Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Johnson, Alice Marie URN etd-04102008-152426 Title The Effectiveness of Contextualization on Second Language Acquisition Using the Situational Discourse Semantic Model Degree Master of Arts (M.A.) Department Communication Sciences & Disorders Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Janet Norris Committee Chair Hugh Buckingham Committee Member Paul Hoffman Committee Member Keywords
- Situational Discourse Model
- second language acquisition
Date of Defense 2008-04-04 Availability unrestricted AbstractIn traditional classrooms a second language is taught via thematic word sets, grammatical explanations, and patterned syntactic practice. This study compared the traditional teaching approach to a scaffolded teaching approach, consisting of words taught within a narrative context. Five fifth-grade students were taught Spanish as a second language during a ten-week intervention. Vocabulary learning and sentence generation were measured following each session, as well as a pre-posttest measure. Results showed that print was an important support used by participants in the traditional condition. However across time, vocabulary learning and sentence length increased significantly more in the scaffolded condition.
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