A case study on EFL students' beliefs regarding learning English

Dağ Akbaş R., Birinci B.

International Symposium on New Trends in Language Studies, Ankara, Turkey, 28 - 29 April 2023, pp.1

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Individual differences have a significant role in learners’ approaches to language learning and their success in this process. This research is based on a case study focusing on Imam Hatip secondary school students’ beliefs regarding learning English as a foreign language. Language learners in Imam Hatip secondary schools were of the researchers' interest as they have Arabic lessons along with English. That is, they are dually exposed to two totally dissimilar foreign languages, with diverse cultural and historical background, spoken widely in different regions of the world. Several studies in Turkey have been published about learner beliefs but research to date has not dealt with learners with such diverse language learning experiences. Considering this gap in the literature, the current descriptive case study was conducted with a total of 113 volunteer students. Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory (BALLI) by Horwitz (1988) were used as a data collection tool. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS 21. The research results will be shared in the conference session. It is believed that the current descriptive study may contribute to this growing area of research into learner beliefs.