Beliefs about Language Learning and Strategy Use: The Case of Iranian Non-English Majors

Zargham Ghabanchi, Elham Naji Meidani

Abstract


Beliefs about language learning and strategy use are important factors in the complex process of learning a foreign language. Although these variables have received much attention in past research, they have rarely been investigated in a general English context in an EFL setting. The present study aims to compare the frequency and pattern of strategy use and beliefs about language learning of students of Engineering, Agricultural Sciences and Theology majors. For this purpose, the BALLI (Beliefs about Language Learning Inventory) and SILL (Strategy Inventory for Language Learning) were given to 150 students. Two other variables, i.e., self-rated proficiency and length of time attending English classes were also included. The findings demonstrated that Engineering students use significantly higher number of strategies, are more motivated and find learning English easier (P < 0.05).

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5430/wjel.v2n1p21

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)   ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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