Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

French for Spanish speakers: A contrastive study of English monolingual, bilingual, and plurilingual adult learners of French
by Martinez Abadia, Jose Miguel, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 122; 1527728
Abstract (Summary)

A new French teaching program, “French for Spanish Speakers” (FSS) is spreading throughout Southern California whose aim is to bridge Spanish and English to facilitate learning French. FSS speculates that Spanish-English speakers have a greater advantage in learning French than monolingual English speakers (MES). This thesis is the first to empirically examine these speculations. The first section contrasts four linguistically different groups’ French grammar and French written fluency, accuracy, and complexity. The second section attempts to evaluate the FSS program. This study found a statistically significant difference in which Spanish-English speakers produced more fluent and complex compositions than MES. In addition, the findings of this study predict that Spanish-English speakers will ultimately internalize and retain French longer than MES. However, there seems to be no statistical significance in terms of written performance between Spanish-English speakers enrolled in FSS and those enrolled in regular French courses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abbuhl, Rebekha
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Linguistics, Adult education
Keywords: Adult language learners, French, Intercomprehension, L3 acquisition, Plurilingualism, Spanish
Publication Number: 1527728
ISBN: 9781303925832
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