Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft

Band 58:
Kunschak, Claudia: Language Variation in Foreign Language Teaching. On the Road to Communicative Competence. 153 S. - Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Wien: Lang, 2004.
ISBN: 3-631-53192-3
Dieser Band ist im IDS verfügbar:
[Buch] IDS-Bibliothek: Sig. UD 828

Language variation in foreign language teaching has been given little attention so far. Yet variation might be a useful tool for the development of communicative competence among learners. For this reason, awareness of and attitudes toward language variation were explored among college-level students of German. Participants were asked to listen to language samples in L1 and L2, fill out a questionnaire and volunteer for interviews. Findings indicate a high level of variation awareness, a positive attitude towards learning about variation, and a clear understanding of the role of variation in identity, culture and communication. The inclusion of variation into curricula, materials, and teacher training might thus be useful in preparing learners for real-life encounters with native speakers.


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I. Introduction
Statement of the problem S. 11
Background and previous research S. 12
Purpose of the study S. 13
Research questions and methods S. 16
Significance of the study S. 17
Scope and limitations S. 18
Definition of terms S. 19
Organization of the book S. 20
II. Review of the literature
Language variation S. 23
Language attitude S. 27
Attitude measurement S. 32
Language awareness S. 34
Language ideology S. 38
Communicative competence S. 41
III. Methods
Research design S. 47
Participants S. 50
Materials and instruments S. 51
Data collection S. 57
Data organization and coding S. 61
IV. Findings
Preview of salient findings S. 66
Descriptive summary of questionnaire data S. 67
Inferential analysis of questionnaire data S. 74
Indirect attitude measurement S. 77
Interviews S. 80
V. Discussion and conclusion
Summary S. 109
Discussion of findings in relation to initial research questions? S. 110
Recommendations S. 120
Limitations of the study S. 122
Suggested further research S. 124
Conclusion S. 125
APPENDIX A: Transcript of voice sample S. 127
APPENDIX B: Indirect attitude measurement S. 130
APPENDIX C: Background questionnaire S. 132
APPENDIX D: Interview questions S. 136
APPENDIX E: Cronbach-α S. 137
APPENDIX F: Inferential statistics – Voice samples S. 139
APPENDIX G: Excerpts from interview transcripts S. 140
References S. 147