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ERIC Number: EJ859059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Less Commonly Taught Language and Commonly Taught Language Students: A Demographic and Academic Comparison
Brown, Alan V.
Foreign Language Annals, v42 n3 p405-423 Fall 2009
Efforts to fund the teaching of critical languages, along with increasing enrollments in less commonly taught language (LCTL) classes, have evidenced a renewed interest in LCTL pedagogy. While much is known about enrollment trends, materials development, and professional training, far less research has compared LCTL and commonly taught language (CTL) students. Students from 83 classes (nine different languages) at a large university completed a questionnaire containing items requesting demographic and academic information. The results of a chi-square analysis demonstrated that LCTL learners were older, expected higher grades, reported higher GPAs, found their courses more difficult, and had studied a third language at a much higher rate. Although far from conclusive, these data begin to identify differences that may exist between LCTL and CTL students, specifically in university, introductory-level courses. (Contains 1 note and 15 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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