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ERIC Number: ED398756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
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African Studies Centers' Students of Arabic and of Swahili.
Kuntz, Patricia S.
A study examined beliefs about language learning held by students of Arabic and Swahili in six African studies programs. A survey administered to 134 students gathered demographic information and student attitudes about 47 statements concerning language learning strategies, ability, usefulness, and skill difficulty, multilingualism, and reasons for learning a language. Results indicate differences in student attitudes across institutions. However, ten common beliefs were identified: (1) it is easier for children than adults to learn a foreign language; (2) some languages are easier to learn than others; (3) it is better to learn a foreign language in the foreign country; (4) it is important to repeat and practice a lot; (5) learning a language differs from learning another subject; (6) everyone can learn to speak a foreign language; (7) individuals are interested in the culture of the target language; (8) one shouldn't say anything in the target language until one can say it correctly; (9) learning a language is mostly translation from English; and (10) to listen to something in a foreign language, one must know all the words. Appended materials include data on time required for second language learning, the survey instrument, a history of Arabic and Swahili teaching in the United States, and enrollment data for these languages. (Contains 50 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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