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ERIC Number: EJ1025404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Learners' Attitudes toward Regional Dialects and Destination Preferences in Study Abroad
Shiri, Sonia
Foreign Language Annals, v46 n4 p565-587 Dec 2013
This study explored the impact of short-term study abroad on the language attitudes of college-level learners of Arabic in the United States. It investigated students' destination preferences in various Arabic-speaking countries, their attitudes toward learning Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and regional dialects, and the factors that they perceived as influencing their attitudes. Survey responses from 371 participants indicated that learning Arabic in the Arab world favorably impacted students' attitudes toward dialect learning and sociolinguistic awareness. Students in this sample rejected learning MSA exclusively, believed that learning any dialect was important, and they became open to learning multiple dialects, including those that are less commonly taught. Respondents attributed this attitude shift to the change in their learning context, i.e., learning Arabic in an Arab country.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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