Explicit Teaching of Socio-Affective Language Learning Strategies to Beginner EFL Students

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  • Yamith José Fandiño Parra Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Universidad de la Salle (Bogotá)

Keywords:

socio-affective language learning strategies, affective factors, English (Second Language) students, action research, strategy instruction.

Abstract


The objective of this paper is to explicitly teach socio-affective language learning strategies (SLLS) to positively impact the beliefs, attitudes, anxie­ties, and motivations of a group of beginner EFL students at the Centro Colombo Americano in Bogota (Colombia). Therefore, an action research study was carried out with 17 students who were taking a Basic English cour­se. They answered two open-ended questionnaires, one at the beginning and the other at the end of the study; they also answered questions using a rating scale about affective factors and participated in a set of socio-affective acti­vities designed and implemented by the researcher. As a result of the study, an explicit strategy instruction in SLLS is helpful in heightening learner awareness of the importance of paying attention to their own feelings and social relationships as part of their learning process. Thus affective factors are important considerations that both teachers and students need to reflect on to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language learning and, ultimately, to gain insight about themselves.

Received: 10-08-09 / Accepted: 04-12-09

How to reference this article:

Fandino Parra, Y. J. (2010). Explicit Teaching of Socio-Affective Language Learning Strategies to Beginner EFL Students. Íkala. 15(1), pp.145-169

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Author Biography

Yamith José Fandiño Parra, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Universidad de la Salle (Bogotá)

Yamith José Fandiño holds a Bachelor's degree in English philology and language from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a Master's degree in education from Universidad de La Salle. He currently works as a tenured professor at both Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas and Universidad de La Salle in Bogotá, Colombia. E-mail: teacheryamith@gmail.com

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Published

2010-04-21

How to Cite

Fandiño Parra, Y. J. (2010). Explicit Teaching of Socio-Affective Language Learning Strategies to Beginner EFL Students. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 15(1), 145–169. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/5099

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Research papers