University Siblings’ Empirical Study: Are They a Source of Knowledge for Foreign Language Bachelor Degrees?

By Elaine Hewitt.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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This original, empirical study reflects part of the findings at university that included the effect of siblings learning English as foreign language (EFL). In universities, the factor of the siblings in students’ foreign language learning has not been studied as much as it has with siblings’ university choice or university attendance—especially not in a quantitative way. The current investigation comprised forty university students who were studying for a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. In an exploratory research design and over one academic year, the aforementioned students completed several psychometric tests and a test of English. They also answered a questionnaire on family history and about their siblings. The Two-way Friedman Analysis of Variance, which is a nonparametric statistic, was used for the analysis. The analysis of the results shows if the students’ marks were statistically and significantly better or not when compared with the variables of university siblings learning a foreign language.

Keywords: Learning English, Foreign Language (FL), University, Siblings, Nonparametric Statistic

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 22, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 504.190KB)).

Elaine Hewitt

Tenured Senior Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Granada, Granada, Spain