ERIC Number: ED189846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Profiles and Perspectives.
Myers, Pamela J.
Profiles of adult Americans' attitudes toward second languages and second language study were gathered by means of oral interviews conducted across the country, resulting in 64 viewpoints from 13 states. Results are reported through quotations from the statements of subjects. General benefits of language study were perceived to be increased global awareness, understanding of other peoples, ability to communicate in another language, travel benefits, advantages for career, and expanded knowledge of English. Statements on attitudes toward speakers of other languages, the need for second language study, second language classroom experiences, and use of second language skills are also included. In stating reasons for undertaking second language study, subjects mentioned influences from personal interest, family, teachers, travel, and school schedule. Reasons for discontinuing second language study, and for liking or disliking such study are also reported. The interview questionnaire is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Adults, Interest Research, Interests, Interviews, Language Attitudes, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Surveys
Not available separately. See FL 011 284.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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