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Student Goals and National Standards

 
Title
The Goals of Collegiate Learners and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning
 
Year(s)
2009-16
 
Description
A large-scale, mixed-method study, conducted in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), to investigate the alignment of postsecondary student goals with the goals of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (Standards). The study includes responses from 16,529 students at 11 postsecondary institutions across the United States, with interviews from 200 students at two of these institutions. The first research to examine learner perspectives with regard to the Standards, the study considers (a) whether college students have goals consistent with the Standards, (b) whether they expect to reach these goals during their formal language study, (c) whether these goals and expectations differ for first-year and second-year language students, (d) whether they differ for students of more and less commonly taught languages, (e) whether students understand the Standards and see the five goal areas as interrelated or in terms of hierarchies of priorities, and (f) how the Standards might encourage student reflection, especially regarding the relationships among language, culture, and thought. 
 
Research lead(s)
Sally Magnan
 
Student assistants
Shenika Harris
Colleen Hamilton
Nelly Martin
Sandra Elena Terra
 
Publications
Murphy, D., Sahakyan, N. & Magnan, S. The Goals of Collegiate Learners of Russian and the U.S. Standards for Learning Languages. In E. Dengub, I. Dubinina & J. Merrill, eds. The Art of Teaching Russian. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, forthcoming in 2017.
Magnan, S., Murphy, D. & Sahakyan, N. (2014). Goals of Collegiate Learners and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Modern Language Journal Monograph Series, Volume 98.
 
Magnan, S., Murphy, D., Sahakyan, N., & Kim, S. (2012). Student Goals, Expectations, and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Foreign Language Annals, 45, 2, 170-192.
 
Funding
U.S. Department Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program Grant (2009-13)