NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ958709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
The Chicken or the Egg? Examining the Impacts of a Brief Bilingual Exchange on Willingness to Communicate
Mady, Callie
Babel, v46 n1 p22-29 2011
This study compares the willingness to communicate (WTC) of Canadian Anglophone and Francophone students to measures of their self-assessed, multiskilled second language proficiency and strategy use before and after a short-term intracountry bilingual exchange experience. The central question is whether a student's WTC exists before an opportunity for authentic second language use or whether authentic second language opportunities enhance WTC. Data were collected via questionnaires. In this paper, I report on the questionnaire findings examining WTC in relation to the participants' self-assessments pre- and post-exchange. The questionnaire results show statistical increases in ease of speaking for the Anglophone group and in all language skills for the Francophone group. Notably, however, there were no significant changes in the WTC elements pre- and post-exchange. (Contains 9 tables.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada