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L2 Learners' and L2 Teachers' Stated L2 Beliefs

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Abstract

This study was an exploratory study, which was designed to explore a group of university students' statements of their L2 beliefs. In this study the learners were the students who were studying at a two-year technical university program to become technicians. The study took place at the IUT (Institut Universitaire de Technologie) de Mont de Marsan (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour). The researcher also attempted to explore the teachers' stated L2 beliefs to detect discordances between the teachers' and the learners' stated L2 beliefs. In order to be able to investigate the belief phenomenon from different perspectives this research study used diverse methodological approaches and theories. The researcher used both online questionnaires (teacher and learner) and individual interviews (teacher and learner) to triangulate the data obtained. One of the major findings of this research work was the learners' common belief about the importance of listening and speaking skills and communication based learning. This study also suggested links between the learners' beliefs and their goals, expectations and types of motivational orientations (intrinsic vs. extrinsic). Overall, the results did not indicate significant discrepancies between the teachers' and the learners' stated L2 beliefs.

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