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ERIC Number: ED012568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 0
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SOME ATTITUDINAL FACTORS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING.
FIKS, ALFRED I.
AN EXPERIMENT INVOLVING 50 YOUNG MALE U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL UNDERGOING INTENSIVE TRAINING IN RUSSIAN WAS CONDUCTED TO MEASURE THEIR ATTITUDES AND MOTIVATIONS IN LANGUAGE LEARNING. THE TESTS GIVEN THEM WERE STRUCTURED IN TERMS OF SUCH ATTITUDES AS THEIR GENERAL INTEREST, PRAGMATISM (CAREER OR MATERIAL ADVANTAGE), XENOPHILIA (IDENTIFICATION WITH OTHER CULTURES), ATTRACTION TO THE PARTICULAR CULTURE, AND COURSE SATISFACTION. A SIGNIFICANT CORRELATION WAS FOUND TO EXIST BETWEEN LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT AND ATTITUDES OF PRAGMATISM, XENOPHILIA, AND ATTRACTION TO THE CULTURE OF THE LANGUAGE STUDIED. THE SAME THREE VARIABLES WHEN USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH APTITUDE AND GENERAL INTELLIGENCE SCORES WERE FOUND RELIABLE ENOUGH TO PREDICT SUCCESS IN THE COURSE. OF LESSER IMPORTANCE WERE INTEREST IN SUBJECT MATTER AND SATISFACTION WITH THE COURSE. AS THE STUDY PROGRESSED, DECLINES IN SATISFACTION, INTEREST, AND PRAGMATIC ATTITUDES WERE NOTED BY THE TEACHERS. (OC)
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Identifiers: HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE