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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis konferencijos medžiagoje Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or Scopus DB conference proceedings (P1a)
Field of Science: Edukologija / Education (S007)
Author(s): Mačianskienė, Nemira;Bijeikienė, Vilma
Title: Extracurricular language and culture promotion events as informal language learning settings
Is part of: ICERI 2013 [elektroninis išteklius] : 6th international conference of education, research and innovation November 18th-20th, 2013, Seville, Spain : proceedings. Spain : IATED, 2013
Extent: p. 1600-1609
Date: 2013
Note: [CD] 2 kompaktinės plokštelės su santraukom ir pranešimais
Keywords: Informal language learning;Extracurricular events;Implicit learning;Language and culture related events
ISBN: 9788461638475
Abstract: The aim of the research is to investigate how extracurricular language and culture promotion events organised at a higher education institution and involving numbers of students in organisation, participation and dissemination of such events can serve as settings for informal foreign language learning. The conceptual framework of the study is grounded in informal learning theories (Knowles, 1970; Cross, 2007) which relate informal learning to implicit learning, experiential learning, and acquisition of tacit knowledge. In this study informal language learning is used in terms of creating and acquiring foreign language knowledge, skills and attitudes wile interacting, cooperating and collaborating with social event participants in various language and culture related events where learning a language is not the main purpose. Methodology of the study comprises the analysis of student feedback collected after the events they participated in during the period of 2012-2013. Two instruments of feedback collection were used in the study: students’ feedback on the language promotion event, students’ reactions and comments provided in the on-line feedback forms after the event (n=352) as well as semi-structured interviews with a focus group, i.e. leaders and most active members of different language clubs, cultural event organisers and participants (n= 18). The study presents the research findings with regard to students’ evaluation of the organisation of event, its impact upon the person’s worldview, communicative competence development, aroused motivation to learn the language of the event, positive attitude towards different cultures and socialising. Though informal learning instances are hard to capture, some implications can be drawn with regard to the importance of providing language learners with informal opportunities for naturalistic practising of the target language
Affiliation(s): Užsienio kalbų institutas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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