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ERIC Number: ED407843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
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Socio-affective Factors in Second Language Acquisition.
Kim, Anna Charr
The case study of a Ukrainian university student in the United States investigated factors in the student's adjustment to the United States and acquisition of English as a second language. The student, aged 20, came to the United States to study music after being denied admission to a Russian conservatory because of his ethnic background, and had not previously studied English. Data were drawn from error and content analysis of all compositions written in English since arriving at the university, extensive recorded interviews, and administration of a language attitude survey given routinely to other students. Results indicate this student had a higher expectation for language learning than many of his peers, estimating his ability lower but also readily acknowledging progress. He considered English language learning to be an art rather than a burden, and used contrastive methods to learn English and improve writing and reading skills in both languages. His reasons for learning English were integrative rather than instrumental. The student became close to American friends and mentors. He found that a perfectionist temperament affected his academic work and communication. Affective elements apparent in his compositions included euphoria, nostalgia, anomie, and alienation, corresponding to theorized stages of acculturation. Contains seven references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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