Authentic experiences in Spanish
By Ester Ulate, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Creating authentic experiences in the Spanish classroom: A study on foreign language anxiety, self-efficacy, and speaking proficiency
Why this study?
In the foreign language classroom, the students need to engage in three levels of communication: interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive. Therefore, speaking proficiency is vital to communicate in the target language. But this can be very challenging when the students experience foreign language anxiety and a low level of self-efficacy.
I decided to facilitate experiences in the classroom in which students feel more confident about their own capabilities, and also less anxious when participating in the Spanish class.
What action strategies were used?
What are some results?
"During the discussion, I felt great because I enjoy talking about my future"
"No me sentía nerviosa ni asustada durante la discussion"
(I did not feel nervous or scared during the discussion)
"This discussion I felt very comfortable. I knew what I was saying, and what was being said"
"I feel the discussion went well. I was relaxed and not nervous"