ERIC Number: ED333723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The TCD Modern Languages Research Project: Objectives, Instruments, and Preliminary Results. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 26.
A study of the relationship between university-level second language development and previous language and other experience is described. The study, in its early stages at the time of writing, is being conducted at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and involves students of French, German, Italian, and Spanish. This report describes the subjects and methodology, specific research questions addressed, research instruments and methods, computerization of the database, and some preliminary findings from small-scale studies. Early results concern the relationship between second language experience and second language proficiency, the development of second language lexicon, and the interaction between languages learned (interlanguage) and between language learning experiences. A 28-item bibliography is appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Databases, Educational Background, Foreign Countries, French, German, Higher Education, Interlanguage, Italian, Language Processing, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Modern Languages, Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.