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Over the last few decades, scholars concerned with language and education have studied the relationship between adolescents’ attitudes and foreign language learning. This topic has been an important area of study in the field of applied linguistics predominantly from a psychological perspective. This research used secondary data from the Young Life and Times (YLT) and employed a descriptive qualitative research with a cross-sectional design. The Chi-Square test was used in order to test the five hypotheses proposed in this study. This present study found that gender and residential locations were significant factors relating to the 16-year old adolescents’ attitudes toward learning a foreign language. Conversely, this study found that there was no statistically significant evidence of differences among the other three variables (the family affluence, school types attended and religions) in relation to the young people’s attitudes to the foreign language. This finding may be useful as a reflection of how the current modern language learning policy is implemented and how teenagers, especially in the context of Northern Ireland, respond to the policy.

Keywords: Adolescents’ Attitudes, Learning, foreign language learning

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Udi Samanhudi, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Banten Queen's University Belfast, UK

Udi Samanhudi is a faculty member at the English Education Department of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa State University Banten, Indonesia and is now a doctoral student in TESOL at Queen’s university of Belfast, the United Kingdom (UK). He completed his bachelor degree in the area of English Education in Yogyakarta State University and master program at the same area in Indonesia University of Education, Bandung. His research interest includes discourse analysis, genre analysis in language education, critical writing pedagogy and teaching English in EFL context. His current articles were published in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Excellence in Higher Education, The Asian EFL Journal and Indonesian Research Journal in Education (IRJE) and International Journal of Language Teaching and Education. His current book chapter is will soon be published in INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES AND KNOWLEGDE by Universiti Malaysia Perlish.

How to Cite
Samanhudi, U. (2019). NORTHERN IRISH ADOLESCENTS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THEM?. JOALL (Journal of Applied Linguistics and Literature), 4(1), 100–119.


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