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The Language Learning Beliefs of Arab ESL Students

ELTL Indonesia Conference Proceedings 2012.

11 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017  

Khairi Obaid Al-Zubaidi

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Nurhasmiza Abu Hasan Sazalli

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - Kuala Lumpur Campus

Date Written: January 20, 2017

Abstract

Learning a second / foreign language is more than memorizing the grammatical rules and vocabularies. Language learning is a very complex activity, and culture plays a crucial role in this very dynamic, amorphous and debatable process. Learners of foreign /second languages also use different learning strategies which are influenced very much by their cultural and educational backgrounds. Belief is one of the most significant and important components of culture that encompasses language, religion, race and the personal history of any individual. During the last two decades many researchers have focused on learners’ beliefs. This study investigates the beliefs of Arab undergraduate students who are studying at three Malaysian Universities, are assessed on an adapted version of the Belief about Language Learning Inventory (BALLI), which was developed by Horwitz (1985). The paper assesses the students’ beliefs in relation to the following areas of language learning: difficulty of language learning; foreign language aptitude; the nature of language learning; learning and communication strategies; and motivations and expectations.

Keywords: ESL/EFL, Second Language Learning, Beliefs about Language Learning, Arab Students

Suggested Citation

Al-Zubaidi, Khairi Obaid and Abu Hasan Sazalli, Nurhasmiza, The Language Learning Beliefs of Arab ESL Students (January 20, 2017). ELTL Indonesia Conference Proceedings 2012.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902772

Khairi Obaid Al-Zubaidi (Contact Author)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) ( email )

81310 Sekolah Agama
Johor Bahru, Johor
Malaysia

Nurhasmiza Abu Hasan Sazalli

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - Kuala Lumpur Campus ( email )

Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra
Kuala Lumpur, 54100
Malaysia

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