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Contemporary Approaches in Education and Communication

Edited By Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Içbay, Alejandro J. Gallard and S. Lizette Ramos

This book presents a collection of papers written by researchers, teachers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of social sciences. The scientific studies include a wide range of topics from the analysis of social science textbooks to the teacher image in newspapers, the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level and the role of organizational silence on the loneliness of academics in work life.

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The Effects of a Foreign Language on Students Overall Success – Bilingualism at an Early School Age (Nazlı Tyfekçi)


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Nazlı Tyfekçi

The Effects of a Foreign Language on Students Overall Success – Bilingualism at an Early School Age

Abstract: The last century is considered to be the century of the revival of interest of learning a second language, and it has remained an issue with high interest in educational research fields. In its contexts, it has been also discussed about the cognitive effects of a person speaking more than one language. The linguist Cook, asserts that the benefits of learning a second language is ‘brain exercises,’ hereupon more complex sentences are being produced by students who have learned a second language, respectively bilingual ones (Cook, 2003, p. 212). This in turn influenced the researches on tracing the most appropriate age to start with a foreign language acquisition.

The aim of this empirical research was to identify any potential positive consequences that a foreign language may influence on students’ overall success in primary school. First of all a brief overview of the different theoretical approaches has been presented. Secondly, an analysis of pedagogical documentation has been applied with the purpose of surveying the possible variations of students overall success before and after the commencement of learning English from the third grade of elementary schools in Kosovo. Moreover two different questionnaires have been applied, where students and teachers have expressed their opinion toward foreign language at the very first years of elementary school. Many statistical methods have been used for statistical...

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