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On the Offensive

By Karen Stollznow

On the Offensive " This book sheds light on the derogatory phrases, insults, slurs, stereotypes, tropes and more that make up linguistic discrimination. Each chapter addresses a different area of prejudice: race and ethnicity; gender identity; sexuality; religion; health and disability; physical appearance; and age."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Use of Different English Language Learning Strategies by Iranian Female University Level Learners of English Language as a University Major Based on Personality Traits Add Dissertation
Author: Seyed Fazeli Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Mysore, PhD Program
Completed in: 2012
Linguistic Subfield(s): Psycholinguistics;
Director(s): Dr. B.K. Ravindranath

Abstract: This study began with the premise that there was a relationship between
personality traits and second/foreign language acquisition. In such way,
the researcher aimed to explore the relationship between personality traits
and Language Learning Strategies (LLSs) of the Iranian female university
level learners of English language as a university major with examine what
this relationship has for teaching of EFL in Iran.

After review the issues of terminology, definition, and classification of
both LLSs and personality traits, the theoretical underpinnings of their
concepts were discussed.

In order to investigate this relationship, 213 participants as
representative sample of the EFL population was chosen. The participants,
were female university level learners of English language as a university
major, who study in third year of B.A. degree.

Data was collected using Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as a
proficiency test, and three questionnaires namely Strategy Inventory for
Language Learning (SILL), NEO-Five Factors Inventory (NEO-FFI), and A
Background Questionnaire, between September 2010 and November 2010 in Iran.
Four statistical tests were used to measure the relationship between
personality traits and LLSs: Statistical Descriptive, Pearson Correlation,
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and Multiple Regression Analysis.

The results of this study revealed significant relationships between
personality traits and LLSs in some cases. The results also indicated that
some traits of personality could predicate the choice and use of LLSs.

This thesis concluded by bringing together the key results and suggestions
for further research.