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The correlation between watching television programmes in English and listening comprehension of the 5th grade primary school pupils

Dunja Đurić (2017) The correlation between watching television programmes in English and listening comprehension of the 5th grade primary school pupils. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    There’s a general belief that we learn throughout our lives, often even subconsciously. This is precisely the way we can start learning a foreign language. Learning English language starts upon entering elementary school – as an optional elective course in the first grade and as a compulsory subject in the second grade (from school year 2016/2017 onwards), and informal learning of the language much earlier than that. Daily encounters with foreign languages are quite ordinary. Two hours per week in schools is noticeably too little to learn a foreign language well. We can find very little information about students’ exposure to foreign languages outside the classroom. Today, digital media and the Internet are present almost everywhere and such content is accessible to almost anyone. We are offered a great variety of television programs (both in foreign and native language) and parents often tell us that their children watch cartoons on English television channels. By doing so, they listen to a native speaker and are exposed to simple language that is supported with visual support. In the master thesis I wanted to investigate whether watching an English television program (without dubbing or subtitles in the Slovenian language) positively affects the listening skills of students of the fifth grade of elementary school. I have done the research with a questionnaire and a standardized listening comprehension test. 193 fifth graders from six different elementary schools were included in the research. I have found out that students spend more time in front of the television screen at the end of the week. Statistical analysis showed that students who watch more television programs in English, achieved more points at the standardized listening comprehension test. Most students think that watching English television programs has a good influence on their language skills. Students who don’t like watching television in English achieved fewer points on the test.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: television program in English language, listening comprehension, early learning of English, subconscious learning
    Number of Pages: 66
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Mateja Dagarin FojkarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11561545)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4476
    Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 08:50
    Last Modified: 01 Jun 2017 08:50
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4476

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