Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


This action research project attempted to determine the best practices in teaching a foreign language to high school students. In order to determine these best practices, the researcher read literature and studies that had been previously conducted with foreign language students. This study attempted to determine if students would learn better in the context of real-life communication rather than overt grammatical lectures. Students were given a pre- and post-test to determine whether or not their levels of language acquisition and grammatical understanding improved over the course of the study. The results of the study revealed that more time is needed to show evidence of true improvement in language acquisition or grammatical understanding. The study results did indicate that the more time spent in the study of a foreign language, the more true language acquisition will take place.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education