Military L2 immersion : Language learning motivations among Finnish-speaking conscripts in a Swedish language garrison

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Vincze , L , Joyce , N & Vehkalahti , K 2017 , ' Military L2 immersion : Language learning motivations among Finnish-speaking conscripts in a Swedish language garrison ' , Language, interaction and acquisition , vol. 8 , no. 2 , pp. 276-290 . https://doi.org/10.1075/lia.16002.vin

Title: Military L2 immersion : Language learning motivations among Finnish-speaking conscripts in a Swedish language garrison
Author: Vincze, Laszlo; Joyce, Nick; Vehkalahti, Kimmo
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2017-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Language, interaction and acquisition
ISSN: 1879-7865
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/231976
Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to examine some of the motivations and longitudinal consequences of military service in L2 Swedish for L1 Finnish conscripts in Finland’s only Swedish language garrison. Cross-sectional data (N = 42), analyzed with Bayesian path analysis, indicates that promotional instrumentality enhanced participants’ L2 ideal selves, but integrative orientation did not. The L2 ideal self predicts L2 learning intentions in the army, but only among learners with low L2 proficiency at the beginning of military service. Longitudinal data (N = 17), analyzed with a Bayesian model selection procedure, shows that after six months in the army, participants reported higher levels of L2 proficiency, lower levels of L2 use anxiety and more positive attitudes towards L2 speakers than at the beginning of military service.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
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