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ERIC Number: EJ933947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1479-0718
L3 English Acquisition in Denmark and Greenland: Gender-Related Tendencies
Spellerberg, Stine Marie
International Journal of Multilingualism, v8 n3 p155-188 2011
This paper presents findings of gender-related tendencies found in a study of factors influential in third language acquisition of English in Denmark and Greenland. A survey consisting of a questionnaire and an English test was carried out amongst pupils in their last year of compulsory schooling in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Nuuk, Greenland. In total, responses from 187 pupils were included, some of which were responses from pupils learning English as a second language; these respondents were included for comparisons (Copenhagen: L2 learners N = 59, L3 learners N = 32; Nuuk: L3 learners N = 96; age: 14-16 years). The results showed significant gender-related differences with different patterns between the three learner groups (L2 and L3 learners in Copenhagen, L3 learners in Nuuk) with regard to the level of English proficiency, the degree to which pupils like English as a school subject and the pupils' degree of English classroom anxiety. The results differentiate the view that L3 learners as a group do less well in English than L2 learner peers, warranting further research into gender-related tendencies and extra focus on the English acquisition of L3 learner boys in particular in the Danish context. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Greenland