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Applied Linguistics Today: Research and Perspectives - Angewandte Linguistik heute: Forschung und Perspektiven

Proceedings from the CALS conference 2011 - Beiträge von der KGAL-Konferenz 2011

Edited By Leonard Pon, Vladimir Karabalic and Sanja Cimer

The volume contains 15 papers by linguists from seven different European countries. The papers offer insights into the research results of a number of recent studies conducted in the field of applied linguistics covering topics such as specialized communication, foreign language teaching, terminology problems and the like.
Dieser Band enthält 15 Beiträge von 24 Sprachwissenschaftlern aus sieben europäischen Ländern. In den Beiträgen werden die neueren Forschungsergebnisse auf dem Gebiet der Angewandten Linguistik veröffentlicht, in denen es unter anderem um die Themen Fachkommunikation, Fremdsprachenlernen und Terminologiefragen geht.

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Višnja Pavičić Takač, Dunja Požega: Personality traits, willingness to communicate and oral proficiency in English as a foreign language

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Original scientific paper Personality traits, willingness to communicate and oral proficiency in English as a foreign language Višnja Pavičić Takač, Dunja Požega Abstract This present study examined the relationship between personality traits, willingness to com- municate and oral proficiency of 324 secondary school learners of English as a foreign lan- guage in Croatia. More precisely, the correlations between the variables were explored. Com- parisons indicate that there are significant positive correlations between personality traits (ex- cept neuroticism and conscientiousness) and willingness to communicate (WTC). Particu- larly, openness, as one of the Big Five personality traits, correlates positively with all WTC groups, except interpersonal communication. When it comes to personality traits, only agree- ableness correlates significantly but negatively with oral proficiency. Among WTC groups, only group discussion correlates significantly and positively with oral proficiency. Although the results of this study do not show causal connections between the variables, but only con- firm their interrelationship, they imply that personality traits and WTC may influence learn- ers’ oral proficiency. Therefore it is suggested that foreign language teachers should consider learners’ personality traits and WTC when assessing their oral production and oral profi- ciency. Key words: second language acquisition; personality traits; willingness to communicate; oral proficiency. 1. Introduction Individual differences (IDs), as dimensions of personal characteristics that affect human thinking and behavior (Dörnyei 2006), have received a lot of attention in the field of second language acquisition (SLA) because the span of language learning outcomes and learner proficiencies have often...

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