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Article: A diary study of difficulties and constraints in EFL learning

TitleA diary study of difficulties and constraints in EFL learning
Authors
KeywordsEFL learning
Lingustic difficulties
Socio-psychological constraints
Quantitative/qualitative conceptions of learning
Quantitative/qualitative approacheds to learning
Issue Date2005
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/system
Citation
System, 2005, v. 33 n. 4, p. 609-621 How to Cite?
AbstractDrawing on learners’ course diaries, this paper explores Chinese EFL learners’ perceptions of difficulties and constraints in EFL learning and their responses to the perceived difficulties and constraints. The diary data appear to indicate that the students’ learning difficulties lay mainly with their linguistic competence, but a closer scrutiny of the classroom discourse seems to reveal that their linguistic difficulties might be a product of the relationship between their linguistic competence and the demands that examinations placed on it. Students’ responses to linguistic difficulties were characterized by predominantly “quantitative” conceptions of, and approaches to, language learning. This quantitative orientation was not generally problematized but deemed functional by students in the examination-oriented context. Socio-psychological constraints raised by diarists included undesirable teacher–learner role relationships, negative self-evaluation, examination anxiety, deficient study skills, and obstacles to independent learning. Although these non-linguistic constraints were not frequently mentioned, it could be argued that socio-psychological factors substantially affected learning. Based on the findings, suggestions are made to aim at informed teaching in the general Chinese EFL university context.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48690
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.834
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.703

 

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dc.contributor.authorHuang, Jen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-22T04:21:30Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-22T04:21:30Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSystem, 2005, v. 33 n. 4, p. 609-621en_HK
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dc.description.abstractDrawing on learners’ course diaries, this paper explores Chinese EFL learners’ perceptions of difficulties and constraints in EFL learning and their responses to the perceived difficulties and constraints. The diary data appear to indicate that the students’ learning difficulties lay mainly with their linguistic competence, but a closer scrutiny of the classroom discourse seems to reveal that their linguistic difficulties might be a product of the relationship between their linguistic competence and the demands that examinations placed on it. Students’ responses to linguistic difficulties were characterized by predominantly “quantitative” conceptions of, and approaches to, language learning. This quantitative orientation was not generally problematized but deemed functional by students in the examination-oriented context. Socio-psychological constraints raised by diarists included undesirable teacher–learner role relationships, negative self-evaluation, examination anxiety, deficient study skills, and obstacles to independent learning. Although these non-linguistic constraints were not frequently mentioned, it could be argued that socio-psychological factors substantially affected learning. Based on the findings, suggestions are made to aim at informed teaching in the general Chinese EFL university context.en_HK
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dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/systemen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectEFL learningen_HK
dc.subjectLingustic difficultiesen_HK
dc.subjectSocio-psychological constraintsen_HK
dc.subjectQuantitative/qualitative conceptions of learningen_HK
dc.subjectQuantitative/qualitative approacheds to learningen_HK
dc.titleA diary study of difficulties and constraints in EFL learningen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailHuang, J: peterjh@hkusua.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.system.2005.04.001en_HK
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