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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
  • Situational Discourse Model
  • second language acquisition
Date of Defense 2008-04-04
Availability unrestricted
In 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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