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Advanced EFL learners' beliefs about language learning and teaching: a comparison between grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary

Ellen Simon UGent and Miriam Taverniers UGent (2011) ENGLISH STUDIES. 92(8). p.896-922
abstract
This paper reports on the results of a study exploring learners’ beliefs on the learning and teaching of English grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary at tertiary level. While the importance of learners’ beliefs on the acquisition process is generally recognized, few studies have focussed on and compared learners’ views on different components of the language system. A questionnaire containing semantic scale and Likert scale items probing learners’ views on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary was designed and completed by 117 native speakers of Dutch in Flanders, who were studying English at university. The analysis of the responses revealed that (i) vocabulary was considered to be different from grammar and pronunciation, both in the extent to which an incorrect use could lead to communication breakdown and with respect to the learners’ language learning strategies, (ii) learners believed in the feasibility of achieving a native-like proficiency in all three components, and (iii) in-class grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary exercises were considered to be useful, even at tertiary level. The results are discussed in light of pedagogical approaches to language teaching.
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KNOWLEDGE, FORM, ATTITUDES, STUDENTS
journal title
ENGLISH STUDIES
Engl. stud.
volume
92
issue
8
pages
896 - 922
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Article
Web of Science id
000299791800004
ISSN
0013-838X
DOI
10.1080/0013838X.2011.604578
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English
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1179918
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1179918
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2011-03-01 23:13:57
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  abstract     = {This paper reports on the results of a study exploring learners{\textquoteright} beliefs on the learning and teaching of English grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary at tertiary level. While the importance of learners{\textquoteright} beliefs on the acquisition process is generally recognized, few studies have focussed on and compared learners{\textquoteright} views on different components of the language system. A questionnaire containing semantic scale and Likert scale items probing learners{\textquoteright} views on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary was designed and completed by 117 native speakers of Dutch in Flanders, who were studying English at university. The analysis of the responses revealed that (i) vocabulary was considered to be different from grammar and pronunciation, both in the extent to which an incorrect use could lead to communication breakdown and with respect to the learners{\textquoteright} language learning strategies, (ii) learners believed in the feasibility of achieving a native-like proficiency in all three components, and (iii) in-class grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary exercises were considered to be useful, even at tertiary level. The results are discussed in light of pedagogical approaches to language teaching.},
  author       = {Simon, Ellen and Taverniers, Miriam},
  issn         = {0013-838X},
  journal      = {ENGLISH STUDIES},
  keyword      = {KNOWLEDGE,FORM,ATTITUDES,STUDENTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {896--922},
  title        = {Advanced EFL learners' beliefs about language learning and teaching: a comparison between grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2011.604578},
  volume       = {92},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Simon, Ellen, and Miriam Taverniers. 2011. “Advanced EFL Learners’ Beliefs About Language Learning and Teaching: a Comparison Between Grammar, Pronunciation, and Vocabulary.” English Studies 92 (8): 896–922.
APA
Simon, E., & Taverniers, M. (2011). Advanced EFL learners’ beliefs about language learning and teaching: a comparison between grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. ENGLISH STUDIES, 92(8), 896–922.
Vancouver
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Simon E, Taverniers M. Advanced EFL learners’ beliefs about language learning and teaching: a comparison between grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. ENGLISH STUDIES. 2011;92(8):896–922.
MLA
Simon, Ellen, and Miriam Taverniers. “Advanced EFL Learners’ Beliefs About Language Learning and Teaching: a Comparison Between Grammar, Pronunciation, and Vocabulary.” ENGLISH STUDIES 92.8 (2011): 896–922. Print.