A Comparison of Vocabulary Banks and Scripts on Native English-speaking Students’ Acquisition of Italian Page: I
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Dean, Brittany L. A comparison of vocabulary banks and scripts on native
English-speaking students' acquisition of Italian. Master of Science (Behavior Analysis),
May 2012, 96 pp., 5 tables, 9 figures, references, 47 titles.
The study applied behavior analytic principles to foreign language instruction in a
college classroom. Two study methods, vocabulary banks and scripts, were compared by
assessing the effects on Italian language acquisition, retention, and generalization.
Results indicate that students without prior exposure to Italian engaged in more
exchanges and emitted more words in script tests compared to vocabulary bank tests.
Participants with at least two classes in Italian prior to the study engaged in more
exchanges and emitted more words during vocabulary bank tests. Data suggest that
different teaching strategies may work for different learners. More research is needed to
determine efficient teaching methods and how to ascertain which approaches work best
for learners with different histories.
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Dean, Brittany L. A Comparison of Vocabulary Banks and Scripts on Native English-speaking Students’ Acquisition of Italian, thesis, May 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc115066/m1/2/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .