LINGUIST List 26.4932

Thu Nov 05 2015

Sum: Some results of Language Learning Beliefs Survey

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 01-Nov-2015
From: Ron Peek <>
Subject: Some results of Language Learning Beliefs Survey
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Dear colleagues,

In 2011-2012, I conducted the Language Learning Beliefs Survey (LLBS) and placed a request for participants on the Linguist List.

A first publication (abstract below) on some of the data has now appeared as a peer-reviewed article in the International Journal of Multilingualism:

Peek, R. (2015). Exploring learner autonomy: language learning locus of control in multilinguals,

Thank you once again to all of you who were so kind to participate and spread the word.

Ron Peek


By using data from an online language learning beliefs survey (n = 841), defining language learning experience in terms of participants’ multilingualism, and using a domain-specific language learning locus of control (LLLOC) instrument, this article examines whether more experienced language learners can also be seen as more autonomous language learners. Statistical analyses revealed small but significant positive correlations between the three multilingualism measures used and LLLOC scores, with higher scores indicating a more internal LLLOC. Participants with a higher linguistic repertoire size and overall language proficiency, who used their languages more frequently, had higher LLLOC scores than those with less languages at lower levels of proficiency and frequency of use. These findings suggest that more experienced language learners might indeed be more autonomous learners, as they subscribe to language learning beliefs that are indicative of a more internal LLLOC.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

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