The role of attitudes in the development of Russian as a foreign language: A retrospective study

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Szilvia Bátyi

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The article reports the findings of a retrospective study which looked at Hungarian learners’ attitudes towards Russian people, the Russian language and teachers of Russian. Mixed-methods sequential explanatory design (Ivankova, Creswell, & Stick, 2006) was applied which combines the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data in two consecutive phases. First person accounts turned out to be a useful and relevant resource for exploring individual differences in proficiency in Russian. Differences in attitudes appear to play a role in the developmental process, but to what extent this refers to attrition or non-acquisition is unclear.

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Szilvia Bátyi, University of Pannonia, Veszprém

szilviabatyi7@gmail.com

Szilvia Bátyi got her PhD from the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary in 2011, and in 2012 she joined the academic staff of the Department of Applied Linguistics at the same university where she works as an Assistant Professor. She participated in several projects, edited books and volumes, attended and organised international conferences and teaches at the BA, MA and PhD levels. Her research interests include bi- and multilingualism, linguistic landscape and language attrition.

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