ERIC Number: ED158574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Good Language Learner. Research in Education Series No. 7.
Naiman, N.; And Others
This study is intended to help experienced practitioners and student teachers gain a systematic understanding of language learning. Part I is a general introduction discussing the second language learner and first language learner. Part II describes the adult interview study; the method, procedure, and results of interviews with good and poor language learners are outlined. Part III describes the main classroom study, which constitutes the major portion of the report. The following aspects of the study are discussed in detail: (1) apparatus (criterion measures, cognitive style and personality test, classroom observation and student interview); (2) method; (3) results and statistical analysis; and (4) special aspects (such as differential teacher treatment, case studies and classroom activities and atmosphere). The study involved a total of 72 students in grades 8, 10 and 12, who were observed and then tested in an attempt to isolate some of the critical variables among the common characteristics, personality traits, cognitive styles, strategies and learning environments of the good language learner. Part IV, the conclusion, discusses major findings, suggestions for further research, and practical implications. Rubin's list of strategies, the interview questionnaire, and a bibliography are appended. (NCR)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Cognitive Style, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Research, Individual Characteristics, Interviews, Language Ability, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Tests, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Linguistic Competence, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Verbal Ability
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada M5S 1V6 ($4.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.