THE IMPACT OF POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE MESSAGES ON CHANGE IN ATTITÜDETOWARD INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS MARY L BRESNAHAN & MIN SUN KIM 1. GOAL OF THE STUDY Many undergraduates entering Colleges and universities in the United States have little or no experience in communicating with people from other countries. Even if they are open to such an experience, often the message they will be most likely to hear from other students is a warning to avoid classes that are taught by international teaching assistants. Positive messages about international teaching assistants are also present in the informal Student network, but often they are available only to those who have already manifested a desire to communicate with and learn from international students. The purpose of this study is to assess and document U.S. undergraduates' level of receptivity toward international teaching assistants (ITAs), and then to measure the impact that positive and negative messages have on these attitudes. This study discusses ways in which positive messages about cultural exchange and contact can be brought into greater prominence by all members of the university Community. Numerous studies confirm that language attitudes are acquired early and tend to be enduring and particularly resistant to
Folia Linguistica – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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