The Relationship between Learners’ Achievement in Arabic and Personality: A Case Study of Arabic as a Foreign Language at Imam University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

By Abdalla Musa Al Tayer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The absence of a reliable Arabic proficiency test at Imam University’s Institute for Teaching Arabic in Riyadh (ITAR) misrepresents the actual level and performance of students. Knowledge about Arabic and Islamic culture obviously affects student performance in exams and other types of evaluation measures. However, other factors have not yet been accounted for as well. The main objective of this paper is to examine any possible relationship between grades and personality traits. The ultimate goal of the study is to assist instructors in their understanding of certain factors which affect students' performance in examinations beyond their ability in the language and subject matters.
In order to assess learners' personality traits, I used the Myers Briggs’ Type Indicator (MBTI). Accordingly, (76) students from different educational backgrounds were selected to participate in the study. I was able to highlight some individual differences among students with regard to the impact of personality traits on their academic performance. Considerable consistent trends between grades and personality traits were recorded in both total subject exams and composition exams.

Keywords: Language Learning, Language Testing, Personality Traits

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp.69-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 570.271KB).

Dr. Abdalla Musa Al Tayer

Assistant professor of Applied Lingusitics, Institute Of Arabic Teaching, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riaydh, Saudi Arabia

I received my Ph.D from the University of Leeds, UK. I taught Arabic as a foreign language in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, US and UK. My research interest include, but not limited to “Needs and Discourse Analysis” in the area of media continent analysis. I also have tremendous interest in politics as I’ve been writing a weekly column in Medina Daily over the past seven years. I chaired the Arabic Language Teaching Department at Imam University in Riyadh and at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Science in Fairfax, Virginia USA.

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