Vildana Dubravac

Vildana Dubravac
International BURCH University · Department of English Language and Literature

PhD

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This book presents a critique of current English as a Business Lingua Franca (BELF) practices using research conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The authors identify English communication behaviours that hinder or promote success in the workplace, and trace these back to curricula and teaching practices.
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The importance of applying cooperative learning and aiming toward an increase in motivation to maximize the effectiveness of the learning process has not sparked an intense research interest in the Bosnian EFL context. Thus, the current study, conducted among 211 high-school participants, explores the impact of gender and grade level on students’ c...
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The book English in B&H: posh or casual? by Amna Brdarević-Čeljo and Vildana Dubravac makes a significant contribution to the sociolinguistic perspective on the status of English in the world and particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Introducing readers to a wide array of sociolinguistic topics, the authors focus on the variability of English amo...
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The linguistic knowledge of foreign language learners appears to be partly implicit and partly explicit. Learners rely on implicit knowledge when involved in spontaneous everyday com- munication, while explicit knowledge enables them to reflect on language structures and reco- gnise or use metalanguage. The present study investigated the explicit a...
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Regular curriculum modifications and the shift from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered paradigm in educational institutions are meant to enhance the teaching-learning process and fulfill learners' needs as successfully as possible. This study aimed to examine learners' attitudes towards learning English, their needs/wants, learning preference...
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As a core language skill, reading has always occupied a prominent role in the process of language acquisition, with a strategic approach to its development contributing to greater reading competences and better learning outcomes. The present paper, thus, aims to explore variation in strategy use by study field, year of study and university type amo...
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Being able to read well is crucially important for language learners. Successful performance at elementary and high school level, as well as on higher levels of academic education, is partly dependent on the ability to read. It is believed that good learners are those who are proficient in reading. However, building such a connection between a read...
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The main objective of this corpus-based study is to shed more light on the influence of the English language on BCS with the focus on the business register. The specialized and written corpus was designed in order to examine at what levels of BCS the impact of English is most notable. The corpus was based on the texts from the news portal Klix. The...
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The current study examined anxiety, neuroticism and extraversion amongst Bosnian high school and university students who were studying English as a foreign language (EFL). By employing the Public Speaking Class Anxiety Scale and the Big Five Inventory (BFI) test, the authors showed that this group of students was characterised by a relatively high...
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This study aimed at investigating vocabulary learning strategies employed by Bosnian EFL elementary school learners attending the 6 th , 7 th , 8 th and 9 th grade and the effect of gender and grade level on the students' choice of vocabulary learning strategies. Furthermore, it attempted to explore the relationship between vocabulary learning stra...
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The aim of this study was to examine foreign language classroom anxiety and motivation to speak in English as a foreign language with respect to gender and grade level as well as their effects on students' EFL performance. The research sample comprised 160 (middle and high school) students. Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) and the S...
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This study aimed at investigating vocabulary learning strategies employed by Bosnian EFL elementary school learners attending the 6 th , 7 th , 8 th and 9 th grade and the effect of gender and grade level on the students' choice of vocabulary learning strategies. Furthermore, it attempted to explore the relationship between vocabulary learning stra...
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The present study investigated the impact of English as the global language on Bosnian with a particular focus on the use of English words among adult Bosnian speakers. Thus, the survey was administered to 200 participants to get an insight into their preferences for native Bosnian words, foreign English words and adapted English words. The analysi...
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Understanding learners’ epistemological beliefs as one of the core segments underlying one’s learning experience is of cardinal importance both from the point of conveying as well as acquiring new knowledge. In English language teaching studying language learning beliefs has aroused a widespread research interest, with its genesis found in the semi...
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Not being subject to various restrictions common to more formal contexts and thus establishing complete control, users are ready for a considerable investment in the target language use, in this case the English language use, on social sites. Their investment here is motivated by the desire to assume the identity of a global citizen, the identity o...
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Language learning beliefs create a considerable impact on the students' behavior, and thus greately affect the final learning outcome. Therefore, there exists a compeling need to explore learners' beliefs, and in particular to specify the stances of those more successful learners, to provide accordingly a better learning envoronment for all student...
