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Teaching and learning English in the Youth school


Darbas anglų kalba. Anglų kalbos mokymas. Introduction. Glossary. Teaching and learning English language in the youth school. Distinguishing features of teaching and learning in the youth school. Nature of motivation. Motivation for learning english language. Variety of factors that intervene to lessen a student’s motivation. Variety of factors that foster motivation for learning english. Possibilities to change teaching and learning offered by education improvement project. Design of an empirical research. Influence of participation in education improvement project on teaching and learning Eenglish language in the youth school (empirical research). Conclusions.


Lithuanian social, cultural and economic system has been changing very fast in recent years. Some schools of general education could not adjust to these changes. Consequently, a number of students left the schools before graduating. Although education is compulsory for children up to 16 years in Lithuania, every year some students remain without acquiring basic general education. Some of the students enter the Youth school. In 1993, the Board of Culture and Education passed the concept of the Lithuanian Youth schools. According to the Concept of Lithuanian Youth schools, "this school is established for those who do not manage to cope with a system in general schools, and who lack motivation for learning (due to psychological, training or social reasons)". (http://www.smm.lt/teisine_baze/docs/isakymai/2005-12-12-ISAK-2549 (2).doc)

The subject for the research paper (project work) was chosen because the author of this paper works at Youth School and meets problems related to the education of such students and that her colleagues working at Youth School have a constant problem: students lack motivation for learning school subjects ( English language is not an exception). Teachers endeavour to increase students` motivation for learning, because one of the main goals of the Youth school is to "help students to return to the system of general education and to return and form students` self–confidence by fostering their motivation for learning." (http://www.smm.lt/teisine_baze/docs/isakymai/2005-12-12-ISAK-2549 (2).doc) Work of the teacher at Youth school is more complicated then one of the teacher at general secondary school, because the teacher of the Youth school not only has to organise teaching process according to the Lithuanian General Teaching Programs And Standards of Education but also, by all ways and means, to increase pupils` motivation for learning.

A number of ways exists to achieve the goal. These ways are to be explored in order to help the teacher of the Youth school to choose the most appropriate ones. To find out the optimal ways to foster students` motivation and to understand the reasons of lack of motivation for learning- careful analysis of pedagogical and psychological materials should be done. The contemporary pedagogical-psychological literature, widely used in latest pedagogical studies, forms the theoretical basis for this research work. Analysis of documents, such as the Concept of the Youth Schools, and questionnaires are employed in this project work too. Moreover, new possibilities to increase the Youth School students` motivation for learning, offered by participation in the Education Improvement project, are analysed.

One way to solve the problem, addressed in this project work, is to find roots of lack of interest in learning and to make every effort to get students interested in learning foreign language. If students do not get enough help from a teacher in a language classroom, they may soon get de-motivated and lose their interest in learning. On the other hand, if the right activities are taught in the right way, learning English can be a lot of fun, raising general learner motivation and making the English language learning fun and interesting. The reason for students' unwilling to learn may simply be that the class activities are boring or are at the wrong level. Very often, our interesting learning activities are not quite as interesting as we think they are. This research project must induce the Youth school teachers to take a closer look at the teaching methods they use, and see if they really capture students' interest to learn English.

Object: Ways to increase the Youth school students` motivation for learning English.
Target group: 7-10th form students of the Youth school.
Research question: In what ways students' motivation for learning English language can be effectively fostered?
Aim of the research: To identify the effective ways that foster the Youth school students` motivation for learning English language.
1. Define specific features of teaching and learning in the Youth school
2. Determine types of motivation and reveal reasons of motivation for learning English
3. Identify factors that influence the development of students’ motivation for learning English
4. Explore the impact of participation in Education Improvement project on the Youth school students` learning English language from the perspective of students and teachers
Methods of the research:
"Critical and systematic analysis of pedagogical - psychological literature, documents and statistical information.
"Quantitative and qualitative research (open/closed type questionnaires)
The empirical research revealed that teachers and students’ opinions concerning the Education Improvement project are positive from a perspective of its certain positive impact on motivation. ...

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Tinklalapyje paskelbta2007-02-12
DalykasPedagogikos diplominis darbas
TipasDiplominiai darbai
Apimtis33 puslapiai 
Literatūros šaltiniai38 (šaltiniai yra cituojami)
KalbaAnglų kalba
Dydis57.99 KB
Viso autoriaus darbų1 darbas
Metai2006 m
Švietimo institucijaVytauto Didžiojo Universitetas
Failo pavadinimasMicrosoft Word Teaching and learning English in the Youth school [speros.lt].doc

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