ERIC Number: ED459610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
A Comparison of Students' Beliefs towards Foreign Language Acquisition in Mexico and the United States.
Johnson, Connie R.
This paper reports on the language learning beliefs of beginning-level English as a foreign language (EFL) students in a Mexican university, part of a larger study to find out why so many Mexican EFL at-risk academic learners fail. The at-risk learners beliefs about foreign language learning are compared with those of English proficient beginning level Mexican university students and also with those of beginning foreign language students in the United States. It is stressed that pre-conceived notions about language learning can affect learners' ability in the classroom. Students who think second language learning mainly involves learning grammar will spend most of their energy on learning grammar, while older learners may believe that younger learners have a special ability and have negative expectations about their chances for success. This paper reports on the results of attitude research of three groups: one group of basic foreign language learners in the United States, and two beginning Mexican foreign language learners--one group of proficient EFL learners and one group of at-risk students. (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States