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Attitudes towards Foreign Language Learning in Schools


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Dvorski, Mirna. (2019). Attitudes towards Foreign Language Learning in Schools. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Zovko Dinković, Irena].

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The increasing need for multilingualism in the recent decades has brought language learning and teaching into focus, both on the national level, where governments need to ensure quality foreign language education for their citizens, and on personal level, with an increasing number of individuals being required to speak more than one language. It is not surprising, then, to find more and more individuals interested in foreign language learning, which is increasingly introduced in early childhood. When it comes to early foreign language learning, it is the parents who choose the target language(s) their child is going to learn, their number and succession. These decisions depend on a number of factors, some of them being the attitudes of parents towards foreign language learning in general, towards the target language and its speakers. It is obvious that the attitudinal aspect of foreign language learning is of great importance, particularly when it comes to the role of parental attitudes in their child’s second language learning. The main goal of this thesis is to elicit the attitudes of parents or potential parents towards bilingualism and foreign language learning in general, towards early foreign language learning, towards speakers/learners of foreign languages and towards foreign language learning in Croatian primary schools. Furthermore, the thesis aims to analyse the beliefs of the participants in relation to contemporary scientific findings in the field of bilingualism. The second part of the thesis is dedicated to presenting theoretical explanations related to the focus of the thesis, as well as the conclusions of researchers concerned with (early) foreign language learning, which serve as a theoretical framework for the present study. The third part of the thesis involves the research study, which was conducted in the form of a questionnaire completed by the participants. The results of the study are first analysed quantitatively and then further discussed and contrasted with the findings of modern research. The thesis ends with a conclusion, in which the main points of the study are summarised.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: multilingualism, attitudes, foreign language learning
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Zovko Dinković, Irena
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 13:00
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 13:00

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