Current Perceptions and Beliefs Among Incoming College Students Towards Foreign Language Study and Language Requirements

Authors

  • Joseph Price,

    1. University of Nebraska at Omaha
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      Joseph Price (PhD candidate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is Coordinator of Administration in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Carolyn Gascoigne

    1. University of Nebraska at Omaha
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      Carolyn Gascoigne (PhD, Florida State University) is Associate Professor of French and Department Chair at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska.


Abstract

ABSTRACT: Opinions of foreign language study, as well as attitudes toward specific cultures and languages, influence student motivation and success. The purpose of the present study is to catalogue and report the perceptions and attitudes of recent incoming college students (freshman and transfer students) concerning foreign or second language (L2) study and foreign language requirements in a post-9/11 context. The results offer insights into students' evolving beliefs and concerns, which can be used to inform and subsequently improve the teaching-learning process through the development of timely, meaningful, and responsive language learning environments.

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