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Switching to English: Effects on Motivation to use L2 French in Montreal


Switching to English: Effects on Motivation to use L2 French in Montreal

McNaughton, Stephanie (2014) Switching to English: Effects on Motivation to use L2 French in Montreal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Anecdotal information has suggested that individuals who use French as a second language in the Montreal public domain sometimes experience switches to English despite having initiated the conversation in French. Although this anecdotal information suggested that experiencing switches might have had a negative effect on motivation to use French, the effect of these switches in the Montreal context had not been addressed in previous literature. The current study explored whether or not the phenomenon of switching exists in Montreal as well as the possible effects it may have on motivation to use French as a second language. Data was collected from 13 French-as-a-second-language participants who documented their experiences using a web-based questionnaire. Although results suggest that the phenomenon of switching happens less frequently than the amount of non-switches experienced, it was found that, for intermediate users, not experiencing switches suggested a positive effect on motivation to continue the use and practice of French.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:McNaughton, Stephanie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Applied Linguistics
Date:June 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):McDonough, Kim
Keywords:Switching, second language, motivation, willingness to communicate, accommodation, French, English,
ID Code:978723
Deposited On:04 Nov 2014 17:36
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:47


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