Proceedings from the CALS conference 2014
Edited By Kristina Cergol Kovačević and Sanda Lucija Udier
Can the English language in music, on TV and the Internet improve formal EFL results of secondary school students?
Subtitled television programmes, the omnipresent English-language music and new media seem to provide a rich context for English foreign language acquisition among Croatian adolescents. The study compared the EFL grades of 78 secondary school students with their self-reported frequency of exposure to different English media and English in informal situations. The results revealed that students who frequently undertake activities involving the use of English in non-institutional context achieve better success in their formal English-language education at school. The study examines the frequency with which the students engage in watching English-language films or TV programmes, listening to English-language music, reading trivia and literature or talking to others in the foreign language, playing video games with English-language content and finally surfing the Internet; moreover, the research questions also address which of the mentioned activities has the greatest influence on excellent grades and which are most popular among male and which among female students. Analyses were also made regarding the attitudes of students towards music sung in English as opposed to Croatian music and their attitudes towards subtitling, captioning, and dubbing of English-spoken movies.
There seems to be a general agreement regarding the fact that children who are extensively exposed to a foreign language are more likely to understand and use it correctly than the ones who are not. Several authors (Lambert et al. 1970, Lambert and Klineberg 1967, Larsen and Smalley 1972, Macnamara 1973, as reported in d’Ydewalle 2002) have concluded...
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