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With the number of world Englishes steadily increasing, the impact of ‘core’ English varieties is weakening. However, the influence of two varieties, namely standardised American English and standardised British English, seems to be dispersed across all areas, in particular across peripheral varieties. Due to the difference in their demographic wei...
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Despite its importance being acknowledged in a plethora of studies, developing reading strategies appears absent from many classrooms, which justifies a considerable research interest in this topic. The present study aims to investigate how gender, nationality, and grade point average affect the frequency of the usage of different types of reading...
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Usvajanje se stranog jezika danas čini imperativom kako u svijetu tako i u Bosni i Hercegovini. Skoro je nemoguće baviti se bilo kojim poslom bez komunikacije s ostatkom svijeta, i to najčešće današnjim globalnim sredstvom komunikacije, tj. engleskim jezikom kao lingua franca. Stoga je potpuno opravdan sve veći interes za oblast nastave, učenja i e...
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This paper aims to stress the importance of building rapport with young EFL (English as a foreign language) learners and to investigate the connection between student-teacher rapport and students’ achievement in an EFL classroom. It also treats some methods and approaches that should be used when teaching young language learners with respect to the...
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Today we witness that English has already virtually taken one of the crucial roles on the global stage. Therefore, this paper´s goal is to explore the change that the English Language use has undergone in today´s globalized world that has led to the birth of a new construct in the field of English Language conceptualization, namely English as a Lin...
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The presence of the English language in various domains of everyday life cannot be neglected, since it is easily encountered in politics, social networks, media and newspapers worldwide, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, where especially the conditions of the post-war period contributed to the need of learning it. Even though English is widely pres...
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In the modern society people are exposed to English almost all the time and everywhere. English is heard on TV, read in books, people from different countries communicate with each other in this language. Therefore, it is not surprising that the need for studying the effects of the exposure to English on the developing of English language proficien...
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This paper deals with teaching management of different learning styles students use in the EFL classroom. It explores various types of learning styles and it provides directions that can help EFL teachers in better understanding of various learning preferences and in responding to different types of learners. Different types of learners are also tr...
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English is taught as a foreign language in elementary and high schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). However, since the number of English classes per week is very limited they should be utilized in the best possible way to produce proficient users of English. Nowadays, when language proficiency is viewed as one’s ability to speak and write in th...
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This paper deals with teaching management of different learning styles students use in the EFL classroom. It explores various types of learning styles and it provides directions that can help EFL teachers in better understanding of various learning preferences and in responding to different types of learners. Different types of learners are also tr...
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The role and importance of grammar teaching in foreign language classrooms has been much discussed in second language acquisition (SLA) theories and research. While SLA researchers have been debating in which form grammar teaching − nowadays often referred to as form-focused instruction (FFI) − can contribute most to language acquisition, explicit...
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The role and importance of grammar teaching in foreign language classrooms has been much discussed in second language acquisition (SLA) theories and research. While SLA researchers have been debating in which form grammar teaching − nowadays often referred to as form-focused instruction (FFI) − can contribute most to language acquisition, explicit...
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The male-female relationship constitutes an eternal enigma analysed in different ways throughout the history. The status of women through the ages has been significantly different from the status of men; the domestic domain of their home has been regarded as a female space, while the public life has been reserved for males. Women have been invisibl...
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The male-female relationship constitutes an eternal enigma analysed in different ways throughout the history. The status of women through the ages has been significantly different from the status of men; the domestic domain of their home has been regarded as a female space, while the public life has been reserved for males. Women have been invisibl...
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OPERASAbstractWe understand the world around us by categorizing it. We can categorize things either using the notion of similarity or the notion of framing. Since reality does not come in a structured form but we make it structured we can encounter different ways of categorizing the reality. While in some cultures the similarity notion is the major...
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This article reports on a study which analysed the role of the complexity of linguistic structures in foreign language learners' linguistic knowledge in terms of both explicit and implicit knowledge. Since it has been proposed that different structure characteristics might be a factor influencing explicit and implicit knowledge development, the com...

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