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Language Varieties Between Norms and Attitudes

South Slavic Perspectives- Proceedings from the 2013 CALS Conference

Anita Peti-Stantic, Mateusz Milan Stanojevic and Goranka Antunovic

This volume brings together thirteen articles presented at the 27 th International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society held in Dubrovnik in 2013. The authors explore four groups of issues: stability and change at the intersection of the standard and other varieties; language policy and language attitudes in relation to the status of L1 and L2; bilingualism and multilingualism; translation solutions reaffirming and/or establishing the norm. The articles focus on the contemporary Croatian and Slovenian sociolinguistic situation, relating it to the current situation in Europe.
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Attitudes of Croatian learners towards learning English, German and Spanish in a formal environment

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In today’s global society there is a practical need to learn foreign languages for employment purposes, as a means of personal development and social adaptation. The foreign language learning process is a dynamic process that can be approached from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives and in various contexts. Numerous theories on language acquisition are constantly being tested and redefined. In modern language learning theories the focus is on the learner, his/her needs, expectations, attitudes and beliefs, motivation and learning strategies. Learner attitudes and beliefs towards foreign language learning are considered to be among the key factors for successful language acquisition. Few research projects in Croatia have dealt with the differences in beliefs regarding the learning process among various groups of learners. In this paper the results of a study carried out in the school year 2012/2013 among students from the Tourism and Catering School in Dubrovnik (N=321) are reported. The aim of the study was to provide an insight into the beliefs and attitudes of the learners towards the process of learning three standard languages in a formal environment: English, German and Spanish. The results obtained were compared and interpreted in the Croatian social and educational context. The research instrument applied was BALLI – Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory (Horwitz 1987). The Croatian translation of the questionnaire (Mihaljević Djigunović 1998) was adapted and administered for this study. A separate part of the questionnaire collected some general data on the respondents. Identification of learners’ beliefs and attitudes towards foreign...

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