Foreign Language Education: Methods of Effective Instruction in the Foreign Language Classroom

Ashley Nicole Jacobs

Document Type Article

Abstract

This thesis compares the various methods of teaching a foreign language. With the growing diversity of the population of the United States, it is becoming increasingly important for students to expand their knowledge of languages beyond English. Foreign language study has a number of benefits, including the promotion of effective communication and the construction of relationships with those from other countries and cultures. While there are a number of factors that influence effective foreign language acquisition, the factor that will be explored in this thesis is foreign language education methodology. This thesis will present seven methods of teaching foreign language and will analyze those methods using the goal areas and standards developed by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages.