Attitude In Second Language Research

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Preamble When the word literature is being mentioned; regardless of what genres it might be, the only thing that will pop up in our minds, especially those who are learning literature would feel that literature is hard, complex and sometimes nonsensical. The word hard comes from the notion of literature itself - as a piece of art where it is made up of complicated words; as it is hard to tangle the meaning and hard to make sense of what actually is the intended meaning or the message that needed to be grasped by the readers. The question that is now raised is how should the idea of “literature is hard” can be dismissed and what are the suitable approaches needed to be taken to prove that literature; when being taught with the accurate methods…show more content…
As a teacher, I am taking this opportunity to evaluate and make sense of what the articles are proposing - relating it to the real situations. When it is said that students’ attitude is one of the major factors that determine their success in language learning, I believe that it is true. There have been numerous researches that have been conducted on investigating the role of attitude in second language acquisition, spurred by the knowledge that all these negative attitudes can be changed. Factors like better teaching strategies, classroom and social environment can actually help in reducing negative attitude. Based on the understanding, there are two reasons why we have the attitudes of learning second language – all of these are interrelated. The first reason why we learn second language is because we want to participate in the target language group’s cultural activities and the other crucial reason is in order for us to get a better job or for the sake of passing the examination. This is true as in Malaysian context, yes, we are learning English and regard it as second most important language that need to be mastered because it serves few significant reasons and one of those reasons is being stated. We have to always bear in mind that attitudes are not stoic as it is undeniably changed through learning process depending on whether the materials used are appropriate…show more content…
This I believe will make the students feel bored as they need to be injected with fun ways of learning literature. Besides, some of the teachers even use the first language to do the explanations. This is definitely not going to help the students. Based on my observation at school, there is no doubt that some of the teachers focus only on the literary texts for its pronunciation and vocabularies when teaching. Learning and teaching literature are actually more to that. Literature is not meant to be taught like that as now the educational system demands the need of having higher-order thinking skills in whatever subjects the students are learning. But there are still teachers that teach literature for the sake of examination and not to understand or appreciate it. a piece of literary text is believed to offer more than
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