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ERIC Number: EJ1126425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
Unwitting Agents: The Role of Adult Learners' Attributions of Success in Shaping Language-Learning Behaviour
Golovatch, Yelena; Vanderplank, Robert
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v13 n2 p127-155 Nov 2007
This article reports on an investigation into the attributions of success and perceived areas of strength and weakness of adult learners of English as a foreign language in the Department of Continuing Education at Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus. The students attributed their limited progress in learning the foreign language mainly to the teacher's competence, the frequency and length of classes, the number of activities for listening and speaking, and consultations with the teacher. Little awareness was shown of the role played by their own learning skills. Comparisons with teachers' ratings of their performance and teachers' own attributions of student progress revealed significant divergences in attributions. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of the development of learner responsibility, motivation and effective language teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belarus
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