Portland State University. Department of Applied Linguistics
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (iv, 230 pages)
ESL, Beliefs, Japanese, English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers, Language and languages -- Study and teaching, Non-formal education, Second language acquisition
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.
Amburgey, Brent Harrison, "Informal Learning Choices of Japanese ESL Students in the United States" (2012). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 755.