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18 August 2020 at 12:45 pm #2331adminKeymaster
Great list and quite comprehensive! I would add some factors like:
– end goal of learning, such as for academic study (which would entail focusing on EAP), or for use in business (which would make the learner focus on Business English).
– the learner’s L1 – certain L1s are part of language families that make learning English easier than others (e.g. Latin-based or Germanic-based language speakers might find it easier to learn English than speakers of Asian languages or Arabic language speakers, because of typological proximity, especially when dealing with the same writing systems.)
– the affective filter of the learner, theory by which emotions, anxiety, levels of nervousness about the learning environment would affect the learning process and ability to acquire the language. According to this hypothesis, the affective filter needs to be low in order for acquisition to happen. Perhaps some teaching methods that are more authoritarian would cause the learner to experience a high affective filter and thus have struggles with learning.
– learner experiences that maybe create a stronger desire to learn like living in a country where English is spoken primarily, like in study abroad opportunities, which then expand to having made English-speaking friends that might help create more motivation due to sociolinguistic reasons.
– in some parts of the worlds, lack of access to basic resources would hinder learning.
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15 November 2020 at 9:17 pm #3743Ahmed Abdullah AliMember
4- Learners’ attitudes
5- Willingness to study a language
3 December 2020 at 9:12 am #4165Angelica Marie EstrabelaMember
These are the factors that I noticed as I teach both Chinese and Filipino students:
1. Better job opportunities – Chinese students believe that if you can speak English, they can get better jobs and get higher salary in big cities. Most Chinese students are also encouraged (or even forced by their parents to study English online) because of social competition that they experience. Filipino students, on the other hand, view English as the language of the workplaces. So, job qualifications are their motivation to learn.
2. Academic Papers – Some of my Chinese students learn English so that they can read various English-published papers while Filipino students’ academic papers mostly are written in English.
3. Soft skills – communication in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 is vital. So, language teachers are expected to teach students how to speak fluently in English.
14 December 2020 at 8:27 am #4355Buddhika DaladawaththaMember
In Sri Lanka, the attitudes towards the language is one of the key factors coupled up with motivation, national and institutional policies, facilities provided for the purpose and so on.
In most cases , some students view learning an L2 – English as a rigorous task because of the teacher, text books , facilities etc whereas to some others it naturally comes from the homefront and/ or with the social milieu they deal with.
21 December 2020 at 4:06 pm #4575Dauda PikawiMember
The reason for learning the English language itself is a factor
2 January 2021 at 5:54 pm #4745Pabasara PonnamperumaMember
In Sri Lanka, there are many factors which shape the learning of English in the country. It is the official language in the country therefore, it is required to communicate all the administrative and educational matters. Consequently, Sri Lankans tend to learn English in order to have a good job. Furthermore, English language and the competencies of having English language show the social standard of the personnel in the Society.
2 January 2021 at 8:02 pm #4759Deborah AyersMember
Many of the students I teach most frequently are motivated by their desire to get a certification, so their goals are more likely professionally motivated. But a lot of my students are also Swiss, so English is a lingua franca, and is learned as part of their cultural needs and desires.
11 February 2021 at 11:05 pm #5229
There are many factors to learn English, the most important is the communication around the world.
15 February 2021 at 4:52 am #5251Alexandra PakMember
Everything depends on our own motivation.
23 February 2021 at 10:30 pm #5300Richard ZadoriMember
Anything, everything, anywhere…
25 February 2021 at 4:21 pm #5331Richard ZadoriMember
I can only repeat myself: I learn from everyone, anywhere, anyhow… I try to learn 24/7 every single day because I want to sound and talk like native speakers do, especially Yorkshiremen.
1 April 2021 at 6:05 pm #5385Alex FerreiraMember
The most important is the communication around the world and this depends of your own motivation.
1 May 2021 at 2:50 pm #5421Abdulsalam AderibigbeMember
Yes, quite a long and comprehensive list of factors that influences English language learning. The admin has also highlighted some factors that are quite peculiar in my community here in Nigeria.
Some other factors that I think influences English language learning in my community includes:
1. Purpose of learning: some learners learn English language for career advancement while others sees it as an opportunity to improve social prestige. These to a large extent influences the pace of learning and the form of English that is been learnt.
2.Environment: the contents been drawn from the learners environment largely influences their output.
8 May 2021 at 1:02 pm #5447Josephine RicciMember
The reasons for learning English may be for educational purposes, for work, for communication, need to. However, for whatever reason, it really depends on the learners attitude and motivation that may result in their success in learning English.
22 June 2021 at 4:21 pm #5486Eleni VerikakiMember
Some other factors may be:
a) easy access to materials and resources
b) chances of employability and climbing up the career ladder
c) personal interest and motivation
d) being aware of what is happening around the globe
24 July 2021 at 12:23 am #5522Saul SantosMember
The list of factors presented is very comprehensive. I can hardly think of other factors…
Perhaps learners’ expectations of what a language class should look like, of who a language teacher should be (someone with LT trainiing or a so called’ native speaker’; beliefs about learning, teaching, their own role as students; attitudes towards the so called ‘standard variety’ and alternative varieties
9 September 2021 at 7:00 am #5593Manuel CadedduMember
Time available to the learner.
15 September 2021 at 1:33 pm #5600Simon FieldingMember
Factors that shape learning of English around the world:
– Language spoken at home
– Position of country within the inner/outer/expanding circles
– How metropolitan or rural the location is
– Exposure to English media
– Motivation or goals related to English
– English spoken in the community
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