A Survey on the Relationship between English Language Proficiency and the Academic Achievement of Iranian EFL Students

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Title

A Survey on the Relationship between English Language Proficiency and the Academic Achievement of Iranian EFL Students

Authors

Ataollah Maleki

University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran

Ebrahim Zangani

Zanjan Islamic Azad University, Iran

 

Bio Data:

Dr. Attaollah Maleki is an associate professor of TEFL at University of Medical Sciences at Zanjan. He received his Ph.D from Tehran University in 1996, and holds a B.A degree in English, an M.A in TEFL, and Diploma in Applied Linguistics, Phonetics, and the Teaching of English. He has taught English at different levels for 20 years, and has published a number of books and articles on language in general and the English language-related topics in particular.

Ebrahim Zangani is a lecturer of TEFL at Zanjan Islamic Azad University and English Language teacher in the Ministry of Education. He received his M.A in TEFL from Tehran Science and Research Campus in 2003, and holds a B.A degree in English Translation. He has taught general English at different levels and ESP courses for 12 years. He has written general English books for university students and papers in English language teaching.

Abstract

One of the most serious problems that Iranian EFL students face in their field of study is their inability to communicate and handle English after graduating from university. This is due to their weaknesses in general English, which influence their academic success. The intent of the present study was to examine the strength of the relationship between English language proficiency and the academic achievement of Iranian EFL students. Accordingly, the relation between English language proficiency and academic achievement was examined in this study, and a significant connection was found between proficiency and grade point averages of academic achievement. Similarly, the results revealed significant correlation between English language proficiency and achievement in English speaking and writing subjects.

Key Words: Language proficiency, General English, EFL Writing and speaking

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