Date of Award

12-1993

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Rose Mary Gray

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to look at various teaching methods that promote second language acquisition. Research suggests that students need intrinsic motivation in order to master a second language. That is, relevance and interest in the curriculum, and the experiences of success in attempts to learn the material.

Through observations of a high school's French classes over a three month period, informal interviews with the instructors and a student questionnaire, I gathered information on what facilitates second language learning in the classroom. I gained insights from experienced, dedicated teachers and from students themselves. It is for them that a positive, facilitative environment in the classroom is recommended. By offering them tools of communication and understanding we empower them as individuals and citizens.

I hope readers find this study helpful and interesting in exploring other facets of second language teaching. Languages are bridges of communication between people and cultures.

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