Date of Award

5-2015

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.

Department

English

College

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Michael Schwartz

Second Advisor

James H. Robinson

Third Advisor

James R. Heiman

Creative Commons License

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to make an attempt to reduce the apparent lack of studies on the influence of home factors on ESL (English as a second language) learners. With this purpose in mind, this study investigates the nature and influence of home factors on ESL learners in Bangladesh. The study utilized a questionnaire that was developed and distributed to a sample of 100 Bangladeshi high school students between 14-16 years of age. These participants were located in the capital and a neighboring suburban city in Bangladesh. A follow-up interview with a set of specific questions was conducted on 12 (6 males and 6 females) random participants of the same survey sample to further the understanding of the survey data. Results of both the survey and interview data of the study indicated that adolescent L2 learners are generally influenced by home factors. Survey results conferred to interview findings indicated the same conclusion: positive home factors such as parents’ involvement, encouragement, and their positive attitude toward English language, in general, influence adolescent L2 learners positively.

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