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SEMINAR: Asian Studies Seminar

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Today's date is Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Asian Studies Seminar : ďHow do you think learning Korean will shape your future?" A Q methodology study into university studentís future language selves. Other events...
Being able to speak a foreign language is often considered a valuable skill for university students, and to make foreign language learning at the university level more relevant to studentís future careers it is important to understand what learners want to do with the language and how they see themselves as future speakers of a foreign language. This talk presents the results of a survey on studentís future L2 selves, conducted on learners of Korean using Q methodology, a qualitative/quantitative mixed research method. Q methodology, often defined as an inverted factor analysis, it is used for the investigation of subjectivity; however its application to the field of language education has been extremely limited and restricted to students of English as a foreign language. The potentiality of Q-methodology for research in the field of foreign language learning is worth more exploration since it is a promising technique for the investigation of studentís individual differences, among them mainly learnerís motivation. In this presentation, after an outline of Q methodology, I will show how its application to the study of future L2 selves in a cohort of Korean language students highlighted the presence of four main types of students, each with a clearly defined future perspective on how they see themselves in the future as speakers of Korean as a second language. These results are further discussed with reference to other foreign languages and to foreign language teaching at the tertiary level.
Speaker(s) Dr Nicola Fraschini
Location Social Sciences Building Room G.25
Contact Dr Nicola Fraschini <nicola.fraschini@uwa.edu.au >
Start Fri, 05 Oct 2018 11:00
End Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:10
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