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Subject/Keyword
changes
language learning beliefs
study abroad
case study
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Jeter, Alyssa C.
Supervisor and department
Kost, Claudia (MLCS)
Examining committee member and department
Nadasdi, Terry (Linguistics)
Nedashkivska, Alla (MLCS)
Department
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Specialization
Applied Linguistics
Date accepted
2013-06-04T15:43:08Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
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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English
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doi:10.7939/R3MK65K5P
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