The Use of Learner Autonomy in English as a Foreign Language Context among Saudi Undergraduates Enrolled in Preparatory Year Deanship at Najran University

Falah Alzubi, Ali Abbas and Mehar Singh, Manjet Kaur and Pandian, Ambigapathy (2017) The Use of Learner Autonomy in English as a Foreign Language Context among Saudi Undergraduates Enrolled in Preparatory Year Deanship at Najran University. Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 8 (2). pp. 152-160. ISSN 2203-4714

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the current practices of learner autonomy among Saudi undergraduates at Preparatory Year, Najran University. The Short List questionnaire developed by Dixon (2011) was administered to measure the use of autonomous learning in English as a foreign language (EFL) context. Quantitative data were gathered from 208 male students in level one. The results of the data analysis showed that the participants experience a low level of learner autonomy (LA) in English language. While the LA dimensions of linguistic confidence, social comparison, and locus of control are considered a weakness for the participants, they had medium averages in information literacy, metacognition, and self-reliance dimensions. Therefore, the study suggests the need for pedagogical treatments like the strategy use instruction to develop LA in the Saudi EFL context.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P1-1091 Philology. Linguistics(General)
    Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Bahasa Literasi & Terjemahan (School of Languages, Literacies and Translation) > Article
    Depositing User: Mr Noorazilan Noordin
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 12:47
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/37265

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