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Watching video or studying?: An investigation of the extramural activities and Japanese language proficiency of foreign language learners of Japanese
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examined the extramural activities, that is, what a language learner does with the target language outside of class time, in Japanese of adult beginner level foreign language learners of Japanese studying at Stockholm University, Sweden, and how these activities relate to Japanese language proficiency. The study looked at both extramural activities and foreign language proficiency from a holistic and quantitative perspective. The participants' extramural activities were measured through self-reported data in a questionnaire, and several measures; a cloze test, earlier grades, and self-evaluations; were triangulated and used to provide an adequate measure of general Japanese language proficiency.

   The results indicate that extramural activities which provide a foreign language learner with enough time for thorough processing of input and support through the usage of several cooperating modalities seem to have a positive effect on general foreign language acquisition.

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2014. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Extramural activities, foreign language proficiency, incidental language acquisition, Japanese, adult learners, cloze test, self-evaluation, media, modality
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Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104769OAI: diva2:726230
2014-06-05, 20:56 (English)
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-17 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved

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