This research paper examines a few of the factors that promote successful teaching and learning of a second language. Specifically, I try to determine the best methods for engaging students in meaningful language acquisition. I review the impact of class schedules in a modified block plan as it applies to language learning, instruction and retention. Finally, I discuss the use of homework and its effectiveness as a tool for language learning within the constraints of a block schedule. My qualitative research took place in my ninth grade classrooms of first year Spanish students during a period of one year. The high school is found in the southern region of the greater metropolitan area of Portland in a predominately middle class community. The racial mix of the community is largely Caucasian, with less than 7 percent of the city's population being comprised of other races.
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