Attitudes and perceptions of Gendarmerie Non-Commissioned Officers Vocational College students towards English instruction


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AKSOY A. N., Aksu M.

Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, vol.15, no.3, pp.831-848, 2019 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.17263/jlls.631523
  • Journal Name: Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.831-848
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No

Abstract

This study aimed at investigating attitudes and perceptions of second year students studying at Gendarmerie NonCommissionedOfficers Vocational College towards English instruction. Attitudes of students were examined byfocusing on the levels of attitudes as low, moderate, and high. The three dimensions of an attitude; importance,enjoyment, and anxiety which were extracted through factor analysis were also explored. The students’ perceptionswere studied in relation with the dimensions of General English courses namely; objectives, content, learningactivities, materials and evaluation procedures. The study also explored whether the learners’ perceptions differedaccording to their level of attitudes. The sample of this study was consisted of 308 second year students studyingat Gendarmerie Non-Commissioned Officers Vocational College. The data were collected through an attitude scaleand a perception questionnaire and were analyzed descriptively and through chi-square test by using IBM SPSS22.0. The results of the study revealed that majority of the participants held moderately low attitudes towardsEnglish language learning and teaching process. The students also displayed moderately low attitudes regardingeach of the three dimensions of attitude. The perceptions of the students revealed that General English coursesneed improvement. Furthermore, it was found out that some of the students’ perceptions varied according to theirlevel of attitudes. In conclusion, based on the students’ preferences and perceptions, in alliance with their attitudes,suggestions and recommendations were made to improve the General English courses in Gendarmerie NonCommissionedOfficers Vocational College.