LINGUIST List 15.499

Fri Feb 6 2004

Qs: Choices in L2 Learning; PC Language Laboratory

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  1. Alicia Pousada, RE: LINGUIST Digest - 4 Feb 2004 to 5 Feb 2004 (#2004-28)
  2. Paul Falzon, Query: language laboratory

Message 1: RE: LINGUIST Digest - 4 Feb 2004 to 5 Feb 2004 (#2004-28)

Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 09:49:23 -0400
From: Alicia Pousada <apousadaearthlink.net>
Subject: RE: LINGUIST Digest - 4 Feb 2004 to 5 Feb 2004 (#2004-28)


I am researching the role of choice in second language learning. More
specifically, I am looking for any differences in language learning success
(at both the individual and national levels) that arise when students are
given a choice of which foreign language to learn as opposed to having a
language mandated by the school system. This research entails notions within
the psychology of choice like locus of control, intrinsic vs. extrinsic
motivation, personal resistance, coercion, self-determination,
decision-making, etc. as well as the ramifications of choice/mandate for
language planning at the state level.

If anyone has any data or knows of any sources related to these issues, I'd
appreciate hearing from them off list. I will then post a summary of the
responses to the list.

Many thanks,

Dr. Alicia Pousada
English Department
College of Humanities
University of Puerto Rico
Box 23356
San Juan, PR 00931-3356
apousadaearthlink.net
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Message 2: Query: language laboratory

Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 10:08:51 -0500 (EST)
From: Paul Falzon <paul.falzonum.edu.mt>
Subject: Query: language laboratory

We intend to provide our students with a multi-media pc-based language
laboratory equipped with about 20 work stations and a master control
console to enable both autonomous and monitored use. Any
hardware/software recommendations and suggestions arising out of
experience in operating such a system would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Paul A. Falzon
Institute of Linguistics 
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