Foreign language learners' beliefs about language learning: a study on Turkish university students

Ariogul S., ÜNAL D. Ç., Onursal I.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.1500-1506 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.265
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1500-1506
  • Keywords: Foreign language learning, language learner beliefs, preconceived notions, teacher training
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The present study addresses the differences and similarities among English, German, and French language groups' beliefs about language learning. The participant students (n=343) completed Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory (BALLI) and a demographic information questionnaire. The results of a cross-tabulation of thirty-four items showed that although French language learners had more positive expectations in language learning, all three groups held certain beliefs that would be detrimental to their long-term language learning. To alleviate the negative outcomes of these beliefs on language learners, the Language teachers could implement and discuss positive instructional practices and realistic expectations in the classroom.