Advisor

Nike Arnold

Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Department

Applied Linguistics

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 230 pages)

Subjects

ESL, Beliefs, Japanese, English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers, Language and languages -- Study and teaching, Non-formal education, Second language acquisition

DOI

10.15760/etd.755

Abstract

This study was designed to explore possible relationships between English language learners past formal language learning experiences and beliefs about language learning on the one hand, and their informal learning choices on the other. Six Japanese English as a second language (ESL) students participated in the study. Participants were interviewed and asked to complete an English study log for one week prior to their scheduled interview. The results of the study suggested that there were likely connections between experiences, beliefs, informal learning choices. For some participants, a singular experience or belief had an effect that seemed to outweigh other experiences and beliefs. However, there were also some differences in informal learning choices among participants that might be better explained by factors outside of the interest of this study, such as personality or goal of English study.

Description

Portland State University. Dept. of Applied Linguistics

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8308

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