College of Education
Awareness of the students about the History of English Language:
A Survey towards improvement
Mary Joyce R. Olaguer
MWF 3:00-6:00 pm
Dr. Vivian Buhain
The English language has its origins in about the fifth century A.D., when tribes from the continent, the Jutes, the Saxons, and then the larger tribe of Angles invaded the small island we now call England (from Angle-land). Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons, is preserved in Beowulf (c. A.D. 800). Middle English developed following the Norman invasion of 1066, exemplified in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (c. 1400). Modern English, dating from the sixteenth century, is exemplified in the plays of William Shakespeare (1564–1616). From the time the Pilgrims landed in America (1620), the language began to take its own course in this "New World." Expressions like "fixing to," which had never been used in England, were "cropping up" (an expression going back to Middle English) in the colonial press by 1716.(Gale encyclopedia by U.S)
Nowadays some students have no background about the history of the English language, some students have the knowledge about it but there is a tendency that they forget it. There is a time that the English teachers didn’t include the history of the English language because the students show no interest about it.
The question now, does the students nowadays are ware about the history of the English language and what are the problems that they encountered in studying the history of the English language.
This study wants to describe the awareness of the students about the history of the English language towards improvement and to a meaningful learning.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
This study aimed to identify the awareness of the students about the history of the English language.
Specifically this study aimed to answer the following questions:
1. How may the respondents be described according to:
2. Are the students nowadays aware about the history of the English language?
3. What were the problems met by the students in knowing the history of the English language and how are these remedied?
This chapter covers the research design, the respondents and the instrument and technique used to process the data.
This study used the descriptive method, is a form of fact finding with adequate interpretation. Survey indicates the gathering data regarding the current conditions in observed awareness of the students about the history of the English language.
The main tool used in this study was questionnaire and supplemented by an interview to know the awareness of the students about the history of the English language.
This chapter presents, analyzes and interprets the data obtained as answers to the problems. The obtained are also utilized as bases in the awareness of the students about the history of the English language.
Table1. Most of the respondents were female, out of the ten respondents, 7 of them were female.
Age and Gender of the Respondents
In this table it shows that the respondents were 10 students and 7 of these were female it shows that more female are aware about the history of the English language. And as shows in this table the females were more interested to know their awareness about the history of the English language.
Table2. The common topics about the history of the English language
|Topics |Percent |Rank | |The Angles came from England....