A Corpus-Based Approach to Gerundial and Infinitival Complementation in Spanish ESL Writing Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title A Corpus-Based Approach to Gerundial and Infinitival Complementation in Spanish ESL Writing

Creator

  • Author: Mbuye, Kanku Lisette
    Creator Type: Personal

Contributor

  • Chair: Williams, Lawrence
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Koop, Marie-Christine
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Vigil, Donny A.
    Contributor Type: Personal

Publisher

  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas

Date

  • Creation: 2011-05

Language

  • English
  • French

Description

  • Content Description: This exploratory case study aims to develop a set of best practices for integrating online discussion forums into the foreign language curriculum, focusing specifically on a group of learners in an advanced French grammar course at a large, public U.S. university. During a period of two months, 26 participants completed a series of tasks designed to provide three different types of data: 1) exploration and analysis of interactional, linguistic, and social features of Web forum discourse; 2) participation in Web forums; and 3) feedback from students. Since the feedback received from two questionnaires was ultimately the most consistent and reliable type of data collected, this study focuses on students' participation patterns and their perceptions of Web forums as a communication space having the potential to provide opportunities for learning French. Although some students indicated that they would neither consider visiting a French-language Web forum nor actually visit one, in both cases, more than half of the participants who completed these questionnaires indicated that they would both consider visiting a French-language Web forum and might actually visit one. Since encouraging students to use French beyond the classroom and to engage in the lifelong use of French for personal enrichment (following the Communities standard of the U.S. Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century), at least one goal of this study-the main goal-has been partially achieved.

Subject

  • Keyword: Computer-mediated communication
  • Keyword: second language learning
  • Keyword: French

Collection

  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Rights

  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Mbuye, Kanku Lisette
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc68012

Degree

  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: French
  • Academic Department: Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas

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