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ERIC Number: EJ815747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
University Students' Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Foreign Language Learning in France
Piquemal, Nathalie; Renaud, Robert
TESL Canada Journal, v24 n1 p113-133 Win 2006
This study is based on a survey of 1,305 university students enrolled in English and other foreign-language classes across year levels in four major universities in France . It explores the factors that promote or hinder multilingualism, with special attention to the following questions: What are the beliefs and attitudes of students enrolled in various postsecondary institutions across France toward learning a foreign language? How do these beliefs and attitudes change as students progress from beginning first-year students to upper years? The results suggest that the reasons first-year students typically have for studying a foreign language have more to do with internal factors (e.g., personal attitude) that with external factors (e.g., social value). Moreover, this trend becomes more pronounced with upper-year students whose motivation to learn a foreign language compared with that of first-year students is influenced less by perceived societal beliefs and more by intrinsic reasons.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France