Language Attitudes of Iranian Junior High School Students towards the English Language and Its Use in Iranian Context

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Volume 8-1 February 2012.

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Title

Language Attitudes of Iranian Junior High School Students towards the English Language and Its Use in Iranian Context

Authors

Mahdi Rajaee Nia (M.A.)

Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

Ehsan Abbaspour (M.A.)

Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

 

Biodata

Mahdi Rajayee Nia is an M.A. student in TEFL at Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research interests include language learning attitudes, language belief, and SLA.

Ehsan Abbaspour is an M.A. student in TEFL at Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research interests include language learning attitudes, corrective feedback, CALL, and SLA.

 

Abstract

In the 20th and 21st centuries English has become an indispensable part of educational curriculum in Iranian schools. Despite all the efforts and investments devoted to cultivate and popularize English among Iranian language learners, the resultant outcome could not live up to the authorities’ expectations. A great body of research has proved that learners’ attitude towards foreign language learning and success in learning a foreign language are highly related. This study is to investigate Iranian junior high school students’ overall attitude towards learning English as a foreign language. As well as, the possible difference that exists between boys’ and girls’ attitude towards learning English as a foreign language. The findings indicate that Iranian junior high school students generally have a positive view of using and learning English. It was also observed that there is no significant difference between female and male learners’ attitudes, although that of the girls was slightly more positive.

Keywords: Language attitude, Gender, Iranian EFL learners

Category: 2012