Title

Motivations and Attitudes of High School Spanish Students

Date

5-30-2013 5:00 PM

Location

Education (ED) 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Carmen Caceda

Session Chair

Ken Carano

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Title

Department of Teacher Education Student Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ken Carano

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This research explored the motivation and attitudes of Spanish language learners in an Oregon high school. Learners at this school are in a unique socio-cultural context where Spanish is spoken by almost half of the families at the school, yet Hispanics/Latinos in the community are often marginalized. First and fourth-year students were surveyed to determine the motivations and attitudes of first-year students, compared to fourth-year students. Fourth-year students were also questioned about how their motivations and attitudes have changed over the years. The results can be used to determine which motivations and attitudes correlate with persistence in language-learning.

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May 30th, 5:00 PM

Motivations and Attitudes of High School Spanish Students

Education (ED) 217

This research explored the motivation and attitudes of Spanish language learners in an Oregon high school. Learners at this school are in a unique socio-cultural context where Spanish is spoken by almost half of the families at the school, yet Hispanics/Latinos in the community are often marginalized. First and fourth-year students were surveyed to determine the motivations and attitudes of first-year students, compared to fourth-year students. Fourth-year students were also questioned about how their motivations and attitudes have changed over the years. The results can be used to determine which motivations and attitudes correlate with persistence in language-learning.