Who are Our Students? Investigating Learners’ Risk Taking Ability and Achievement on Second Language Acquisition

BURGUCU, Assiye and HAN, Turgay and ENGİN, Ali Osman and KAYA, M. Dursun (2010) Who are Our Students? Investigating Learners’ Risk Taking Ability and Achievement on Second Language Acquisition. In: 2nd International Symposium on Sustainable Development, June 8-9 2010, Sarajevo.

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Abstract

Teachers of second language, to be most effective, should be aware of who their students really are. It means that teachers must comprehend diversities among their students in many individual characteristics, such as age, self-esteem, motivation and motivation span, sex, cooperation, competition, language learning techniques, strategies, styles, and the last and one of the distinctive individual characteristics is risk-taking ability. All of these variables are directly related to achievement; however the general purpose of this study is to overview the links between learners’ risk-taking ability and achievement on second language acquisition in a comprehensive manner. The study examines three stages. The first part of this paper presents the general overview of learners’ risk-taking ability and behaviors on language acquisition process and its effects on learners. The second part introduces how it affects achievement, the proportion between risk-taking ability and achievement. The third part of the article is related to advantages and disadvantages of risk-taking on second language teaching. The article concludes with how teachers and learners use this character positively.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk-taking ability, L2 learning, achievement, individual differences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Ibrahim Kinal
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2012 18:11
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/320

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