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Revista signos

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ANDION, María Antonieta. Teachers of Spanish as a second/foreign language and varieties: Identity dialectal, attitudes and teaching practices. Rev. signos [online]. 2013, vol.46, n.82, pp.155-189. ISSN 0718-0934.

In this study we use anonymous questionnaires with a list of 20 questions (open- ended and close-ended) to survey 79 teachers of Spanish, both native and non-native speakers, in order to know their dialect identity, knowledge, contacts, decisions, and the convergences and divergences with the model of language they teach. We analyse their beliefs and attitudes towards the varieties of Spanish, starting with their own. The analysis of the responses shows native teachers are certain about their dialectal identity, while non-native are not and express a highest appreciation for a ‘neutral’ model. We conclude that the type of questionnaire proposed in this work is valid to find out the attitudes towards the varieties of this language. Some of the respondents show deep-rooted negative beliefs; others are more reflective and balanced in their opinions. Moreover, there is a clear interest and appreciation for acquiring a good knowledge of the varieties of the Spanish language, an essential aspect in their professional development.

Palabras clave : Teaching Spanish as a second language/foreign language; language variety; target model; teacher of Spanish as a second language/foreign language; attitudes.

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