Assessing EAP learners' beliefs about language learning in the Australian context

Eva Bernat

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study of beliefs held by 262 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language learners at an Australian University. The Horwitz' (1987) BALLI was used to collect data, which was later compared with an American study of 156 EAP learners (Siebert, 2003). Data analysis using frequency statistics shows that beliefs about language learning reported by both study groups were similar in all categories. It was concluded that despite a small number of inter-group differences, it seems premature to conclude that beliefs about language learning vary by contextual setting. Rather, they are due to the effects of individuals' complex metacognitive structure (as affected by a number of social, cultural, contextual, cognitive, affective, and personal factors) that is responsible for the nature and strength of these beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-227
Number of pages26
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • learner beliefs
  • language learning
  • context
  • EAP

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