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ERIC Number: ED406820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 22
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"Sir, Is There Some Rule for That?" A Report on Differences in Foreign Language Learning Approach Styles.
Nakuma, Constancio
"Quantitative-oriented" students of French have been found to display a propensity for formal rules of grammar in university-level French language classes, which departs significantly from that of "letters-oriented" students. "Quantitative-oriented" students include mathematics, commerce, science and engineering majors, while "letters-oriented" students comprise the regular arts majors. Pending a more thorough and controlled psycholinguistic study, it can be concluded, on the basis of the strength of correlation between language-learning behavior (request for formal rules of grammar) and academic orientation (science vs. arts majors), that knowledge of a learner's background in the quantitative components of non-language-related curricula can help F(oreign) L(anguage) teachers to predict the language learning approach style that the learner will most likely prefer. Greater ability to identify the learning approach styles that work best for the FL learner could improve the efficiency of the learning experience, both for the teacher and the student. It is hoped that other L(anguage) for S(pecial) P(urposes) instructors will monitor more closely their students and report any observed learning approach style differences and preferences. More controlled psycholinguistic studies are needed to shed more light on the issue. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada