Online language activities and informal learning of english among Slovenian students
Violeta Jurković

Summary:  Informal foreign language learning takes place when language users use a foreign language in their everyday lives as a means to reach a communicative goal rather than as a goal in itself, which makes informal foreign language learning largely unintentional. The Internet provides unprecedented opportunities for informal foreign language learning, in particular for the learning of English as the dominant language of the online world. However, in Slovenia, no research has yet been conducted on the informal learning of English in the digital environment. Therefore, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologiesy, the goal of the present research study is to explore the use of receptive, productive, and interactive online language uses, as well asand preferred language use among Slovenian undergraduate students. The main results indicate a higher frequency of use of English in receptive activities than in if compared to the frequency of use of productive activities and interactions. Moreover, English cannot be confirmed as the preferred online language among the respondents, given that they enter productive activities and interactions mainly in their mother tongue, and while their choice of the language for receptive activities seems to significantly dependvary significantly depending on spatial and temporal information accessibility.

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Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies is
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