This study investigates beliefs about language learning held by 200 Iranian learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman. The primary aims of the study are to explore what beliefs Iranian students hold about learning English as a foreign language and whether there are significant differences in belief systems among learners according to their gender and grade level. The Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory (BALLI), consisting of 34 items on a likert-type scale, is used to collect data. Results indicate that Iranian EFL learners have a broad range of conceptions both similar to and different from those reported in the current literature. It is further evident that learners’ beliefs about language learning have variability in terms of gender and grade level. The study also suggests that curriculum designers and decision makers as well as language instructors attend to the accumulation of learner beliefs.
|Keywords:||Beliefs about Language Learning, English as a Foreign Language, BALLI, Gender, Grade Level|
Lecturer, Young Researchers’ Society, Department of Foreign Languages, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
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