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|Title:||Junior College Students' Perceptions of English Vacation Homework|
Department of English, NTNU
The requirement to do routine academic work in settings outside school is commonplace in education and has been a topic of interest to researchers of diverse fields. For EFL learners, it is especially important to extend their Eng!ish practices to out-of-school contexts. Long no-school periods such as vacations can provide good self-study opportunities if students are motivated to leam English. Nevertheless, experiences of this researcher and her colleagues indicate that junior college students have low completion rates of the assigned English vacation homework and show underachievement in homework assessment tests. Such phenomena prompted this study to investigate the rather unexplored area of English vacation homework by looking into students' perceptions of it. A questionnaire was administered to 246 second-year junior college students in Fall, 2004. The survey findings are displayed in 11 tables to compare and elaborate on students' previous homework experiences and their attitudes toward English vacation homework. As a pioneer study concemingvacation homework assigned in the EFL context, this study serves to provide EFL teachers a basic understanding about what factors may affect students' effort and beliefs towards English vacation homework and offers suggestions for what can be done to assist students in their vacation homework practices.
|Appears in Collections:||英語教學|
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