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FACTORS AFFECTING ATTITUDE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TOWARDS LEARNING OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: EVIDENCE FROM SELECTED ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOLS IN KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL  

SOHINI DATTA

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES

HALDIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,

HALDIA, PURBA MEDINIPUR,

WEST BENGAL, INDIA

 

Abstract

 

Attitude towards language is a construct that explains linguistic behaviour in particular. Attitude is one of the key elements for learning a language (Starks, D. & Paltridge B. 1996), (Karahan, 2007). Attitude is a variable thing and it can be viewed from various dimensions and its relation with language learning can be measured in numerous ways as well. Attitude can also be changed governing to many external as well internal personality factors of a person. Wenden gives a new dimension to attitude concept by dividing into three elements, namely: cognitive, evaluative and behavioral which all works together (Wenden 1991) while learning a language. Later on, Ladegaard points out mainly three factors of an attitude that affects language learning the most. They are ‘knowledge’, ‘emotion’, and ‘behaviour’ (Ladegaard 2000). Each factor has different recognizable parameters and experiment to elicit attitude changes and results of English language learning. The present study seeks to explore how these factors and parameters of attitude affect the essential language learning of English Medium High School Students of ‘Bengali’ Origin.

journal of english

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