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This research describes strategies used to improve student achievement in a foreign language class through the use of effective study skills. The targeted population included high school students in a first year foreign language class. Evidence for the problem of low achievement came from teacher observations, student surveys, and low assessment scores. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students were not successful in their classes due in large part to their lack of effective study skills. Students also did not know what learning strategies to use for specific tasks and chose ineffective learning strategies to help them learn the language. A review of solution strategies confirmed that students needed to receive instruction on effective language learning strategies during regular class instruction, with the teacher best suited to providing this instruction. Strategies included ones that addressed all areas of language learning (vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Over several months, students received instruction in the strategies, wrote in their journals, and completed surveys. Results showed that students were able to use the language learning strategies to achieve higher success. Students reported feeling more comfortable with the various aspects of language learning when using these language learning strategies. Language learning strategies questionnaire is appended. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High School Students, High Schools, Language Proficiency, Learning Strategies, Low Achievement, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Study Habits, Study Skills

Author: Rybicki, Amanda


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