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Brussels Corpus


This corpus was collected by a team of researchers at the Free University of Brussels, led by Professor Alex Housen.

In their study, they investigated the simultaneous learning of two foreign languages (French and English) in an educational context (secondary education in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, Belgium).
The objective of the study was to evaluate the linguistic and socio-psychological outcomes of the teaching-learning process in both target languages at the end of secondary education and to examine the contribution of curricular and extra-curricular factors to these outcomes.
To this end, some 150 Dutch-speaking Flemish students from different schools were tested for their proficiency (speaking, reading, writing, reading proficiency and metalinguistic knowledge) in both target languages as well as for their attitudinal-motivational disposition towards the two languages. Despite the fact that French is one of the official languages of Belgium, and despite the fact that the pupils have more classroom contact with French than with English, the overall results indicate higher levels of proficiency in English than in French, and a more favourable disposition towards English than towards French, pointing to the dominance of extra-curricular factors (e.g. socio-cultural context, additional input via the media) over curricular factors (amount and type of instruction and classroom contact). A breakdown of the scores on the various test components, however, suggests a more intricate interplay between both types of factors as determinants of foreign language proficiency and socio-psychological orientation in an educational context.

Only the Frog Story narration is included in the FLLOC database. For details of the other tasks, please contact Alex Housen (