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Špela Žibert, 2012, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: In my diploma paper I write about reading the novel in a foreign language, that is English in this case, and acquiring vocabulary from it. The novel is The Railway Children written by Edith Nesbit. The paper is about reading as a process, reading as a skill, reading strategies and styles, reading techniques, problems and difficulties that learners have to deal with when reading. I also studied learning vocabulary and learning vocabulary from the novel. I mentioned anticipated problems and experience from my teaching practice. I chose this subject because I teach in a primary school where the learners in the ninth grade attend the English competition every year and this is the literary work they have to read for it. They have to deal with formal language, spoken language and direct speech which is written phonetically. There are also old-fashioned expressions and phrases that had to be interpreted.
Keywords: reading, vocabulary, second language learners, learning, foreign language.
Published: 12.06.2012; Views: 2001; Downloads: 67
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Katarina Jelen, 2012, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Throughout the history German language has been influenced by many different languages; today its vocabulary contains words from Latin, French, Italian and what interests me most in my diploma paper – from English. Some words have been a part of the German language for decades – those are loan words. But then again other words would keep their original spelling and pronunciation and those words remained foreign words. What interests me is the term Germlish, which is a combination of English and German language, spoken whether by foreigners trying to speak German, or by the Germans using English expressions excessively. In my diploma paper I focused on the latter version of it: I tried to find out how the Germans accept Germlish. On one hand there are some linguists, critics and organizations, who claim Germlish is a corruption of both languages involved, still others claim Germlish is a way to a common language all over the world. Considering that English is a dominating language, I wanted to know how different fields of German language are influenced by it. I dealt with the word-formation of the language of German youth, economics language and computer language. The word-formational aspects are presented in the theoretical part and in empirical part the anglicisms I took from several German newspapers and magazines are analyzed.
Keywords: anglicism, foreign word, loan word, world language
Published: 16.05.2012; Views: 1573; Downloads: 70
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Detecting and preventing plagiarism in a foreign language e-learning course
Sara Orthaber, 2009, original scientific article

Abstract: E-learning is becoming an increasingly common if not an essential strategy in academic institutions and the Faculty of Logistics of the University of Maribor, Slovenia is no exception. However, this new teaching mode also brings about new forms of academic misconduct, which is the main topic of this paper. The first proposed methodological approach was to take into account students' general experience, motivation and satisfaction with e-learning from previously undertaken studies. Then students' submitted assignments from the 8-week foreign language course English in Logistics were analyzed with the objective of finding whether the perception of intellectual property rights of those students who had been warned has changed and what the reasons for plagiarism might have been: did plagiarism attempts somewhat diminish, or did students deliberately continue to copy from the internet? What reasons for plagiarizing other than stress resulting from potential problems of integrating contemporary technology into the learning process may there be?
Keywords: internet plagiarism, e-learning, foreign language, motivation, plagiarism detection software
Published: 05.06.2012; Views: 1186; Downloads: 205
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Comparative assessment of young learners' foreign language competence in three Eastern European countries
Mihaela Brumen, Branka Čagran, Shelagh Rixon, 2009, original scientific article

