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An interview study of inter-ethnic contact and its role in language learning in a foreign language environment.

Kormos, Judit and Csizér, Kata (2007) An interview study of inter-ethnic contact and its role in language learning in a foreign language environment. System, 35 (2). pp. 241-258. ISSN 0346-251X

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Abstract

The research reported in this paper investigates what types of inter-cultural contact Hungarian schoolchildren have, what kind of language-related attitudes they can give account of and how they see the role of contact situations in affecting their attitudinal and motivational dispositions towards the L2, the L2 speaking communities and the process of L2 learning. This study is based on data gathered in an interview project that involved 40 13-, 14-year-old learners of English and German from all over Hungary. The results reveal that tourism does not create many contact opportunities for the majority of students in this country and that in this particular foreign language setting, indirect contact through various cultural products is the most frequent means of gaining information about target language speakers and their culture. The participants were found to display a wide variety of attitudes towards a considerable number of aspects of the target language culture. Students reported that cross-cultural contact helps the development of their communicative competence and contributes to the increase of their motivation and the decrease of language use anxiety.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: System
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, System, 35 (2), 2007, © ELSEVIER.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inter-ethnic contact ; Motivation ; Attitudes ; Foreign language learning ; Communicative competence
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 10750
Deposited By: Dr Judit Kormos
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2008 09:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2016 00:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10750

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