An Exploration of the Relationship Between Learner Autonomy and English Proficiency

| November 5, 2007
Title
An Exploration of the Relationship Between Learner Autonomy and English Proficiency

Keywords: Learner autonomy; Proficiency; Relationship

Authors
Deng Dafei

Bio Data
Deng Dafei is a visiting scholar in TESL at the Northern Alberta Institution of Technology, Edmonton, AB, Canada, and a graduate in English and Cultural School from the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China.

Abstract
Students language proficiency has been shown to be influenced by learner autonomy. This study investigated the relationship between learner autonomy and English proficiency in a sample of 129 non-English majors in a teacher college in China by means of a questionnaire and an interview. The data of the subjects were analyzed by T-test and F-test with SPSS11.0. The results of the study indicate that the students English proficiency was significantly and positively related to their learner autonomy, and there are no significant differences among the students learner autonomy when their English proficiency is not significantly different. But there are significant differences among the students learner autonomy when their English proficiency is significantly different.

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Category: Teaching Articles, Volume 24