The Temple Spanish department was very well represented at the 35th Annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, from September 23-24, 2016, where over a hundred presenters from North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Oceana shared their research with over 700 participants. After having completed original classroom research projects on Spanish language teaching in a doctoral seminar last spring, Chloe Lee, Ashley Shaffer, and Katie Clarkson submitted their projects to the SLRF conference and were accepted amidst strong competition. Chloe’s work profiled a native and a non-native Spanish instructors’ classroom interactions to see how this aspect of their identity, along with other pedagogical beliefs, related to their in-class correction strategies. Ashley meanwhile considered how learners’ “willingness to communicate” (participate) in Spanish varied among individuals, and between teacher-led and and small-group classroom activities. Katie’s research used survey and questionnaire data to see how her students’ self-perceptions and motivation to study Spanish changed over the course of a semester.
Lastly, Temple Spanish alumna Kara Moranski, along with current grad student Yohana Gil-Berrio, and faculty member Paul Toth presented on the social dynamics of small group interaction, and how these factors in the context of different lesson designs affected learners’ focus on target structures. Paul also gave a talk with colleague Kristin Davin of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago on the importance of social and cognitive theories of language learning for designing second language instruction.