The Impact of Learner Characteristics on TLL

By Parilah M. Shah, Aminuddin Yusof, Norzila A. Razak, Faradibah Sudari, Fadzilla M. Johari and Jai S. Bpinchandra.

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This study examined the perceptions of the low achieving students about target language learning (TLL) in a Malaysian university. The target language is the English language which is the second most important language. This research analysed the views that these learners held of their TLL experiences as related to their own individual characteristics. In-depth interviews were conducted and the data were analysed using Strauss and Corbin’s (1990) coding paradigm: open coding and axial coding. The findings were presented in terms of personality traits, language aptitude, high anxiety and insufficient and inappropriate strategies. Based on the results, several suggestions are put forward so that a more systematic approach could be employed to enhance the target language attainment of the low achievers.

Keywords: Learner Characteristics, Target Language Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.782KB).

Dr. Parilah M. Shah

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Parilah M. Shah is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research interests are second language acquisition, reading, teaching of English to speakers of other languages, and bilingual-bicultural education. She has presented several papers at both the national and international levels and has several publications in areas related to second language acquisition and learning.

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof

Director, Sports Academy, Putra University of Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, Putra University of Malaysia. In 2003, he was seconded for service at the university’s Sports Academy. He received his tertiary education in the United States; his B.A. from Wilmington College, his M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His areas of expertise are Sport Management, Sport Tourism, and Sport and Tourism Communication. He has several research publications that have been presented both locally and internationally.

Norzila A. Razak

Lecturer, English Language Department, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Polytechnic, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Norzila Abdul Razak has nine years of teaching experience. Initially, she taught in a school for three years before joining the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Polytechnic in Shah Alam, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Polytechnic , where she has been teaching since 1999. She received her Diploma of Education (Dip. Ed.) in English Language Studies in 1990 and her B. Ed. degree (1988) in Mathematics from the University of Akron. Although her basic degree is Mathematics, she has taught the English Language throughout her teaching career. She has just received her M. Ed. in TESL from the National University of Malaysia.

Faradibah Sudari

Lecturer, INTEC, MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Faradibah Sudari is a lecturer at INTEC, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia. She obtained her B.Acc. and M.Ed. from the National University of Malaysia. Her research interests are English language Studies, teaching of English as a second language, and English language education.

Fadzilla M. Johari

Teacher, Tuanku Jaafar Secondary School, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Fadzilla Mustaffa Johari is an English language teacher at Tuanku Jaafar Secondary School in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. She obtained her B.B.A and M. Ed. from the National University of Malaysia. Her research interests are teaching of English as a second language and language learning.

Jai S. Bpinchandra

Teacher, Durian Tunggal Secondary School, Melaka, Melaka, Malaysia

Jai Shree Bpinchandra is an English language teacher at Durian Tunggal Secondary School, Melaka, Malaysia. She was attached to a private college in Melaka, as lecturer in Business and Marketing for three years. Her research interests include researching about English for specific purposes and English literature.

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