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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Beliefs of Self-Identified Successful Learners of Spanish at the University Level Add Dissertation
Author: M. Rodríguez Update Dissertation
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Institution: Memorial University, Faculty of Education
Completed in: 2006
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Acquisition;
Subject Language(s): Spanish
Director(s): Elizabeth Murphy

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.