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Extra-curricular exposure: sources, types and impacts


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Novosel, Kristina. (2014). Extra-curricular exposure: sources, types and impacts. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena].

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In this thesis, we tried to answer the questions concerning extra-curricular exposure, focusing primarily on the formal extra-curricular exposure, namely private lessons and private language schools. In order to do that, we conducted a study which enlightened this poorly researched area. The main issues we tried to address regarded the potential differences between urban and rural contexts, motivation and its connection to the extra-curricular exposure, formal and informal. However, we primarily focused on the differences between private lessons and private language schools in terms of teachers, materials used, motivation for choosing one type over the other, and the influence of formal extra-curricular types of exposure on the grade. Our findings suggest that there was a difference between pupils from urban and rural contexts. Families from rural context had a lower socioeconomic status which implies a lower level of education. Pupils from urban contexts had better grades, they reported being more motivated for learning English, and they were more exposed to informal media contents in comparison to their peers from rural contexts. They were more prone to attend private language schools, with the aim of improving the knowledge of language, not the grade. On the other hand, pupils from rural contexts preferred private lessons over private language schools, since they aimed more at improving the grade. Comparing private lessons and private language schools, our study showed that private lessons were more often taken with the aim to improve the school grade, which they managed to do, while private language schools were more often attended with the aim of improving the knowledge of language by pupils with mostly excellent grades. Consequently, private language schools were attended for a longer period of time and more regularly. Teachers in Extra-curricular exposure: sources, types and impacts Kristina Novosel private lessons were in some cases less qualified than their colleagues in private language schools and the percentage of communication in English was lower in private lessons. All in all, it should be noted that we tried to make a sound study covering a vast, and in terms of research, mostly unexplored area. Further, more detailed research based on the guidelines we have laid out could bring more exciting findings.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 10:14

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