ERIC Number: ED406830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Beliefs about Early Language Learning: St. Lucian Beginning Students of French and Spanish.
Kuntz, Patricia S.
A study investigated the attitudes toward language learning held by early secondary school students (ages 11-13) on the island of Saint Lucia who are studying French and Spanish simultaneously, as required in the first two years of secondary school. Subjects were students at two schools, and included 121 boys and 72 girls. The survey consisted of demographic data and 47 questions about language learning, framed in a Likert scale. Data were compared with those from a similar study of students in the United States. In general, St. Lucia students had more strongly held beliefs than U.S. students, viewing languages as a serious academic subject and expecting to learn to speak a second language well. Differences between groups were found on many questions. Some differences were found between the two St. Lucia school populations, attributed to some degree to the type of schooling offered in the two institutions or the different student populations. Implications for curriculum development in the St. Lucia context are discussed. The questionnaire is appended. Contains 24 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saint Lucia