Comparative Analysis of Learners’ Beliefs about ELL

By Parilah M. Shah, Aminuddin Yusof, Anis Suriaty Sulaiman, Norazita A. Kudus, Halimaton M. Yusof and Nor Azlin A. Latiff.

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This study examined the English Language Learning (ELL) beliefs of the English as a Second Language (ESL) learners at the National University of Malaysia. It investigated the learners’ views as related to the nature of language learning, difficulty of language learning and language learning aptitude. This investigation compared the responses obtained from the male and female subjects. A survey instrument known as Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory (BALLI) developed by Horwitz (1987) was adapted and utilized to gather the data. The data were collected from the students who took a proficiency course at the university. The data were processed using an SPSS program in which t-test was performed to examine the learners’ responses. The findings revealed that there were statistically significant differences between male and female participants with respect to most of the question items related to the learners’ beliefs about ELL. Educationists would be provided with better understanding about students’ beliefs which guide their behaviour because these could affect students’ ELL achievements.

Keywords: English Language Learning Beliefs

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.487-500. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.248MB).

Dr. Parilah M. Shah

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

Dr. Parilah M. Shah is a senior 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, teaching of English to speakers of other languages, teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP), reading in English as a second language (ESL), 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, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. In 2004, he was appointed as the director of the university’s Sports Academy. Dr. Aminuddin Yusof 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. Dr. Aminuddin has been actively involved in research and professional services in the areas of Sports Management, Sports Industry and Sports Tourism. In addition to his publications in national and international sports science and physical education journals and others, he has made invited and keynote presentations at various professional meetings such as the Malaysian Association for Physical Education, Sports Science and Fitness (PPJSKM) and International Council for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ICHPER) conferences. He is actively involved in professional activities with Persatuan Pendidikan Jasmani, Sains Sukan, Kesihatan dan Kecergasan Malaysia (PPJSKM) as Journal Editor (2003-2004), Program Chair of Research Bureau (2002-2003) and Program Chair for Academic and Professional Education Bureau (1999-2001). His professional services include, but are not limited to, as a program evaluator for the National Accreditation Board (LAN), a member for National Committee on Sports Science Guidelines, and as External Examiner, Sports Science Graduate & Undergraduate Programs for several Malaysian universities.

Anis Suriaty Sulaiman

Master's Degree Candidate, Teaching English as a Second Language, National University of Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

Anis Suriaty Sulaiman obtained her Bachelor of Education (TESL) at Putra University Malaysia in 1993. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she is currently pursuing her Master's degree in TESL at the National University of Malaysia.

Norazita A. Kudus

Master's Degree Candidate, Teaching English as a Second Language, National University of Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

Norazita A. Kudus graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom. Her research interests are English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and second/foreign language anxiety. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in TESL at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).

Halimaton M. Yusof

Language Instructor, MARA University of Technology, Terengganu, Malaysia

Halimaton M. Yusof has been involved in the teaching of the English language for almost twelve years. She began to teach at MARA University of Technology Malaysia (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia in July 1997. Then, from November 1997 until today, she is attached to UiTM Terengganu and she teaches English for diploma students in various faculties. Currently, she is doing her M.Ed. (TESL) at the National University of Malaysia.

Nor Azlin A. Latiff

Master's Degree Candidate, Teaching English as a Second Language, National University of Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

Nor Azlin A. Latiff received her B Sc. Ed (Hons) degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Physics from the Science University of Malaysia in 1986. She has been a Science teacher for the last 22 years, with 13 years experience of teaching Physics at secondary schools. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Teaching English As Second Language at the National University of Malaysia.

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