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ERIC Number: ED591001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2528-9527
Exploring Primary School Students' Perceptions of English through Their Drawings
Yaman, Ismail
Online Submission, OPUS--International Journal of Society Researches v8 n14 p411-431 2018
English holds a lingua franca status all around the world today and foreign language education in most countries is primarily based on English. As a result of this high popularity of English language, primary school students now take English course as of Grade 2 in state schools in Turkey. Furthermore, private schools mostly offer English course as of Grade 1 or even kindergarten. This recent policy of low-age exposure to English has its roots in the 'critical age' principle. This qualitative study aims to explore the perceptions of primary school students ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 4 as to English through students-generated drawings. 268 students from three different primary schools (state) in Samsun, Turkey participated in the study and were asked to simply draw about English. Drawings here constitute the major data collection tool for the study and are intended to uncover the feelings or opinions of this low-age group of students about English. The collected drawings were handled through content analysis; and then the gathered data were coded and categorized as different images for the notion 'English'. Objects, interaction, English class, English course book, English teacher, etc. are among the most frequently depicted images. The qualitative findings of this study may be quite important considering the need to see the reflections of the recently-offered early English courses on young English language learners.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey