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Language attitudes: construct, measurement, and associations with language achievements

Li, Chengchen; Wei, Li; (2022) Language attitudes: construct, measurement, and associations with language achievements. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 10.1080/01434632.2022.2137516. (In press). Green open access

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The article reports on the development and validation of a new scale for assessing attitudes towards multiple languages among multilingual students from Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, China. The Language Attitudes Scale-Student Form (LASS) was developed based on relevant theory and literature as well as interview data from four students and four language teachers. The LASS consists of 40 items, with ten measuring students’ attitudes towards their dialect, ethnic (minority) language, Putonghua, and English, respectively. The LASS was validated among 5,237 students of seven schools from the elementary level to the tertiary level. The participants were mainly from Han (n 1= 1,827) and two ethnic minority groups of Tujia (n 2= 2,242) and Miao (n 3= 886). The traditional triadic (cognition-affect-behaviour) model of language attitudes was generally supported across ethnic groups, languages, and educational levels. A series of validity tests and reliability tests were conducted, showing that the LASS was psychometrically sound. In addition, the predictive effects of language attitudes in self-perceived language proficiency and real language achievement were also confirmed to a large extent, highlighting the need to include language attitude as an important individual difference factor for language learning.

Type: Article
Title: Language attitudes: construct, measurement, and associations with language achievements
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2137516
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2022.2137516
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, Language attitude, Language Attitudes Scale-Student Form (LASS), ethnic minority groups, Tujia, Miao, English as a foreign language, MODEL, GARDNER
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10158870
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