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Pupils' attitudes towards learning English as a foreign language in grades 5 and 6 of primary school

Darja Bertoncelj (2022) Pupils' attitudes towards learning English as a foreign language in grades 5 and 6 of primary school. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    Our action depends on our attitude towards the particular situation that requires action. A positive attitude towards learning can therefore have a positive impact on our performance. Even when learning English as a foreign language, attitude has a significant impact on language learning performance. Attitude towards learning a foreign language is closely related to motivation, and both change over time. For English teachers, it is important to recognise why there are differences between learners when it comes to learning a foreign language. The focus of this master’s thesis is to explore attitudes towards foreign language learning, motivation, and the key factors to learning English. A questionnaire survey was used to investigate the interest in learning English, pupils' perceptions towards English lessons and the English teacher, the experience of anxiety in English lessons, and the fear of failure among students learning English as a foreign language in Years 5 and 6 of primary school. The research results show that pupils have generally positive attitudes towards learning English as a foreign language. Statistically significant differences were recorded between girls and boys. There are also statistically significant differences between fifth and sixth graders in terms of perceived attitudes towards learning a foreign language. There is a correlation between anxiety in foreign language classes and achievement (grades). Anxiety is much more pronounced among students with lower grades. Pupils perceive the role of parents and teachers in foreign language learning to be important. This master's thesis has an impact on the didactics of foreign language teaching in the second cycle of primary education by offering insights into the importance of attitudes towards learning English, and how pupils experience learning a foreign language. The results of the study were used to present the current state of attitudes towards foreign language learning and to explain why there may be differences between boys and girls, and between fifth and sixth graders. In addition to the above, guidelines for improving attitudes towards foreign language learning are presented, as well as concrete solutions on how teachers can work to (further) improve the state of motivation for learning in their students.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: attitude, learning English as a foreign language, motivation to learn, second cycle of primary school
    Number of Pages: 70
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Mateja Dagarin FojkarMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/96572419
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7102
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 10:19
    Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:19
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7102

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