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The Influence of Level of Extroversion, Locus of Control and Gender on Listening and Reading Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition

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Magdalena Trinder

This book is an investigation into the correlation between level of extroversion, orientation of locus of control and gender. Level of extroversion and gender are widely recognised as key factors influencing the process of Second Language Acquisition, although there remains much debate as to the nature of this influence. Locus of Control has equally been identified as a key predictor of success in academic learning. Taking these points into consideration, the authors analyze the correlation between these three key factors and success in reading and listening on students of English at the university level. The investigation includes both a quantitative analysis and qualitative explanatory interviews.

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In this section the above presented results and their implications will be discussed, and an attempt will be made to rationalise the results and provide an interpretation of their meaning. First the individual research questions will be analysed and discussed before attention is turned to the main hypotheses. Following this, an attempt will be made to make sense of the qualitative analysis, and investigate to what extent the issues raised during the interviews may provide a further explanation as to the discrepancies in results among the participants.

4.1 Quantitative Data Analysis

In the following sections we shall attempt to provide answers to the research questions and main hypotheses set in the previous chapter. This analysis will be based on the quantitative data presented in the foregoing.

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