Second Language Learning Beliefs of University Students

By Parilah M. Shah, Aminuddin Yusof, Khaleel Bader Al-Bataineh, Nor Haslina M. Yusop, Ahmad Iskandar Haron, Mee Nee, Ong and Abdul Malik Ahmad.

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This research addressed the second language (L2) learning beliefs of the students at the National University of Malaysia, who took English proficiency courses offered by one of the university’s faculties. This investigation examined the students’ beliefs in terms of the: (i) nature of second language learning, (ii) difficulty of second language learning, and (iii) second language learning aptitude. Survey questionnaires that were issued to the subjects were adapted from Horwitz’s (1987) Language Learning Beliefs Inventory. An SPSS program was used to process the data in which frequency analysis was performed to examine the students’ responses. The results showed variation in responses with regards to the subjects’ beliefs about L2 learning. The findings provide useful insights to educators about the students’ beliefs which guide their behaviour, of which these beliefs could impact their learning outcomes.

Keywords: Second Language

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.51-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 519.313KB).

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, 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. 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. 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.

Khaleel Bader Al-Bataineh

Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Khaleel Bader Al-Bataineh is pursuing a doctoral degree in Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) at National University of Malaysia. He received his B.A. in English Language from Yarmouk University, Jordan. He obtained his Advanced Diploma in Education and M.A. in English Language from Amman Arab University. He has two years experience as an English Language Instructor at Qordoba College in Jordan.

Nor Haslina M. Yusop

Teacher, Ledang Secondary School, Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Nor Haslina M. Yusop is a teacher at Ledang Secondary School, Johor, Malaysia. She received her teaching certificate in Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) from Teachers’ Training College, Penang, Malaysia, and B.A. (Hons) in English Language Studies and Literature from Science University of Malaysia. She has just obtained an M.Ed. (TESL) from the National University of Malaysia. Currently she teaches English Language, English for Science and Technology (EST) and Malaysian University English Test (MUET). She is also an examiner for Malaysian School Certificate (or SPM) and MUET examination papers. Her research interests are the use of the English as a medium of instruction, and problems faced by teachers and students in the teaching and learning mathematics in English.

Ahmad Iskandar Haron

Teacher, Melaka, Malaysia

Ahmad Iskandar Haron has been teaching English as a second language in Malaysian secondary schools for twenty-four years. He is the master trainer for English Teaching of Mathematics and Science (ETeMS) program in the state of Melaka in Malaysia. He is also the head examiner of the writing component for Malaysian University English Test in this state. In 2003, he received an Innovative Teacher Award. One of his research interests is teaching methodology in applied linguistics.

Mee Nee, Ong

Lecturer, INTEC, MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Ong Mee Nee is currently attached to INTEC, MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Malaysia. She is teaching English Language and Research Methods to the government sponsored Australia and New Zealand bound students in UiTM. Prior to this, she taught at various schools and colleges in Malaysia for twelve years. Her fields of interest include pedagogy, syntax, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and SSABSA ESLS (Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia English as a Second Language Studies).

Abdul Malik Ahmad

Lecturer, Bengkalis Polytechnic, Bengkalis, Indonesia

Abdul Malik Ahmad is a senior English language lecturer at Bengkalis Polytechnic, Indonesia. He has been teaching the English language at various tertiary institutions in this country for more than ten years. He is interested in conducting research on language learning strategies and the teaching of English for Specific Purposes.


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