Parents’ Roles and Attitudes towards Teaching English to Young Learners


CESUR K. , TOK G.

9th ELT Research Conference, Interdisciplinary approaches: Beyond the borders of ELT methodology, Çanakkale, Türkiye, 12 - 14 Mayıs 2016, ss.47

  • Basıldığı Şehir: Çanakkale
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.47

Özet

The main purpose of the study was to find out the roles and attitudes of the parents
whose children learn English towards ELT for young learners. The study was
designed as a quantitative study and conducted with 157 parents in Çanakkale. A
confidence level questionnaire was conducted to the parents. The results indicated that
the mean rank values of parents’ roles and attitudes towards ELT for young learners
had a high mean score. Moreover, it has been found out that there is no statistically
difference between female and male participants’ attitudes and roles towards ELT for
young learners. In addition, there is no statistically difference between educator and
other participants’ attitudes and roles towards ELT for young learners when the mean
values of all items have been analyzed. The results of the study revealed that both
parents knowing English and the ones not knowing it have almost similar mean
values, so no significant difference can be claimed. When parents’ education level and
the mean scores of each item in the questionnaire were analyzed, it can be inferred that
there are statistically significant differences. Lastly, parents whose monthly income is
between 0tl and 1000tl have the highest mean score of the item 7 which refers to the
idea “I want my children to learn English because it will someday be useful in getting
a good job”. Implications and suggestions for further research were put forward at the
end of the study.