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ERIC Number: EJ885125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Sociodemographic, Psychological and Politicocultural Correlates in Flemish Students' Attitudes towards French and English
Dewaele, Jean-Marc
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v26 n2 p118-137 2005
An analysis of 100 Flemish high-school students' attitudes towards French and English (both "foreign" languages) revealed complex links between personality factors, gender, politicocultural identity, communicative behaviour and foreign language attitudes. Attitudes towards English were found to be much more positive than those towards French, despite the fact that the participants had enjoyed a longer and more intense formal instruction in French (it being their second language). The independent variables were found to have stronger effects for French than for English, with the exception of politicocultural identity of the participant, which had a strong effect on attitudes towards French but not English. Overall, it seems that social factors, including exposure to the foreign languages, are linked with lower level personality dimensions and thus shape attitudes towards these languages. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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