ERIC Number: EJ1065530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning a Third Language: What Learner Strategies Do Bilingual Students Bring?
Grenfell, Michael; Harris, Vee
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v47 n4 p553-576 2015
This article seeks to develop the research agenda of multilingualism and multicompetence by bringing together three research fields and their related methodologies: bilingualism, third language acquisition and language learner strategies. After a brief introduction to each area, it describes a study to explore whether bilingual adolescent students learning French in two London schools outperform their monolingual peers in reading and listening comprehension. The significant difference in bilinguals students' listening comprehension test scores leads to in-depth analysis of qualitative data of three case study students in order to identify the differential features involved in the interaction of the languages. It appears that their greater use of oral/aural strategies is developed through the home environment; code-switching in the parental input fostering the development of the strategies. The article concludes with implications for pedagogy and for research.
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Bilingual Students, Multilingualism, Adolescents, French, Foreign Countries, Monolingualism, Comparative Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Scores, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Interaction, Code Switching (Language), Language Usage, Grade 8, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Statistical Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Multiple Regression Analysis, Protocol Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews, Check Lists
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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