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ERIC Number: EJ862600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Why Do Some Young Learners Drop Foreign Languages? A Focus on Learner-Internal Variables
Dewaele, Jean-Marc; Thirtle, Helen
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v12 n6 p635-649 Nov 2009
The present study focuses on 79 young teenagers enrolled in foreign language (FL) classes in a London school. Having to decide whether to pursue the study of FLs, three groups emerged: those wishing to pursue FL classes, those having decided to abandon FL classes, and those still undecided about further FL study. A comparison of the three groups on a range of learner-internal variables (i.e. sociobiographical and psychological variables) revealed that those who had decided to abandon further FL instruction were more likely to have English as a first language and suffered from significantly higher levels of Foreign Language Anxiety. The findings and some implications for FL teaching are discussed. (Contains 1 note, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale