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Teachers' and pupils' attitudes to teaching and learning a foreign language in the first grade of primary school

Dora Hočevar Jelovčan (2014) Teachers' and pupils' attitudes to teaching and learning a foreign language in the first grade of primary school. Diploma thesis.

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    In the theoretical part of my undergraduate thesis, I presented the needs for learning foreign languages, characteristics of young learners and the reasons for learning a foreign language at young age. In school year 2012/13 I taught three grades of children attending first class. English classes were offered by school as above standard programme. Lessons were based on Content-Based Approach, which combines the foreign language learning with the curriculum content. In the empirical part, I found that children are motivated for learning a new language and they like coming to English lessons. Most of the interviewed parents (53 %) think, that children should start learning a foreign language in the first grade, or even sooner, in pre-school (26,6 %). I found out that parents’ attitudes differ, based on the level of their education. The results show that parents are mostly (98 %) pleased with the offer and execution of the programme which justified their expectations. I can therefore conclude that the used didactical approaches were appropriate and the programme was executed successfully.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: foreign language, early education, motivation, characteristics of young learners, didactical approaches, the role of a teacher, the role of parents
    Number of Pages: 86
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    asist. dr. Mateja Dagarin FojkarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10145353)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2332
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 10:11
    Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 10:11
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2332

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