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Effects on the Linguistic Awareness of Foreign Language Learners
Effects on the Linguistic Awareness of Foreign Language Learners

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Dégi
Subject(s): Foreign languages learning
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: multilingualism; language awareness; multicompetence; language use; EFL

Summary/Abstract: The last decade has witnessed a rapid increase in interest in multilingualism and the benefits of multilingual education have been advocated by many scholars during this last period. The aim of the study is to reflect upon how multilingualism is incorporated in the educational setting under investigation. In other words, the study focuses on multicompetent foreign language users and their language behavior during EFL classes. Several studies on multilingualism have shown that there are qualitative differences between second and third or additional language learning and that these can be ascribed to an increased level of metalinguistic awareness in the learner. The question is: Do the teachers’ language behavior have an effect on the language awareness of the students? In order to answer this question the following qualitative research methods were used: classroom observation and interviews with lear ners. Results show that teachers’ language behavior has a major effect on students’ language use.

  • Issue Year: 2/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 299-311
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English