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Affective Profiles of Vocational School EFL Learners


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Kolar, Tamara. (2014). Affective Profiles of Vocational School EFL Learners. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena].

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Individual differences (IDs) research belongs to a field of language study that deals with cognitive and affective variables which determine each person’s characteristics. In this paper the focus will be strictly on affective variables: language anxiety, motivation and attitudes. Firstly, we will define these concepts and describe important findings and theories concerning each of them. This theoretical groundwork clarifies the importance of these concepts in shaping affective profiles of every language learner. The study that we conducted was aimed at describing affective profiles of vocational school EFL learners. The sample included 117 learners from a smaller urban/rural school, attending three and four-year vocational programs. The participants’ filled out a questionnaire measuring their motivation, attitudes and language anxiety regarding English language learning. The results show relatively high motivation, positive attitudes toward English language and low language anxiety. Some relevant correlations between certain affective profile elements are also presented, suggesting important interrelationships and interconnectedness between them. In the end, we offer some suggestions for further research, which might be based on the present research study.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: individual differences, affective profile, motivation, attitudes, language anxiety
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 13:23
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 13:23

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