Language Learning and Metacognition: An Intervention to Improve Second Language Classrooms

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Description: In the USA, the trend of increase in foreign language enrollments at the college level has suddenly begun to decline since 2009, despite the notion that learning multiple languages is becoming essential for effectively communicating with others from diverse native language backgrounds. This new decline may be due in part to inefficient and outdated foreign language courses. The current study examined the effect of how we assess our current knowledge and learning techniques (metacognition) on educational outcomes in hopes to improve the effectiveness of the university classrooms. College students were exposed to new metacognitive strategies that could benefit their language learning throughout the fall 2016 semester. Specifically, students were presented with new information every other week to improve their vocabulary building, listening skills, and writing skills. Hierarchical multiple linear regression provided evidence of a potential way to measure and promote metacognitive strategies that could be useful to language learners.

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Foreign language enrollments have begun to decline since 2009 in the USA (Goldberg et al., 2015), despite the notion that learning multiple languages is an essential tool for effectively communicating with diverse native language backgrounds. This new downward trend may be due in part to inefficient and outdated teaching in foreign language courses. Current studies have surveyed if students are a...

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