Dr. Fernando Rubio "Blended Learning and L2 Proficiency"
Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM
B243 Wells Hall
This talk presents the results of a study comparing the proficiency and fluency gains of two groups of first-year students of Spanish at the university level. One of the groups completed two consecutive semesters of face-to- face classroom instruction in a traditional format, meeting four days a week. The second group enrolled in two semesters of beginning Spanish in a blended format that combines two face-to-face sessions per week with two “virtual days.” In addition to measuring speaking and writing proficiency levels according to the ACTFL scale, the study provides a more fine-grained, quantitative analysis of a number of features typically associated with fluency. Results show that, even though differences are not noticeable when comparing overall proficiency levels, a quantitative analysis of fluency features reveals some interesting differences between the two groups.
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