ERIC Number: ED081270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Attitudes and Motivation in Second-Language Learning.
Gardner, Robert C.; Lambert, Wallace E.
This book summarizes a 12-year research program concerning foreign-language-learning aptitude and factors which influence academic achievement. Attention is centered on the matter of individual differences in skill with foreign languages, concentrating primarily on adolescents attempting to learn French or English. The studies carried out by researchers from McGill University and the University of Western Ontario give rise to a sociopsychological theory of second- or foreign-language learning. In brief, the theory maintains that the successful learner of a second language must be prepared to adopt various aspects of another linguistic and cultural group. Research approaches are summarized and integrated while the separate research reports are appended with extensive supporting data. Students from Louisiana, Maine, Connecticut, and the Philippines were involved in the research. Subject and author indexes are provided. (RL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, English, French, Instructional Program Divisions, Learning Theories, Linguistic Competence, Modern Languages, Motivation, Psychological Studies, Second Language Learning, Secondary Schools, Social Psychology, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
Newbury House Publishers, Inc., 68 Middle Road, Rowley, Mass. 01969 ($7.95)
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