Attitudes of Public and Private Schools’ Students towards Learning EFL

Salem Saleh Khalaf Ibnian, Jordan, ID LLCE2016-318;        This study aimed at investigating attitudes of public and private schools’ ninth grade students towards learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The study attempted to answer the following questions: 

1-What are attitudes of public and private schools’ ninth grade students towards learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL)?

2- Is there any statistical difference between attitudes towards learning EFL according to the type of school (public or private)?

3- What are the main factors affecting students' attitudes towards learning?

3-  ?The sample of the study consisted of 144 students, distributed into four sections, chosen randomly from Amman public and private schools. Each section comprised 36 students. To conduct the study, the researcher used a 25-item questionnaire to reveal attitudes of the students towards learning EFL. In addition, the researcher used a semi-structured interview questions to explore factors affecting students' attitudes towards learning EFL. Findings showed that the overall mean of attitudes of public and private schools' students towards learning in EFL is high. However, the results indicated that private schools' students have more positive attitudes towards learning EFL than students of public schools.

Keywords: attitudes, EFL, public and private schools, Jord