The Role of Informal English Language Teaching in Childhood on English Knowledge and Attitude Towards it in Adolescence

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of informal English language teaching in childhood on English knowledge and attitude towards it in adolescence. The research plot was ex-post facto one. The statistical population includes all first-year students of undergraduate of Islamic Azad University branches who had been studying humanities in the academic year of 1994-1995. The sample size of 200 students was selected by multistage cluster sampling method. The research tools were English knowledge test and attitude questionnaire which were developed by the researcher. Statistical analyses were executed by MANOVA. The results show: Informal English language teaching to people in childhood compared to those who were not taught in this period leading to more English knowledge and better attitude towards the English language in adolescence. Therefore, it is suggested to start English language teaching from childhood because of its importance and role in English knowledge and attitudes towards English in adolescence.



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Marzie Mobtada, Islamic Azad University Science & Research Branch, Iran
Aliakbar Saif, Islamic Azad University Science & Research Branch, Iran

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Conference: ACE2018
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity

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