Lernen Erwachsene Fremdsprachen anders? Motivation, Einstellungen, Angst als affektive Variablen im Zweitspracherwerb bei Erwachsenen und Kindern

  1. Małgorzata Czarnecka ORCiD: 0000-0003-2051-5901


Are there differences between child and adult foreign languagelearning? – Motivation, attitudes and anxiety as affective variables in foreign language learning in adults and children

The objective of this paper is to answer the following question: To what extent may age have an effect on learners’ motivation, attitudes and anxiety? This paper demonstrates that – with respect to all three variables – the learning environment is crucial for language acquisition: in an informal learning context children are usually more highly motivated to acquire the language than adults. In both formal and informal learning contexts adults have generally higher anxiety levels than children; this tendency may be connected with the desire to maintain a particular linguistic and cultural identity.

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Germanica Wratislaviensia

137, 2013

Pages from 181 to 192

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