Power Point Technology in the Second Language Classroom

By Laurie A. Massery.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This study demonstrates that using PowerPoint in the second language classroom at the intermediate level increases grammatical success in both nominal subjunctive and in some cases, relative indicative clauses. While the results suggest that both the experimental group and comparison group performed significantly better on the posttest in nominal clauses, only the experimental group performed significantly better on the posttest in relative clauses. The data were also analyzed in terms of learnability and second language grammatical capabilities as well as in terms of implications for the L2 classroom, suggesting the need to capitalize on today’s second language learners’ ability to appreciate and absorb information with greater ease and accuracy through the use of PowerPoint technology. Language instructors are urged to incorporate PowerPoint presentations when teaching all types of grammar lessons.

Keywords: Power Point Technology, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Subjunctive

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.139-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 512.593KB).

Laurie A. Massery

Language instructor, University of Florida, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Laurie A. Massery, originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Florida in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures where she is a linguistics and language student and instructor. Her area of specialization is the syntactic development of the Spanish subjunctive in Second Language Acquisition with a primary focus on IP and CP selection in complement clauses. She is currently teaching and introductory linguistics course on Hispanic Linguistics and another course on Intensive Communication skills in Spanish. Miss Massery completed her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst also in the field of Hispanic language and linguistics.

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