency representatives, farmers, and Extension agents/specialists, across Virginia. The purpose of the listening sessions was to gather information from the community (stakeholders) about their perceptions, concerns, what they would like to know, and who should be educated about agricultural air quality. We made a short presentation to introduce the subject and then solicited stakeholder ...


Response To Gee’S Commentary On “Ways With Words: Language Play And The Science Learning Of Mexican Newcomer Adolescents.” A 21st Century Niche For The Natural., Katherine R. Bruna Jan 2010

Response To Gee’S Commentary On “Ways With Words: Language Play And The Science Learning Of Mexican Newcomer Adolescents.” A 21st Century Niche For The Natural., Katherine R. Bruna

Education Publications

I read James Gee's response to my paper at the same time that I was beginning Sherry Turkle's (2008) book "Falling for Science: Objects in Mind." Reading Gee against the backdrop of Turkle was helpful.


The Spread Of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Carol Chapelle Jan 2010

The Spread Of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Carol Chapelle

English Publications

This paper argues that the vertical spread of computer-assisted language learning (CALL), i.e., a spread throughout language materials and curricula, makes it difficult to draw a clear distinction between CALL and other language materials. In view of the emphasis that teachers, researchers, and administrators have placed on evaluating CALL, I argue that some valuable lessons about materials evaluation can be drawn from reflection on issues in CALL evaluation. In particular, I discuss the opportunities for professionals to reconsider assumptions held about comparative research, draw upon research perspectives and methods from applied linguistics in materials evaluation, and include critical perspectives ...