ERIC Number: ED253099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Relationships among Eighth-Grade German Students' Learning Styles, Pitch Discrimination, Sound Discrimination, and Pronunciation of German Phonemes.
A study of the relationships of pitch discrimination, sound discrimination, pronunciation of German phonemes, and cognitive style as factors in language learning ability had as subjects two intact eighth grade German classes with a total of 45 students. Four instruments were used to measure the four variables studied. The findings for 11 research questions suggest that students with fine musical pitch acuity should also possess a strong ability to discriminate linguistic sounds, students who depend on the written word should have a strong ability to discriminate linguistic sounds and to pronounce German phonemes correctly, and students who play musical instruments should have a strong ability to discriminate linguistic sounds. It is recommended that: (1) students who score above average on music aptitude tests should be encouraged to study foreign languages; (2) elementary and junior high school language teachers should provide activities for students to develop a visual orientation; (3) teachers should become more aware of their students' various learning styles; (4) school guidance counselors should encourage students who play musical instruments to enroll in a second language class; and (5) further research using a larger sample from a variety of school situations should be undertaken. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.