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Attitudes toward Interlanguage: What is the Object of Study?
The Modern Language Journal (1984)
  • Shaw N. Gynan, Western Washington University
The research on what may be referred to as attitudes toward interlanguage represents a growing area of concern to language teachers who wish to know how native speakers will respond to language learners' speech. Such knowledge would enable language teachers to determine classroom priorities based on practical realities of communication between native and nonnative speakers. Theoretical is issues such as the definition and characterization of attitudes toward interlanguage constitute a confused approach to this important problem. Most studies produced on attitudes toward interlanguage skirt theory in order to explore issues of immediate interest to language teachers, but variations in theory and method make reproduction or refutation of previous study results difficult, a state of affairs which is not conducive to a dynamic field of inquiry that uses research to revise and update applications of theory.
  • Interlanguage
Publication Date
Winter 1984
Publisher Statement
1984 The Modern Language Journal DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-4781.1984.tb02506.x
Citation Information
Shaw N. Gynan. "Attitudes toward Interlanguage: What is the Object of Study?" The Modern Language Journal Vol. 68 Iss. 4 (1984)
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