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ERIC Number: EJ846200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-4
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Pre-Service EFL Teachers' Beliefs about Foreign Language Learning and How They Relate to Gender
Tercanlioglu, Leyla
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v3 n1 p145-162 Apr 2005
Introduction: Foreign language learners also often hold different beliefs or notions about language learning (Horwitz 1987), and existing research suggests that learner beliefs have the potential to influence both their experiences and actions as language learners. Method: This paper reports on a study which investigated the language learning beliefs of a group of pre-service EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers with regard to gender. Participants were 118 pre-service EFL teachers (45 male and 73 female), who completed Horwitz's Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory (BALLI). Results: In the BALLI inventory, participants scored highest for the "motivations and expectations to learn a language" factor. The results show a strong relationship between variables. Results of the ANOVA procedure to determine gender-related differences indicated no significant differences among males and females. Discussion: The findings of this study provide insight into their beliefs about what is most important in learning English as a foreign language. They said it was "motivations and expectations to learn". Secondly, it provided insight into the interrelations between belief factors: they were all interrelated. Thirdly, it provided insight into the relationships between belief factors and gender: no significant difference was found. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey