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Attitudes to early formal learning of English as L3 in a bilingual community


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Foškić, Elen. (2019). Attitudes to early formal learning of English as L3 in a bilingual community. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Letica Krevelj, Stela].

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This diploma paper analyses parents’ attitudes to early language learning in schools in Istria, a bilingual county in Croatia. The aim of this paper was to observe whether parents demonstrated positive or negative attitudes to the acquisition of three languages from Grade 1 of primary school, since their attitudes and opinions could greatly influence children’s success during the language learning process. The paper presents the theoretical background to the study, focusing on the concepts such as early learning of multiple languages, interrelationships between each language, the role and influence of parents’ attitudes and the linguistic context of Croatia and Istria. The second part of the paper involves the description of the study, its aim, participants and form, which is followed by the results and discussion. The results generally showed positive attitudes towards early language learning, language teaching, the choice of foreign languages, simultaneous acquisition of three languages and the interrelationship between the languages. Lastly, the conclusion brings a summary of the main concepts and findings presented in this paper.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: bilingual community, early language learning, formal education, multilingual acquisition, parents’ attitudes
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Letica Krevelj, Stela
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 07:20
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 07:20

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