University Students' Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Foreign Language Learning in France

  • Nathalie Piquemal
  • Robert Renaud
Keywords: Language education


This study is based on a survey of 1,305 university students enrolled in English and other foreign-language classes across year levels in four major universities in France. It explores the factors that promote or hinder multilingualism, with special attention to the following questions: What are the beliefs and attitudes of students enrolled in various postsecondary institutions across France toward learning a foreign language? How do these beliefs and attitudes change as students progress from beginning first-year students to upper years? The results suggest that the reasons first-year students typically have for studying a foreign language have more to do with internal factors (e.g., personal attitude) than with external factoars (e.g., social value). Moreover, this trend becomes more pronounced with upper-year students whose motivation to learn a foreign language compared with that of first-year students is influenced less by perceived societal beliefs and more by intrinsic reasons.
How to Cite
Piquemal, N., & Renaud, R. (2006). University Students’ Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Foreign Language Learning in France. TESL Canada Journal, 24(1), 113 - 133.