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Mon Feb 11 2008

Diss: Lang Acq: Rodríguez: 'The Beliefs of Self-Identified Successf...'

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Message 1: The Beliefs of Self-Identified Successful Learners of Spanish at the University Level
Date: 11-Feb-2008
From: M. Ángeles Rodríguez <maria_angeles_rodriguezyahoo.com>
Subject: The Beliefs of Self-Identified Successful Learners of Spanish at the University Level
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Institution: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Program: Faculty of Education
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: M. Ángeles Rodríguez

Dissertation Title: The Beliefs of Self-Identified Successful Learners of Spanish at the University Level

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Dissertation Director:
Elizabeth Murphy

Dissertation Abstract:

The purpose of the study was to gain insight into the beliefs of
self-identified successful learners of Spanish as a foreign language at a
Canadian university. Data collection for the case study relied on the
Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory or BALLI (Horwitz, 1988) in
combination with an online discussion and individual online interviews.
Descriptive profiles of individual participants' beliefs as well as
cross-case analysis and comparisons with the literature highlighted the
importance of beliefs related to informal opportunities for learning in
authentic contexts, such as through interactions with native speakers and
the target culture. Implications for teaching Spanish include providing
opportunities for authentic language practice and access to the target
culture. Future studies might compare learning French and Spanish in
Canadian contexts.





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