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Variation in self-perceived proficiency in two 'local' and two foreign languages among Galician students

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Abstract

This contribution investigates interindividual variation in self-perceived proficiency ratings for speaking, listening, reading and writing of 122 Galician students in Spanish, Galician, English and French. The independent variables include family and school language(s), the number of languages known, the knowledge of other Romance or Germanic languages, language attitudes and age of onset of acquisition. Independent variables for foreign languages also included visits to the target language countries and the frequency of watching foreign television channels. The effect of gender and age were considered as well. Statistical analyses revealed that with the exception of Spanish, self-perceived proficiency scores were linked to a wide range of independent variables and that the same independent variables did not necessarily have similar effects across languages.

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