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Heritage Language Learners' Perceptions of Taking Spanish Language Classes

Title: Heritage Language Learners' Perceptions of Taking Spanish Language Classes: Investigating Perceptions of Skill-Specific Anxieties, Self-Efficacies, and Ethnic Identity.
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Name(s): Torres, Kelly Moore, author
Turner, Jeannine, professor directing dissertation
Cappuccio, Brenda, university representative
Roehrig, Alysia, committee member
Phillips, Beth, committee member
Galeano, Rebecca, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This mixed-methods study investigated heritage language and foreign language learning students' skill-specific (i.e., speaking listening, reading, and writing) language learning anxieties and self-efficacies associated with Spanish language learning. Additionally, this study investigated the extent to which heritage language learners perceive Spanish as part of their ethnic identity and how their perceptions of ethnic identity impact their skill-specific anxieties and self-efficacies toward learning the Spanish language. A total of 315 participants completed the quantitative portion of this study and 11 participants volunteered to take part in a semi-structured interview session. Findings from this study revealed significant differences between heritage language learners' and foreign language learners' ratings of listening anxiety and writing anxiety and for all skill-specific language learning self-efficacies. Significant differences were also found among groups of heritage language learners in relation to their ratings of Hispanic heritage ethnic identity, skill-specific anxieties (expect for writing anxiety), and all skill-specific self-efficacies. Furthermore, heritage language learners' Spanish language learning experiences were impacted by their backgrounds (e.g., family lineage, generation of heritage language learner), formal educational experiences, levels of motivation, and their low levels of Spanish language abilities.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1273 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: March 14, 2011.
Keywords: Language Self-efficacy, Language Anxiety, Heritage Language Learners, Spanish learners
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jeannine Turner, Professor Directing Dissertation; Brenda Cappuccio, University Representative; Alysia Roehrig, Committee Member; Beth Phillips, Committee Member; Rebecca Galeano, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1273
Owner Institution: FSU

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Torres, K. M. (2011). Heritage Language Learners' Perceptions of Taking Spanish Language Classes: Investigating Perceptions of Skill-Specific Anxieties, Self-Efficacies, and Ethnic Identity. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1273