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Changes in language learning beliefs while abroad Open Access
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language learning beliefs
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University of Alberta
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Jeter, Alyssa C.
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Kost, Claudia (MLCS)
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Nadasdi, Terry (Linguistics)
Nedashkivska, Alla (MLCS)
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
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Master of Arts
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Investigating the connections between changes in language learning beliefs and their connections with student interactions while abroad, the researcher conducted semi-structured interviews with five alumni and one professor who attended a college situated in Switzerland. The researcher analyzed the interview data in-depth with a case study approach in order to find connections between the changes in belief and potential changes in behavior.
Overall the data suggests that all alumni interviewed experienced some change in their language learning beliefs. Those that exhibited the most change in their interactions also experienced the greatest changes in their beliefs. Many of the reported belief changes centered around pivotal language learning experiences that took place at various points during each alumna’s or alumnus’s time abroad rather than gradually over the time abroad itself. The data suggests that institutions should focus more on helping students embrace and learn from their linguistic struggles to attain greater self-efficacy.
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