ERIC Number: ED394337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-16
Intelligence, Social Class and Social Context--Measurable Effects on Success in Foreign Language Learning at School.
Three influences on second language learning, one individual (intelligence) and two sociocultural (social class and social context) are discussed. All three factors are seen as difficult to measure and resistant to change through deliberate educational policy action. Each is defined, particularly in relation to the language learning situation. Research on measurement of their effects is reviewed briefly, and several models are discussed. An alternative model is then described, postulating four types of relationships among these factors and language learning success: direct influence of intelligence and attitude on outcomes; interdependence of teaching techniques and student characteristics; qualitative influence of teaching activities on learning outcomes; and feedback between teacher and learner. Contains 17 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Note: Background paper for the Educational Research Workshop on the Effectiveness of Modern Language Learning and Teaching (Graz, Austria, March 5-8, 1996).