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Why do some young learners drop foreign languages? a focus on learner-internal variables

Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Thirtle, H. (2009) Why do some young learners drop foreign languages? a focus on learner-internal variables. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 12 (6), pp. 635-649. ISSN 1367-0050.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13670050802549656

Abstract

The present study focuses on 79 young teenagers enrolled in foreign language (FL) classes in a London school. Having to decide whether to pursue the study of FLs, three groups emerged: those wishing to pursue FL classes, those having decided to abandon FL classes, and those still undecided about further FL study. A comparison of the three groups on a range of learner-internal variables (i.e. sociobiographical and psychological variables) revealed that those who had decided to abandon further FL instruction were more likely to have English as a first language and suffered from significantly higher levels of Foreign Language Anxiety. The findings and some implications for FL teaching are discussed.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 09:33
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2686

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