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Query Details

Query Subject:   Survey: Language Learning Beliefs
Author:   Ron Peek
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Query:   Hello,

My name is Ron Peek and I am a PhD student in the Department of
Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London,
UK, supervised by Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele.

My PhD research investigates the effect of language learning
experience on language learning beliefs. To this end, I have devised,
piloted and revised an online instrument – the Language Learning
Beliefs Survey (LLBS) - which is now ready for use.

Here is the link to access the survey: http://ronpeek.com/lime/index.php

If you know of anyone else (friends, family, colleagues, students, etc.)
who might also want to complete the survey and who is interested in
finding out more about their own language learning beliefs, then please
feel free to forward the survey link. I am looking for participants (16
years and older) whose language repertoires range from one or two
languages, to three, four or five, to those with six, seven or even more.

Please note: the study has received the required ethical approval and
all replies will remain anonymous and confidential. No IP addresses will
be saved.

Kind regards and many thanks in advance for your help,

Ron Peek

PhD Student
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication,
School of Social Sciences, History & Philosophy
Birkbeck, University of London
LL Issue: 22.3805
Date posted: 29-Sep-2011


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