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Offline sieledorothy

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Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« on: May 17, 2014, 12:35:06 AM »
Which are some of the gaps in research on FL Learning (French)?

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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 09:48:52 AM »
You'll have to be more specific. There has been a lot of research in FL learning of French. At the same time, there are of course new questions you can ask.
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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014, 04:49:05 AM »
I don't understand the question? Gaps? The only gaps I am aware of are the holes in Gruyere cheese; but, naturally, Gruyere is Swiss, or is it?

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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 01:55:48 AM »
djr33, Thanks. I intend to carry out a study on 'How Motivation and Attitude influence Achievement in French ' in a selected group. Reading through literature and can't seem to find a gap. Any help?

Guijaro, my understanding of a gap in research is identifying what has not been done/adequately done in area, then attempting to fill in/extend knowledge on the same..a justification for the need of the study...

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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 04:58:18 AM »
I don't believe the term "motivation" is well defined in general. So one option would be to look into a precise and effective way to implement a measurement of motivation, even if it is just one aspect (for example, perceived value of the language) and then investigate that experimentally. It sounds like you have a lot of reading to do, but I'm sure you can add something to this growing field.

Of course as in general, an obvious way to contribute something new would be to look at a less studied language (not English, not French, maybe not even European), if that is a possibility for you.
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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2014, 01:27:06 AM »
 :D Thanks djr33. I hadn't thought of focusing on a non-European language which I think I will incorporate into my study. I speak a little Chinese. However, is it viable to focus on two languages, say French/Chinese, or that will be too broad a study?

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2014, 10:07:40 AM »
It really depends on the resources you have available and how much time you have for the study. If this is, for example, a PhD thesis, you will certainly have time, if you plan well.

However, if you want to compare two languages, it's good to plan it well and not arbitrarily choose two languages because you know them. Instead, choose two languages that are similar or different in a particular way, or find such a similarity/difference for French and Chinese, but make sure there's a specific motivation behind that choice, not just convenience.

(My comment above was that you might want to only look at a less studied language. For that matter, even Chinese has been studied quite a bit. My comment was much more general than your question, though-- this is a general problem in the field that most research revolves around these most commonly studied languages so we really don't know very much about the bigger picture. So as a simple solution, if you want an unexplored area, look at second language learning of Swahili by Arabic speakers, or some other combination like that. It may not be practical for you, of course, which is why most research is about English and other European languages. You won't be alone in that.)
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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2014, 03:02:10 AM »
What is your research question? If we know that, maybe we can help you more.

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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2014, 01:44:58 AM »
Zaba, thankyou. My research questions are: 1.What motivates students to learn French?
2.Does motivation remain constant throughout the semester?

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Re: Foreign Language (FL) Learning
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2014, 10:16:18 AM »
So you need:
1. Students (I'm assuming you have access to a class)
2. A definition for motivation (this is hard)
3. A way to test for that definition
4. Tests to use during the semester

That seems relatively easy, except for the question of what "motivation" means. There's a lot of reading you can do in that area, though.
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