The Attitudes, Age and Gender in Second Language Learning and Psychosocial Contexts

By Sandra Andrade Figueiredo and Carlos Fernandes da Silva.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In the scope of the battery developed – BAMA (motivational, affective and learning aspects assessment), in PhD investigation, we are able to assess and to predict the influence of several factors in the differences between children and adolescents with migratory experience in the second-language/culture learning. It´s our intention present results in what respect to the motivation and attitudes manifested by each nationalities, ages and gender groups. The children and female present means more favourable in several psychological variables, as predictors in the languages learning, what we can relate to findings of other investigations. Age, gender and also the nationality are, effectively, factors in the languages acquisition/learning achievement and in the attitudes developed. The individuals are from several countries, with different mother languages and different experiences. There are results that could help to understand behaviours and achievement that different students, according to neuropsychological and linguistic predispositions, present in second language acquisition/learning and in the biopsychosocial development.

Keywords: Second-Language Acquisition, Nationality, Attitudes, Age, Gender

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.113-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 670.667KB).

Sandra Andrade Figueiredo

Researcher, Department of Educational sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Degree in Teaching of Portuguese, Latin and Greek Languages (2005), University of Aveiro, Portugal. PHD student at the University of Aveiro under the theme of Psychological Factors and cognitive abilities in Second-Language Acquisition, with a research grant (SFRH/BD/24819/2005) given by the Foundation for Science and Technology.

Carlos Fernandes da Silva

Full Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Psychologist and Full Professor of Aveiro University, Portugal. Psychology B.A. and PhD degrees (Coimbra University). Post-graduate degree in Neurosciences (Anatomy Department of Oxford University). Work domains: neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. Areas of researching: sleep and chronobiology, neuropsychology and experimental psychology.

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