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ERIC Number: ED094578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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Differences Between Attitudes of French-American and German-Canadian Speakers Toward the Foreign Culture.
Prokop, Manfred
The hypothesis that monolingual and bilingual German-Canadian speakers differ in their attitudes toward German language and culture and in their achievement in the study of German was tested. The results were compared to those obtained by Gardner and Lambert in their French-American studies, in which it was found that home language background is the distinctive criterion which permits discrimination between the attitudes of monolinguals and bilinguals with respect to a foreign culture. For the questionnaire used in this study, seven attitude scales found in the work of L.A. Jacobovits were rewritten to fit the context of German language study. The questionnaire was administered in October, 1972, to 50 students in Beginning and Intermediate German at the University of Alberta, Canada. The results demonstrated that the home language background effect on student attitudes was not operative in the German-Canadian investigation. It was also shown that those students who, regardless of their home language background, held favorable attitudes toward German language and culture had the highest achievement in German. (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Canada; United States