Self-concept in University-level FL Learners

By Patricia Arnaiz and Felix Guillen.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Existing research indicates that no other area of study presents as much of a threat to self-concept as does foreign language learning. However, few foreign language learning studies have focused explicitly on self-concept. This study is timely in view of the current interest by the Spanish government in promoting foreign languages. It examined individual differences in the self-concept of 216 participants in a Spanish university context. Participants, English language learners, completed the Self-concept Scale Form 5-AF5 (García & Musitu, 2001). Self-concept levels both globally and in the academic, social and emotional dimensions were determined, and the relationship between self-concept, on the one hand, and gender, age, mark and language level on the other hand, was identified. The findings highlight the relevance of this type of study for informing language learning research. In addition, important implications for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Foreign Language Learning, Self-concept, Mark, Language Level

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.81-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 800.677KB).

Dr. Patricia Arnaiz

Tenured Professor, Department of Methodology, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Patricia Arnaiz focused her PhD Thesis (2001) on the output of Spanish learners of English as a foreign language. She has done different studies on this particular topic and has written several handbooks for University students. She is also interested in examining the role affective variables such as anxiety and self-concept can have in the foreign language learning process.

Dr. Felix Guillen

Tenured Professor, Department of Psychology and Sociology, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Félix Guillén gained his PhD in Psychology in 1991 and his subject field is Basic Psychology. He has carried out several studies on anxiety and self-concept in different social and educational contexts. He has written several books on Psychology.

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