Abstract

Utilizing in-depth interviews and constant comparative analysis through a qualitative approach, this research study examined the development of second language acquisition of US immigrants via the mass media as a part of the acculturation process. Nine international students (or international spouses of students) of a major midwestern university participated in 25-60 minute interviews. Based on participant responses, the author formulated the mediated language acquisition process, or the process by which the participants acquired English as an additional language with the help of the mass media. Additionally, motivation was found to be the primary indicator of the rate of language acquisition. The motivation cycle of mediated language acquisition attempts to describe the elements and factors involved in the increase or decrease of motivation during mediated language acquisition. Finally, the author presents some key findings of the study, regarding types of media and message which were most beneficial to participants as they acquired English as a new language.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Fine Arts and Communications; Communications

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Date Submitted

2011-03-14

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4293

Keywords

acculturation, motivation, media, language acquisition, interviews, qualitative, constant comparative analysis

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