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ERIC Number: EJ894151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
"English Is Not Easy, but I like It!": An Exploratory Study of English Learning Attitudes amongst Elementary School Students in Taiwan
Chung, I-Fang; Huang, Yi-Cheng
Educational Studies, v36 n4 p441-445 Oct 2010
In response to the growing needs of proficient English speakers, the Taiwan Ministry of Education officially included English in standard elementary school curriculum since 2001. English courses at elementary level were extended from the fifth grade to the third grade since the fall of 2005. It is significant to examine whether the educational reform has positively affected students' learning attitudes. Through focus group interviews and questionnaire survey at six elementary schools, this study explores students' attitudes towards learning English and ways of instruction. Results indicate that students generally have strong interests in English-speaking people and desire to spend time in English-speaking places. A majority of students enjoy learning English through games, and compliments from teachers or parents boost their learning motivation. The finding also reveals that English education in Taiwan seems to have directed students towards a narrow viewpoint of foreign cultures since many students associate foreigners with English-speaking people only. Finally, many students experience learning English at cram schools, which indicates the important role cram schools play in students' extracurricular learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan