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

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Author/collaborator
Title
Switching to English: Effects on Motivation to Use L2 French in Montreal
Abstract
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. The author observes that although this anecdotal information suggests that experiencing switches might have had a negative effect on motivation to use French, the effect of these switches in the Montreal context has not been addressed in previous literature. The author explores 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.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
Concordia University
Place
Montreal
Date
2014
Language
en
URL
Citation
McNaughton, Stephanie. “Switching to English: Effects on Motivation to Use L2 French in Montreal.” Master’s Thesis, Concordia University, 2014. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/978723/1/McNaughton_MA_F14.pdf.
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