Attitude In Language Acquisition

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Language learners ' attitude has been considered one of the important variables which influence second and foreign language acquisition. Ellis (1994), for example, identifies it as one of the personal variables which could have a positive or negative influence on the process of language acquisition. Krashen (1982), further argues that negative attitude could contribute to raising the learners ' affective filter, hence slowing down the language acquisition process. Attitude, hence, is a multidimensional factor that has affective, cognitive and conative constructs (Ghazali, 2008). It incorporates humans ' beliefs and feelings about an issue in addition to the way they deal with it (McGroarty, 1996). It has been argued that students who have positive attitudes invest more effort in language learning and implement several learning strategies such as providing information as well as asking and answering questions (Baker, 1993). Fortunately, attitudes are not static in nature, i.e, they could undergo change if sources of negative attitude are analyzed and amended (Ghazali, 2008).…show more content…
Many studies in the literature of language pedagogy have looked at the correlation among attitude and a number of variables related to the learners ' level of proficiency as well as other academic and social variables (Candlin and Mercer, 2001). Other studies investigated the effect that negative or positive attitude has on the language learning task at hand (Ghazali, 2008). Few studies, however, have investigated language learners ' attitude towards English literature and literary materials especially when those materials and texts are used alongside regular communicative texts and tasks in the EFL classroom (Ghazali,
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