Lecture by Andrew Cohen, Feb. 5, 2010

Communicating Gramatically: Evaluating a Learner Strategies Website for Spanish Grammar by Andrew D. Cohen, Professor, Program in Second Language Studies, University of Minnesota, presented the first of the BLC’s Spring 2010 Lecture Series, “Communicating Gramatically: Evaluating a Learner Strategies Website for Spanish Grammar,” an introduction to the Spanish Grammar Strategies website. The site is part of Professor Cohen’s ongoing research into Strategies-Based Instruction at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA).

Lecture Abstract

This project set out to determine the impact of a Spanish grammar strategy website on the 15 undergraduate learners who agreed to track their experiences with selected strategies over a period of from 6 to 8 weeks. The students’ perceptions tended to reflect positively on the website and on its potential for supporting students in remembering and using correctly various grammatical forms that had previously been problematic for them. The results of the study provided substantial evidence that students could use the strategies on the website to improve their grammatical control.


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