ERIC Number: ED347790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Context on the Composition and Role of Orientations in Second Language Acquisition.
Kruidenier, Bastian G.; Clement, Richard
A Canadian study of student orientation (integrative, instrumental, or other) and its relationship to second language learning motivation and sociocultural factors in the learning environment is discussed. The study compared the orientations and stated reasons for studying a second language of over 800 grade 11 students with data on three sociocultural factors: ethnolinguistic group (anglophone and francophone), the sociopolitical status of the target language (official French or English vs. minority Spanish), and the cultural composition of the milieu (unicultural or multicultural). The results indicate that students are motivated by several relatively specific and concrete orientations simultaneously, and that the relative importance of these several orientations varies according to the structural factors in the learning environment. The report discusses the implications of these findings for changes in current models of second language acquisition and teaching practice. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Environment, English, Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, French, Grade 11, High School Students, High Schools, Learning Motivation, Minority Group Influences, Second Language Learning, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Influences, Spanish, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.