Personality types and languages learning strategies: chameleons changing colours

Liyanage, Indika and Bartlett, Brendan 2013, Personality types and languages learning strategies: chameleons changing colours, System, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 598-608, doi: 10.1016/j.system.2013.07.011.

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Title Personality types and languages learning strategies: chameleons changing colours
Author(s) Liyanage, IndikaORCID iD for Liyanage, Indika orcid.org/0000-0001-6459-4977
Bartlett, Brendan
Journal name System
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 598
End page 608
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-09-01
ISSN 0346-251X
Keyword(s) personality types
language learning strategies
ESL/EFL learning
ESL/EFL teaching
Summary This exploration of associations between the reported Language Learning Strategy (LLS) preferences of learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) and their personality types is positioned within the contention that the two are generally related. Our findings unequivocally support the existence of this relationship. Moreover, they also provide a platform from which to understand the contribution to learning a second language of two very commonly cited personality traits, introversion/extroversion and neuroticism. However, they also provide the basis for the important caution that the association between personality types and LLS is quite volatile. We have found that it is variation rather than unwavering stability that features in how personality traits apply as predictive of ESL learners' specific LLS preferences. Such prediction is specified even further by the particular contexts of ESL learning where the LLS are applied, for example for listening or speaking and whether this occurs inside or outside a classroom. The implications of these findings for ESL teaching and learning are discussed as is the explanatory power of the chameleon metaphor.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.system.2013.07.011
Field of Research 130207 Lote, Esl and Tesol Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
1301 Education Systems
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013 Elsevier Ltd.
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