T313 14 Famanila De Matta 2014 Parlez

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PARLEZ. TOKO. SPRECHEN: VARIOUS REASONS

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Parlez. Toku. Sprechen: Various Reasons Why International Studies Students of De La Salle University are Motivated to Study a Foreign Language
Miguel Angelo A. De Matta and Kurt Callum S. Famanila
Students, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University
April 1, 2014
Abstract
International Studies (IS) program is a program offered by several universities, like De La Salle University (DLSU), both locally and internationally. The program’s goal is to incorporate the culture, lifestyle and political practices of countries worldwide. This program also offers a variety of foreign languages to be studied as part of their curriculum. This research seeks to find the factors and the main reasons why IS students of DLSU are motivated to study such language courses. The data used were gathered through a survey conducted to thirty (30) International studies Students of DLSU, with ten (10) students coming from each of the majors under the IS program. Data were also gathered through an interview with three (3) professors – Ms. Yellowbelle Duaqui a Sociology professor, Dr. Luis Dery a history professor who has experienced learning a foreign language and Ms. Maria Tana who is a professor under the IS Department. The survey contained nine (9) questions while the interview contained nine (9) questions - one (1) general question asked for all three of them and two (2) specific questions differently asked per interviewee. The study showed that majority of the International Studies students of De La Salle University are motivated to study a foreign language because they believe that it is useful in their future career and they desire to visit the countries in which the language is spoken.

Keywords: International Studies, foreign language, motivation, usefulness, De La Salle University

PARLEZ. TOKO. SPRECHEN: VARIOUS REASONS

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Parlez. Toku. Sprechen: Various Reasons Why International Studies Students of De La Salle University are Motivated to Study a Foreign Language
Language is a form or manner of verbal or non-verbal communication. It is a system used by humans for them to understand and be understood by a particular group of people. A specific type of language is a foreign language. In defining a foreign language, first of all, the language comes from another country. According to Dictionary.com (n.d.), the language does not originate from the learner’s native setting; hence, a foreign language is not from the country of the one studying it. Secondly, it is not enough that the language has come from a different place. It is also an important factor that the language is not legally and formally accepted by the learner’s constitution as a native language. For example, the Filipino language is the mother tongue of the Philippines for it is legally embedded in their constitution. The Philippines, however, uses English as one of its languages as well. For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English (Philippine 1987 Const. art XIV, ᵴ 7). Going back to the first definition of a foreign language, English is considered to be a foreign language in the Philippines. On the contrary, it is stated in the Philippine constitution that English is legally accepted as one of Philippines’ native languages. Hence, even though English did not originate from the Philippines, it is still not a considered a foreign language for them since it is mandated by the law as one of their official languages. Lastly, the language is translatable to one's native language and is used for transactions and treaties. There are translations available, even if it is not verbatim, to a foreign language into the learner’s own language. The particular foreign language is used for official records and transcripts as a validation of its authenticity and existence. In De La Salle University, International Studies students are required to study at least one...


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