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Stott, Carolyn; Fielding, Ruth – Babel, 2014
There is sometimes an assumption among language educators that students find the transition from school to university language learning a challenging process (see for example Busse & Walter, 2011; Chambers, 2014; Macaro & Wingate, 2004). In this research we set out to explore this assumption through a small-scale study of first-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Readiness, College Preparation, Transitional Programs
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Moloney, Robyn; Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
This paper reports on a small study of attitudes to tertiary language study amongst senior secondary language learners in three independent New South Wales schools. The study examines what elements of preparedness may be the most effective in supporting transition to tertiary study for this sample of languages students. An analysis of survey data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, High School Seniors, Second Language Learning
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Moloney, Robyn; Genua-Petrovic, Rosalba – Babel, 2012
It is increasingly common for schools to form partnerships with schools in the countries of languages learned in the classroom. While there has been substantial investigation of language and culture learning in the context of tertiary study abroad, there has been limited research attention to pedagogical interventions which may support learning in…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Exchange Programs, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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East, Martin; Tolosa, Constanza; Villers, Helen – Babel, 2012
As a consequence of a substantially revised national curriculum in New Zealand, all schools are now required to provide opportunities for students in school Years 7 to 10 (age 11+ to 14+) to learn an additional language. There are, however, very few intermediate school (Years 7 and 8) teachers who are additional language 'subject specialists'.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Foreign Countries
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Absalom, Matthew – Babel, 2011
In a period of renewed efforts to encourage language study in Australia, with a particular view to increasing the number of students completing secondary school and studying a language, consideration of the reasons behind retention and attrition of students becomes paramount. In this preliminary study, which surveyed nearly 200 students entering…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Gender Discrimination
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Stephens, Meredith – Babel, 2010
Due to the global momentum of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), Anglophones may perceive that there is less urgency for them to learn other languages than for speakers of other languages to learn English. The monolingual expectations of English speakers are evidenced not only in Anglophone countries but also abroad. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Language, Asian Culture, English
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2009
This article reports on a case study conducted in 2006-2007 which explores boys' motivation for choosing Chinese Second Language (CSL) as an elective in secondary school. The purpose of the study was to find out what factors encouraged or discouraged junior secondary school boys in their choice to continue CSL. 133 boys aged thirteen-fourteen…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Incentives, Motivation, Males
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de Courcy, Michele – Babel, 2006
Research has found that literacy in the first language of a student of English as a second language (ESL) aids in the acquisition of English, but there has been little exploration of the processes that underlie this. This pilot project investigates children's experiences of literacy in their first language (Hebrew), instruction in strategies…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Student Attitudes, Pilot Projects, Bilingual Schools
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Hajdu, Judy – Babel, 2005
Carr (2002), in her investigation of boys' alienation from languages and language learning, addressed the question of an "appropriate curriculum" for boys and boys' understanding of masculinity. Boys reported in that research that they preferred physical activities so found the written text orientation of language learning to be "hard" and…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Student Attitudes, Communication Skills, Gender Differences
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Ingram, David; Kono, Minoru; Sasaki, Masako; Tateyama, Erina; O'Neill, Shiley – Babel, 2004
The most central aims of language teaching are the development of language proficiency, the development of cultural knowledge and intercultural understanding, and the fostering of positive cross-cultural attitudes. The authors have examined the relationships between language learning and cross-cultural attitudes in projects in Australia (reported…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes
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Felix, Uschi – Babel, 2002
Presents a synthesis of the results of two research studies that examined he attitudes to Web-based language learning of primary, secondary, and tertiary students. Factors investigated include he following; students comfort. enjoyment, strategy strengths, learning styles, study preferences, and age and gender differences. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Cognitive Style, College Students, Elementary School Students
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Carr, Jo – Babel, 2002
Examines why boys do not study languages in Australia. Focuses on what boys themselves are thinking and what their perceptions of their relationship with languages are. Looks at boys specific attitudes toward language learning, what they perceive to be the relevance of language learning, and what their perceptions are of the profile of language in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Enrollment, Males, Relevance (Education)
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Ingram, David; O'Neill, Shirley – Babel, 2002
The second part of an article that discussed official policies that foster favorable cross-cultural attitudes though language teaching and described a pilot project undertaken to see whether involvement in foreign language learning was an influential factor in cross-cultural attitudes presents results of the study. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Ingram, David; O'Neill, Shirley – Babel, 2001
While the notion that cross-cultural awareness is is considered important in foreign language education, there are few studies that provide information on how language teaching and learning can foster positive cross-cultural attitudes. Discusses a questionnaire that asked learners about their attitudes toward learning languages, migrants, other…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Immigrants