Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Influences on the retention of students from the first to the second semester of foreign language study at the community college level
by Bonemery, Anne M., Ed.D., American International College, 2013, 200; 3583475
Abstract (Summary)

Studies on the retention of students from one semester to another semester or one year to another year in foreign language study are scant in higher education. Furthermore, these studies are limited to research at four-year colleges and universities. This mixed methods study of first and second semester foreign language students at three community colleges in New England seeks to discover the factors that influence students to continue or not to continue to a second semester of foreign language study upon completion of the first at the two-year schools. Variables such as student gender, age, and race/ethnicity are explored to determine if they influence student decisions to continue to a second semester of foreign language study. Other variables, including curriculum design, teaching materials, and instructional strategies used in first semester foreign language classes, are investigated to determine if they are factors in student decisions to continue to a second semester of foreign language study at the community college level.

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School: American International College
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 75/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Community college education, Foreign Language, Higher education
Keywords: Community colleges, Foriegn language learning, Learning retention, New England
Publication Number: 3583475
ISBN: 9781321169911
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