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Situational curiosity and interest in the glottodidactic process. Research study including adolescents learning English as a foreign language

Monika Michalak

Abstract

The main aim of the present thesis was to explain the significance and role of curiosity and interest in the glottodidactic process. The research project lasted from 2017 to 2019 and included 50 students from a rural primary school. During the study it was examined if and to what extent adolescents’ situational curiosity in English lessons can be fostered by the means of: new teaching methods (codified gestures, scenic learning, linguistic landscape), unusual forms of teaching (a drama project, out-of-school learning), properties of teaching aids/ materials and enhancing students’ question thinking. What is more, an attempt to observe if early adolescents’ individual interest in a foreign language (English in this case) is in close relation with their epistemic curiosity and their parents’ attitude towards practical knowledge of the language. The analysis of the collected empirical material showed that the didactic actions and measures taken had a significant positive influence on students’ situational curiosity and interest in a foreign language. A positive influence of the out-of-school factors was also observed. Induced and stimulated curiosity in a foreign language emerged significantly at the level of adolescents’ emotions, attention, knowledge and personal engagement.
Record ID
UAMc14b4538176c40d3860fa57c69c49998
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Ciekawość sytuacyjna i zainteresowanie w procesie glottodydaktycznym. Badanie na przykładzie adolescentów uczących się języka angielskiego jako obcego
Title in English
Situational curiosity and interest in the glottodidactic process. Research study including adolescents learning English as a foreign language
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Wydział Neofilologii [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNoJiL/WN)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.4 linguistics
Year of creation
2021
Start date
2018
Defense Date
18-03-2021
Title date
18-03-2021
Supervisor
Pages
337
URL
https://hdl.handle.net/10593/26179 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
glottodidactics; situational curiosity; interest; early adolescents
Abstract in English
The main aim of the present thesis was to explain the significance and role of curiosity and interest in the glottodidactic process. The research project lasted from 2017 to 2019 and included 50 students from a rural primary school. During the study it was examined if and to what extent adolescents’ situational curiosity in English lessons can be fostered by the means of: new teaching methods (codified gestures, scenic learning, linguistic landscape), unusual forms of teaching (a drama project, out-of-school learning), properties of teaching aids/ materials and enhancing students’ question thinking. What is more, an attempt to observe if early adolescents’ individual interest in a foreign language (English in this case) is in close relation with their epistemic curiosity and their parents’ attitude towards practical knowledge of the language. The analysis of the collected empirical material showed that the didactic actions and measures taken had a significant positive influence on students’ situational curiosity and interest in a foreign language. A positive influence of the out-of-school factors was also observed. Induced and stimulated curiosity in a foreign language emerged significantly at the level of adolescents’ emotions, attention, knowledge and personal engagement.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMc14b4538176c40d3860fa57c69c49998/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAMc14b4538176c40d3860fa57c69c49998

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