Abstract: This paper concerns teacher practices in, and beliefs about, the assessment of young learners' progress in English in three Eastern European countries (Slovenia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic). The central part of the paper focuses on an international project involving empirical research into assessment of young learners' foreign language competence in Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. With the help of an adapted questionnaire, we collected data from a non-random sample of primary and foreign language teachers who teach foreign languages at the primary level in these countries. The research shows that English as a foreign language is taught mostly by young teachers either primary specialists or foreign language teachers. These teachers most frequently use oral assessment/interviews or self-developed tests. Other more authentic types of assessment, such as language portfolios, are rarely used. The teachers most frequently assess speaking and listening skills, and they use assessment involving vocabulary the most frequently of all. However, there are significant differences in practice among the three countries.
Keywords: education, assessment, early learning, young learners, foreign languages, foreign language learning
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 967; Downloads: 75
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Obstacles to change in teacher education : Elektronski vir
Slavko Cvetek, 2007, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: In his paper, the author points to the well-known fact that the key obstacle to quality improvement in many traditional teacher education institutions is the prevailing philosophy which gives priority to traditional academic disciplines and specialist subject knowledge at the expense of practical and professional knowledge that teachers need. He then presents some of the findings of his research, a rational end empirical evaluation of the study programme for future English language teachers at the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor in which he investigated, among other things, the beliefs of the academic staff about the role of theory and practice in the curriculum and, specifically, their beliefs about the relevance of their respective subjects (academic disciplines) for the programme as such. The findings suggest that many of the academic staff, while formally recognising the role of practical knowledge for the profession of the teacher, show little awareness of the purposes of contemporary teacher education and hold rather idealised views about the relevance oftheir respective subjects (academic disciplines) for the study programme as such. For comparison, some findings of an empirical study conducted among students are also given.
Keywords: education, teacher education, teachers, foreign language teachers, evaluation
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1178; Downloads: 36
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The concept of team-work in the early childhood : the correlation between motor and foreign language learning in the early childhood
Polona Oblak, Matjaž Vehovar, 2007, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: Collaborative teaching is used in many kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities around the world in order to foster learnersć enthusiasm, social skills and to promote interdisciplinary learning. In Slovenia the instruction to use this new method started in kindergartens and primary schools and two years ago in the secondary grammar schools around Slovenia. Unfortunately, team-teaching can sometimes be enforced and imposed onto professors with no firm aim or goal previously set. Such team - work can neither satisfy learners' needs, nor can it offer a stimulating environment for the professors involved in this fairly new method. Team-teaching method was used in a pilot project with very young learners of English called "Sports and English". It is believed that more professors working together can elaborate more dynamic, flexible, creative, interdisciplinary and methodologically demanding projects. Apparently, learning different skills by using various approaches in the early years helps with whole child development, because learning affects different fields of psychophysical development in similar ways. The key to this learning is the engagement of unconscious psychological processes, such as recognition, perception, etc. There are similar processes going on different learning activities, such as solving in problems through motor activities and foreign language learning. This research space focuses on the correlation between motor efficiency and the level of foreign language acquisition. The examples of good practice in the pilot project 'Sports and English' are presented in terms of team-teaching of two professors, and consequently cross-curricular disciplines and assessment. Not only does team teaching have a great impact on developing learners' multiple intelligences and learning styles, it also develops social skills and the perception of individuals. Finally, correlation of the two disciplines with two professors contributes tremendously to whole child development.
Keywords: education, early learning, foreign language learning, motor abilities, interdisciplinary learning, language acquisition
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1111; Downloads: 36
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Simona Marolt, 2012, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Reading is a part of communication. Reading is important and the aim of reading is to understand the information given in the text. There is much information that we have to read in our everyday lives. We have to read timetables, newspapers, e-mails, text messages and information on the web; children read when they do exercises or learn. We read because we are interested in something, for fun, or to relax. Reading is a part of the learning process, as well. Reading develops knowledge of and interest in a foreign language. The Reading Badge is a movement that has successfully promoted reading quality literature in Slovenia for over 50 years; The English Reading Badge is an activity that promotes reading a foreign language. Books that are carefully chosen by the teacher provide a rich environment for both language and culture. Apart from choosing materials, the role of the teacher is to train students to use methods and techniques that contribute to better comprehension. The practical examples in the thesis are ideas that I apply with my own students. By reading various books and doing activities in connection with them, we can see how their motivation to read grows and reading improves. Wallace’s statement “We want to give learner-readers a reason for turning the page” (Wallace 151) is more than appropriate here, since it encourages good work on the area of reading.
Keywords: Reading, reading comprehension, reading motivation, reading in a foreign language, The Reading Badge.
Published: 25.07.2012; Views: 2113; Downloads: 155
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Eda Drmota, 2013, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: The diploma thesis addresses the use of music in teaching English and discusses many aspects of music and language learning. The theoretical part introduces music as an important factor in people's lives and presents reasons for its decisive role in acquiring a foreign language. It also provides a comparison between language and music and their effect on human brains. The attention is paid to songs which are presented as an effective pedagogical tool indispensible especially in young learners’ classroom. The aim of the empirical part is to give insight into the use of songs in current English classrooms by examining six English coursebooks which are used with fourth and fifth graders. The study clarifies the function of songs and analyses their presentation based on chosen criteria which define a good language learning song. My research also focused on pupils and their experience of songs in chosen coursebook. The sample included 124 pupils. The aim was to find out which songs are pupils' favourite and which criteria are the most important to them when choosing a favourite song. The findings of the research have been set in the conclusion.
Keywords: foreign language teaching, early language teaching, English coursebooks, Primary School, music, song, human brains, motivation
Published: 09.05.2013; Views: 2197; Downloads: 246
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David Satler, 2013, master's thesis

Abstract: The main aim of this thesis was to examine verbal working memory in native and foreign language. In the theoretical part we mainly focused on the Baddeley’s (2002) multicomponent model of working memory. We also reviewed several studies that had aims similar to ours. Finally, we briefly discussed the importance of working memory for scholastic attainment and effectiveness of working memory training. For the empirical part, two versions of an experiment were designed. One version was in Slovene and the other in English. We tested verbal working memory of 76 participants which we divided into four groups. Two groups were tested in their native (Slovene) language, and two in foreign (English) language. The experiment consisted of twelve word sequences, each containing five words. English words were matched with their Slovene equivalents in meaning, frequency and number of syllables. The participants had to recall each word in a sequence in order in which it appeared. The groups were matched for age and level of education, but differed in language proficiency. Results of the experiments strongly support the view that verbal working memory interacts with language proficiency and that it is superior in native language. Furthermore, similar phenomena showed in both languages, suggesting universal nature of verbal working memory.
Keywords: working memory, verbal working memory, foreign language, native language, language proficiency
Published: 07.10.2013; Views: 1433; Downloads: 173
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