ERIC Number: ED399770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Students of Ancient Egyptian: A Pilot Study of Beliefs about Language Learning.
Kuntz, Patricia S.
A study investigated the beliefs about language learning held by eight university students enrolled in a course in Ancient Egyptian (AE), drawing on results of a larger study of eight languages. The study identifies priorities in students' general beliefs, describes effects such beliefs may have on their learning "dead" languages, and suggests beliefs that promote AE acquisition. Subjects were administered a Likert-type survey in which they indicated degree of agreement with 47 statements concerning language learning, including language characteristics, control over the curriculum, sense of progress, and concern for individual worth and personal problems. Demographic data were also gathered. Results showed some differences in both demographics and beliefs between students of AE and those of "living" African languages (n=8 students of Swahili, 9 of Arabic). The findings suggest that differences may exist between students of "living" and "dead" languages, making it possible for institutions, teachers, and instructional developers to create instruction meeting students' needs and goals. Contains 15 references and the survey instrument. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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