Location

Room 217

Proposal Track

Research Project

Session Format

Presentation

Abstract

This quantitative, comparable study examined student achievement in online and traditional on-campus college level courses in SPAN 1001 and SPAN 1002 through an ex-post facto model of study. This area of study yielded little research and provided a unique view into course achievement. In this particular study, there were two types of final exams examined, the final oral exam and the final written exam. The study took place at a two-year college in middle Georgia. The student population included college level students that enrolled in the courses over a six-semester period. The students varied in age, previous foreign language background, sex, race, and responsibilities outside of college. The exams were the same for both the online and on-campus courses and covered materials taught in the course. In addition, the exams were tied to level and instruction of each course. Once the data were collected, two independent samples t-tests were performed. The study found that students in SPAN 1001 did have comparable scores on the final oral exam and on the written exam. However, students in SPAN 1002 did not have comparable scores on the oral final exam but scores were comparable on the final written exam. The implications of the study included offering more courses online settings.

Keywords

Online instruction, Spanish, Foreign language, CALL, College level

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Nov 25 2014

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A Comparison of Student Achievement in the Second Language Acquisition of Spanish in Both Total Online and Traditional College Level Courses

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This quantitative, comparable study examined student achievement in online and traditional on-campus college level courses in SPAN 1001 and SPAN 1002 through an ex-post facto model of study. This area of study yielded little research and provided a unique view into course achievement. In this particular study, there were two types of final exams examined, the final oral exam and the final written exam. The study took place at a two-year college in middle Georgia. The student population included college level students that enrolled in the courses over a six-semester period. The students varied in age, previous foreign language background, sex, race, and responsibilities outside of college. The exams were the same for both the online and on-campus courses and covered materials taught in the course. In addition, the exams were tied to level and instruction of each course. Once the data were collected, two independent samples t-tests were performed. The study found that students in SPAN 1001 did have comparable scores on the final oral exam and on the written exam. However, students in SPAN 1002 did not have comparable scores on the oral final exam but scores were comparable on the final written exam. The implications of the study included offering more courses online settings.