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Title: Testing the factor structure of the Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory
Authors: Tsung-yuan Hsiao;Steve Chiang
Contributors: NTOU:Institute of Applied English
Keywords: Language Learning;English as a foreign language;BALLI;beliefs;Taiwanese;factor analysis
Date: 2010
Issue Date: 2011-10-20T07:52:59Z
Publisher: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Abstract: abstract:This preliminary study examined the factor structure of the Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory in two samples of about 750 college students of English as a foreign language in Taiwan. Results of confirmatory factor analysis lend partial support to Horwitz’s (1987) theoretical five-factor belief model. Subsequent exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of data show that a four-factor model represented by only 12 items performed better than other models both theoretically and empirically. This model consists of two dimensions already theorized in the inventory: Difficulty of Language Learning and Foreign Language Aptitude, and two newly interpreted dimensions: Importance of Spoken Language and Analytical Approaches to Language Learning. Although this four-factor model could be replicated in an independent sample, the factors are not reliable, suggesting the need to search for a more representative set of beliefs to tap specific aspects of language learning.
Relation: 111(3), pp.707-721
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw/handle/987654321/23070
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