Young Language Learners' Motivation and Attitudes

Young Language Learners' Motivation and Attitudes

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Taking three different perspectives, this book looks at primary school children's language learning motivation and language attitudes. In adopting a longitudinal perspective, the book fills a research gap and provides a macro-level analysis of motivational development over time. It reveals a surprising amount of stability in primary school children's motivational and attitudinal development. The comparative perspective looks at the learners' affective dispositions with regard to English (theorized as a 'global language') and French (theorized as a 'national language'). The comparisons between global language and national language are relevant across the world, especially in situations where instruction in languages other than English struggles to get attention. The results reveal sizeable differences between the two languages, with children being substantially more motivated to learn English than to learn French. Finally, the explanatory section identifies key antecedents of the learners' motivational and attitudinal dispositions - and thereby opens up paths for intervention relevant for those working in the field of language instruction.In order to test this, two different models were fit to the data. ... of this model, particularly in light of the fact that the model still represents a perfect fit to the data (I‡2/df=1.57, CFI=.990, rmsea=.036, pclose=.874, Bollena€“Stine bootstrap p=.085). ... While the primary school children apparently do not change their opinion about these groups over the course of two years and ... by means of an additional questionnaire, which was distributed twice a€“ once in 4th grade and once in 5th grade.

Title:Young Language Learners' Motivation and Attitudes
Author: Sybille Heinzmann
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-06-20

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