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dc.contributor.advisorHorwitz, Elaine Kolker, 1950-en
dc.creatorMokhtari, Azitaen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T23:43:56Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T23:43:56Zen
dc.date.issued2007en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/3373en
dc.description.abstractThis study identifies and compares the language learning strategies and beliefs about language learning of 166 university students learning Persian (Farsi), a strategic less commonly taught language. The data were collected from three settings in the United States; the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Texas at Austin (UT), using three questionnaires: the Individual Background Questionnaire (IBQ), the Beliefs about Language Learning Inventory (BALLI), and the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL). In descriptive analyses of the BALLI, results showed that participants reported holding strong beliefs in the categories of "motivation and expectation" and "foreign language aptitude". A good number of the participants also reported strong beliefs about the importance of learning Persian and strong motivations for learning Persian, particularly to get to know native speakers of Persian better. Descriptive analyses of the SILL showed that participants reported using compensation and social strategies most, followed by cognitive, metacognitive, memory, and affective strategies. On the other hand, students reported less frequent use of memory and affective strategies. This higher use of language learning strategies, as well as stronger beliefs about language learning held by students of Persian, likely corresponds to the number of heritage learners and is an indication of a potential existing association. In short, the results of this study provide empirical description of the language learning beliefs and strategies in learners of Persian, a previously unstudied group of language learners. The study concludes with a list of practical implications for Persian instruction.en
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshPersian language--Study and teaching (Higher)--United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshPersian language--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States--Foreign speakersen
dc.titleLanguage learning strategies and beliefs about language learning: a study of university students of Persian in the United Statesen
dc.title.alternativeStudy of university students of Persian in the United Statesen
dc.description.departmentForeign Language Educationen
dc.identifier.oclc175257621en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentForeign Language Educationen
thesis.degree.disciplineForeign Language Educationen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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