BIG FIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS AND WILLINGNESS TO COMMUNICATE AMONG FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN TURKEY


Creative Commons License

Oz H.

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY, cilt.42, sa.9, ss.1473-1482, 2014 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 42 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.2224/sbp.2014.42.9.1473
  • Dergi Adı: SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1473-1482

Özet

In this study I investigated the relationship between personality traits and willingness to communicate (WTC) in a second language (L2 WTC). Participants were 168 university students majoring in English as a foreign language at a major state university in Ankara, Turkey. Data were collected using the International Personality Item Pool and the Willingness to Communicate Scale. I found that 20% of participants had high L2 WTC, 66% moderate L2 WTC, and 14% low L2 WTC. The Big Five factors of extraversion, agreeableness, and openness to experience were significant in predicting and setting the psychological context for WTC in English. There was also a positive correlation between participants' academic achievement and L2 WTC. I concluded that the interaction of the Big Five personality traits may greatly contribute to the production and promotion of WTC in learning a second or foreign language.

In this study I investigated the relationship between personality traits and willingness to communicate (WTC) in a second language (L2 WTC). Participants were 168 university students majoring in English as a foreign language at a major state university in Ankara, Turkey. Data were collected using the International Personality Item Pool and the Willingness to Communicate Scale. I found that 20% of participants had high L2 WTC, 66% moderate L2 WTC, and 14% low L2 WTC. The Big Five factors of extraversion, agreeableness, and openness to experience were significant in predicting and setting the psychological context for WTC in English. There was also a positive correlation between participants’ academic achievement and L2 WTC. I concluded that the interaction of the Big Five personality traits may greatly contribute to the production and promotion of WTC in learning a second or foreign language.


Keywords: Big Five personality traits, extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness to experience, willingness to communicate in a second language, English as a second language learners, foreign language learners, individual differences.

Big Five personality traits and willingness to communicate among foreign language learners in Turkey.