Efforts to gather data of various sorts—demographics,
language-learning history, contact with native speakers, use of the
language in the field—as they relate to participants in SLA
research studies are inherent to understanding more about language
acquisition and use. Scholars frequently develop questionnaires of
their own, which are rarely shared widely in the profession.
Consequently, much time and effort is invested in reinventing the
process of gathering the types of data that are commonly needed.This research was funded in part by a grant
to Barbara F. Freed from the Council for International Educational
Exchange (New York), in part by a grant from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada to Norman Segalowitz, and in part
by a grant from the Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Science, at
Concordia University to Segalowitz.