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ERIC Number: EJ808312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0026-7902
Gender Identity and Homophobia: The Impact on Adolescent Males Studying French
Kissau, Scott; Wierzalis, Edward
Modern Language Journal, v92 n3 p402-413 Fall 2008
Foreign and second language (L2) educators in English-speaking countries are concerned that male students are losing interest in studying French. A large-scale study was conducted to investigate gender differences in L2 motivation and participation among Grade 9 core French students in Canada. A mixed methodology was employed to investigate gender differences in a variety of motivational factors among Grade 9 French as a second language (FSL) students. Approximately 500 students in Grade 9 FSL completed a questionnaire. The significant findings were then explored in interviews with students and teachers. The root of several differences in motivation and participation lied in societal perceptions of what is considered gender-appropriate male behavior. Although the study involves students studying FSL in Canada, its implications extend to learners of French in other English-speaking countries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada