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English language ability and selection of a third language in general education
In this study, a general question was addressed as to how freshman students whose English language achievements broadly vary select a third language in their general education courses. Specifically, three hypotheses were examined: (1) Higher achievers of English tend to select a European langueage (e.g.,German) while lower achievers an Asian language (e.g.,Chinese). (2)English language achievemtn significantly correlates positively with German grade at the end of the first semester. (3)English language achievement does not significantly correlate with Chinese grade at the end of the first semester. Surprisingly, results were all in the negative direction. One plausible interpretation for these null findings is that the effect of foreign language aptitude is developmentally attenuated and then superseded by motivational factors created in the new situation. Some implications for further research are briefly discussed.
Memoirs of the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University. V, Studies and linguistic culture
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