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The Language Attitude of English Language Education Department Students toward British English (RP) and American English (GA)

Halimah, Nur (2017) The Language Attitude of English Language Education Department Students toward British English (RP) and American English (GA). Other thesis, University of Muhammadiyah Malang.


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Learning language is related to the attitude toward the language. Language attitudes refer to personal values and beliefs and promote the choices of language. Students’ perception on English varieties is perceptive in terms of students’ awareness of accent varieties. Teachers or lecturers’ awareness about students’ motivation of accent is important to create teaching effectiveness. In this study, students in the seventh-semester were chosen because of the assumption that they had good level of English proficiency. Further, the study was concerned to investigate students’ attitudes toward English based on 13 semantic dimensions of status and competence and social attractiveness categories at English Language Education Department (Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang). The purposes of this study are to investigate students’ perception about English varieties of Received Pronunciation and General America and to probe students’ accent motivation at English Language Education Department, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. The mix-method design was employed to reveal students’ attitudes toward Received Pronunciation and General America. The data were collected from the seventh-semester students of English Language Education Department. The instruments of this study were audios, questionnaires, and interview guidelines. The findings of this study showed that RP favored than GA for overall dimensions. In the first category, status and competence, RP dominated five of eight dimensions of intelligence, ambition, leadership skills, self-confidence, and social status. Meanwhile, GA took two places for dimension of formality and politeness. Moreover, this current study found that RP and GA were equal in educated dimension. In the second category of social attractiveness, this current study found that RP dominated four of five dimensions of reliability, likeability, popularity, and attractiveness. Meanwhile, GA dominated only in one of five dimensions, namely sense of humor dimension. The result suggested that the participants argued that their choices of accents were complex and dynamic. The unique findings were RP rated as ‘prestigious’ and GA rated as ‘likeable’ and ‘easy to understand’. Somehow, the attitude of the participants toward English varieties is RP is regarded as formal to learn, meanwhile, GA is regarded as easier to understand to use to communicate.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > Department of English Language Education (88203)
Depositing User: Ida Fitriani Noor
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 04:14
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 04:14

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