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Moloney, Robyn; Giles, Andrew – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
In view of the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in school classrooms in many English-majority countries, the profile of the pre-service teachers being trained to teach in those classrooms has become of research interest. It was found in a cohort of Australian pre-service teachers that one third of the cohort was plurilingual. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Professional Identity, Practicums, Cultural Pluralism
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Frank, Monica; Ilieva, Roumiana – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
The success of Canada's immigration policy is intrinsically tied to employment of an immigrant workforce. Teaching is the fourth largest profession among Canadian immigrants, yet immigrants whose occupations are in education are three times less likely to be employed in their matching profession. Failure to incorporate an immigrant workforce not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Self Concept, Immigrants
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Schmidt, Gabriele – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2014
For the last ten years, language learning motivation research has focussed on how learners see knowledge of a language as part of their identity. This article presents the findings of a qualitative interview study that investigated whether personal growth is also a strong element in the motivation of Australian university students to learn German.…
Descriptors: Individual Development, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Liu, Guo-qiang – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
Research has shown that language change is driven on one hand by forces internal to language itself such as grammar-internal systematic pressure, and on the other hand by social motives such as social identity. Language contact presents new features, but why is it that some of them are incorporated as variation and evolving into language change,…
Descriptors: Grammar, Linguistic Borrowing, Dialects, Mandarin Chinese
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Campbell, Elizabeth; Storch, Neomy – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
Motivation to learn a second language (L2) is considered a crucial individual factor in explaining success or lack thereof in second language learning. This study examined learners' motivation to learn Chinese as a second language (L2). The study was longitudinal and cross sectional. Interviews were conducted with learners at different year levels…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Educational Environment, Chinese