ERIC Number: ED354781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
University-Level Learners of Spanish in Ireland: A Profile Based on Data from the TCD Modern Languages Research Project. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 35.
Singleton, David; Singleton, Emer
Drawing on data collected for a larger study of second language learner characteristics at the Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), a profile of freshmen taking introductory Spanish in 1990-91 is reported. Subjects were 21 students, 20 female and 1 male. Most were of traditional college age, and a few were in their 30s. Almost half had previous Spanish language instruction. Most were also studying another language. Students had a relatively broad-based school education, often concentrating on and doing well in languages and language-related subject areas. The students perceived Spanish as suiting a range of interests, utilitarian, cultural, and other. Most had begun language study after age 10 and in formal instruction, and none had found it difficult. Elements of language learning found congenial included particular kinds of learning materials and classroom activities, and contributions of native speakers and language teachers. Age at which the students had begun formal language instruction (under 12 and over 12 years) was not related to students' later success, but meaningful interaction did appear related to success. Attitudes toward grammar instruction and toward interactions with native speakers also influenced success. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Ireland