Entertainments Habits

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Introduction.................................................2

Methodology................................................3

Results.........................................................4-8

Discussion..................................................9-10

Appendix.......................................................11

Introduction

Entertainment activities are a very important part in our life. Today, students have a lot of

work to do,and some even have a part-time job. Consequently, entertainment activities

could help them to find a balance between hard work and life. Especially, overseas students,

when they come to a new country, face a different environment and a new culture, have to

relax their body and mind from fast-paced life.

The purpose of this research was to determine the entertainment habits of overseas

students before and after coming to Australia.

Methodology

On Thursday 27th September 2012, a survey was conducted among a random sample of fifty

overseas students were studying at Macquaire University. The survey instrument was a

questionnaire about entertainment habits. The questionnaire was divided into two sections.

The first section from question 1 to question 6 consisted of information about general

demographic details such as nationality, age, gender and marital status. The second section

from question 7 to 15 consisted of information about specific questions regarding

entertainment habits, such as favorite activities, spending on activities per week, how much

paid for activities per week, and entertainment companion.

Then how was the questionnaire used among all the overseas students? First of all, a

questionnaire had been designed to elicit information about entertainment habits. Each

researcher had four questionnaires. The respondents, who were the second language

learners, were provided help and advice if needed. After that, the questionnaires were

collected together and collated in groups.

After collecting all the questionnaires, the results were written up individually by the

researchers. Finally, all the data were represented as graphs to conduct the survey.

Results

The sample consisted of an equal number of males and females. The majority of

respondents were under 18 to over 30 years of age, including under 18 age group(10%) and

18 to 24 years of age group (56%) .Only 8% of them were over 30 years old. Of 50 overseas

students, Asians occupied the main part of the respondents at about 82%. Others were from

the middle east(14%) and Europe 2% and other 2%. Nearly 60% of overseas students had

a part-time job in Australia. In addition 84% were single.

Figure 1

Figure 1 shows five favorites entertainment activities of overseas students in Australia and

in Own Country in percentages.

The majority of respondents chose ‘watching TV/movies in both Australia and in Own

Country with ‘listening to music’ as the second favorites activity in Australia and to a lesser

degree in Own Country.

In Australia, 52% of the respondents chose ‘watching TV/movies as the most preferred

activity while ‘listening to music’ was the second favorite at 48%. ‘Playing indoor

games’, ’outdoor games’ and ‘Reading’ was the least favored chosen by respondents at 16%,

20% and 16% respectively.

In Own Country had similar choices of activities with ‘watching TV/movies’ chosen by 50% of

students , followed by 36% respondents choosing ‘listening to music’, ‘indoor games’

14%,’outdoor games’ 24% of students and ‘reading’ the least favorite with favorite chosen

by only 16% of the respondents.
Figure 2

Figure 2 shows the time of overseas students...
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