Educational Linguistics

Foreign Language Proficiency in Higher Education

Editors: Winke, Paula, Gass, Susan M. (Eds.)

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  • Is the first full length volume on higher-education foreign language proficiency
  • Synthesizes national and international needs for language proficiency gains
  • Provides and overview of the unique assessment plans for monitoring and promoting proficiency
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This volume comprises of chapters that deal with language proficiency relating to a wide range of language program issues including curriculum, assessment, learners and instructors, and skill development. The chapters cover various aspects of a broad-based proficiency initiative, focusing on numerous aspects of foreign language learning, including how skills develop, how assessments can inform curriculum, how learners and instructors view proficiency and proficiency assessment, and how individual use of technology furthers language learning. The concluding chapter points the way forward for issues and questions that need to be addressed.

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“This collection provides a long-overdue update of one of the most enduring concepts in foreign language education of the past three decades: proficiency. The 16 chapters demonstrate how proficiency continues to inspire and anchor insightful SLA research designs, flexible frameworks for curricular innovation, meaningful assessment, and relevant professional development in postsecondary foreign language education. This volume will undoubtedly attract a broad readership, including SLA researchers, curriculum experts, test developers, teacher trainers, language program directors, and administrators. The insights will energize them in their shared commitment to optimize collegiate foreign language learning and thus to better serve our field’s most important stakeholder: the student in the undergraduate language classroom.” (Per Urlaub, Middlebury College, VT, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Proficiency Testing in the U.S. Context: An Introduction

    Gass, Susan M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • The Power of Performance-Based Assessment: Languages As a Model for the Liberal Arts Enterprise

    Rifkin, Benjamin

    Pages 15-21

  • Vocabulary Size, Reading Proficiency and Curricular Design: The Case of College Chinese, Russian and Spanish

    Hacking, Jane F. (et al.)

    Pages 25-44

  • Picking Up the PACE: Proficiency Assessment for Curricular Enhancement

    Soneson, Dan (et al.)

    Pages 45-70

  • Assessment and Curriculum for Heritage Language Learners: Exploring Russian Data

    Kagan, Olga (et al.)

    Pages 71-91

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-01006-5
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01005-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foreign Language Proficiency in Higher Education
Editors
  • Paula Winke
  • Susan M. Gass
Series Title
Educational Linguistics
Series Volume
37
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01006-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01006-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01005-8
Series ISSN
1572-0292
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 318
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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