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    The affective benefits of a pre-sessional course at the start of study abroad

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Comanaru, R. and Faraco, M. (2015) The affective benefits of a pre-sessional course at the start of study abroad. In: Mitchell, R. and McManus, K. and Tracy Ventura, N. (eds.) Social interaction, identity and language learning during residence abroad. Eurosla Monographs Series 4. Eurosla, pp. 95-114. ISBN 9781329430440.

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    Abstract

    The study reported in this chapter focuses on the effect that a 2 to 4 week pre-sessional course at Aix-Marseille University had on Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA) and Willingness to Communicate (WTC) in the French as a foreign language of 93 learners of European and Asian origin, who ranged from beginners to intermediate learners. They were tested at the start and at the end of the course. Results showed a significant decrease in levels of FLA and a significant increase inWTC. Length of stay had no effect on FLA, but was positively linked to difference in WTC. Level of proficiency had no effect on difference in FLA but had a positive effect on difference in WTC, with lower-intermediate learners showing the biggest increase in WTC. Students’ cultural background had a significant effect on FLA and WTC at Time 1, with the Asian group reporting more FLA and less WTC.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 14:31
    Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 15:59
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12905

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