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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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Rev. bras. linguist. apl. vol.1 no.1 Belo Horizonte  2001 

Metodologia de pesquisa das crenças sobre aprendizagem de línguas: estado da arte1



Ana Maria Ferreira Barcelos

Universidade Federal de Viçosa




Language learning beliefs have been a topic in Applied Linguistics for 15 years now. Beliefs are considered as one of the individual learning differences that may influence the learning/acquisition process. Many studies have been published about language learning beliefs but few of them have examined the methodology of investigating beliefs. This paper is a state-ofart review of current research methodology on students' language learning beliefs. The author groups studies on language learning beliefs into three approaches according to their definition of beliefs, methodology, and the relationship between beliefs and actions. The main advantages and disadvantages of each approach are discussed and questions for the future research on students" language learning beliefs are offered at the end.



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1 Uma versão anterior desse trabalho foi apresentada no 12th World Congress o f Applied Linguistics, em Tóquio, Japão, Agosto 1-6, 1999.

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