PARENTAL EFFECT ON YLs’ MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING
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The aim of this study is to find out the effect of parents on YLs’ motivation and attitude towards English language learning. The researcher conducted this study in İnegöl, Bursa. The school the study was conducted in was a private primary school. The participants of this study were seventy-four 4th grade students. These students participated voluntarily. For data collection, seventy-four participants responded to the questionnaire items about motivation and attitude and parental effect on learning English. Further data were collected by using semi-structured interviews. For this data collection, the researcher chose twenty students randomly and also the participants again responded to the questions voluntarily. The data collected from the questionnaire were analysed by using the SPSS programme. Thematic content analysis was used to analyse the data collected from the interviews. The results indicated that YLs have positive attitudes and are positively motivated. In addition to this, statistical results show medium, positive correlation. That means that there is a relationship between motivation and attitude towards English language learning and parental effect (r = .357). The results of the qualitative data are supporting these statistical results. Most of the students found English-knowing parents advantageous for their own English language learning process.