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Investigating the information needs of university students in foundational foreign language courses

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dc.contributor.author Westwood, Glenna
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-20T19:06:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-20T19:06:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.identifier.citation Westwood, G. (2012). Investigating the information needs of university students in foundational foreign language courses. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 3!2), 149- 162. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3112
dc.description.abstract This investigation seeks to address two issues: first, to discover if there is evidence that university students in foundational language courses need information resources to support their language learning and second, if such evidence exists, what the specific information resource needs might be and how important those resources are to students’ language learning. After engaging in a year of foreign language study, the author used the evidence gathered to develop and conduct a survey of the user needs of language students at the Self Access Centre (CAADI) of the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Results of the survey supported the personal learning experiences of the author. Over 80% of students surveyed reported using the information resources in the CAADI at least once a week with general grammar books, course text books and films being reported as the most important resources. This investigation provides a starting point for research in to the collection development practices of academic libraries supporting the learning of foreign languages. By examining the information needs of one population, evidence has been provided that these students do indeed need information resources to support their language learning. The study suggests specific resource types that could be important for these users. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SiSAL journal en_US
dc.subject Self access centers en_US
dc.subject Self access materials en_US
dc.subject Language learning--Research en_US
dc.subject Language and languages--Research en_US
dc.subject Information resources--Research en_US
dc.subject Foreign languages--Study and teaching--Research en_US
dc.title Investigating the information needs of university students in foundational foreign language courses en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Library en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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