Project Title:
The Pathways to Linguistic Success

Project Description:
This project strives to identify the most successful combination of learning support systems that ensures the quickest and most effective means of acquiring and maintaining language proficiency. The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures (CSLC) at Notre Dame proposes to use ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) to gauge language acquisition and retention among undergraduate students over the course of their university career. Students entering the University in Fall 2015 and electing to major/minor in one of four Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)—Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—will be tested 18 times in total and surveyed four times a year for four years. The data collected in this study will be invaluable in not only measuring language acquisition and retention at Notre Dame but also assessing foreign language education in general.

The CSLC is interested in collaborating with other universities to do similar studies on their campus. The hope is to gather information that is not only university-specific but can help all foreign language educators and centers.

Organizer Name:
Brian Ó Conchubhair

Organizer's Contact Information:
329 DeBartolo Hall,
University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Organizer's Departmental and University Affiliation:
Associate Professor & Director of Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures,
University of Notre Dame