Internal locus of control as predictor of EFL learners’ autonomy

Keywords: Locus of Control, Internal Locus of Control, Learner Autonomy, EFL Learners, Iran

Abstract

This study quantitatively examines the relationship between tertiary level EFL learners’ internal locus of control and their autonomy both as a predictor and a determiner, and the impact of learners’ age and gender on their internal locus of control. To achieve such goals two questionnaires were distributed to 132 Iranian EFL learners (90 female, 42 male) in a university in Iran. A correlation analysis of the data shows a positive significant relationship between learners’ internal locus of control and their autonomy which reveals that internal locus of control is a significant predictor of those learners’ autonomy. The data also show the learners’ gender and age have no significant impact on their internal locus of control and, thus, also no impact on their autonomy.

Author Biographies

Behnam Aghayani, Payame Noor University

Behnam Aghayani holds an MA in TEFL from Payame Noor University, Iran. His areas of interest are semantics, psycholinguistics, morphology, semiotics, CALL, and translation studies.

Elmira Hajmohammadi, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch

Elmira Hajmohammadi received her MA degree in the field of translation studies from Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch, Iran. Her research interests include semiotics, psycholinguistics, translations studies.

Published
2019-11-05
How to Cite
Aghayani, B., & Hajmohammadi, E. (2019). Internal locus of control as predictor of EFL learners’ autonomy. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 6(2), 185-196. Retrieved from https://caes.hku.hk/ajal/index.php/ajal/article/view/617