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Title: Attitudes and strategies as predictors of self-directed language learning in an EFL context
Authors: Gan, Z
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: International journal of applied linguistics, 2004, v. 14, no. 3, p. 389-411 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of applied linguistics 
Abstract: The article reports on a study that examined self-directed language learning (SDLL) attitudes and strategies that may be characteristic of Chinese EFL students. A description of the development of the instrument used to measure these attitudes and strategies in an EFL context is provided, the results of which showed that SDLL strategies seem to be directly implicated in language proficiency. Attitudes to SDLL do not seem to have a strong direct effect on proficiency, but major attitude components are closely associated with all SDLL strategy components, possibly exerting their effect mainly through the mediation of strategies. The data suggest that students’ SDLL attitudes and strategies were apparently determined by the constraints of the specific contexts of teaching and learning. In addition, the data seem to cast doubt on the stereotypic notions of passive and dependent Asian learners. Implications of the results for instructional interventions and institutional support are discussed.
ISSN: 0802-6106 (print)
1473-4192 (online)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2004.00071.x
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