Bridging the Gap of Asian EFL Teachers’ and Students’ Beliefs about Foreign Language Learning: A Case Study in Taiwan

By Mou-Tzu Yang, Lee Fen-ming, Yen-ju Hou, Yi-an Hou and Hsueh-yu Cheng.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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The study aims to explore how Asian EFL teachers and students think about foreign language learning. Participants are 23 English teachers and 197 students in a national university in south Taiwan. The Belief about Language Learning Inventory (BALLI) (Horwitz, 1988) was adopted as the research instrument and all available data were processed by SPSS Findings show that some mismatches do exist and it’s suggested that teachers be aware of it and try to bridge the gap in foreign language teaching and learning.

Keywords: Belief, Anxiety, Foreign Language Learning

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.97-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 445.387KB).

Mou-Tzu Yang

Associate professor & Vice President, Department of Health Care Management, University of Kang Ning, Tainan, Taiwan

Associate professor and vice president of University of Kang Ning

Lee Fen-ming

Far East University of Technology, Taiwan

Associate professor at Far East University of Technology, Taiwan.

Yen-ju Hou

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Shu Zen College of Medicine and Management, Tainan, Taiwan

Currently an assistant professor at Shu Zen College of Medicine and Management, Taiwan.

Yi-an Hou

Assistant professor, General Education Center,Kaomei College of Health Care and Management, Kaomei College of Health Care and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Assistant professor at Kaomei College of Health Care and Management, Taiwan.

Hsueh-yu Cheng

Professor, Department of Applied English, Aletheia University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Professor at Aletheia University, Taiwan