The role of self-efficacy beliefs in learning English as a foreign language among young Indonesians

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Abstract

This article examines the role of self-efficacy beliefs in learning English as a foreign language in an Indonesian primary school setting. Self-efficacy is a significant motivational factor affecting the cognitive and behavioral engagement of learners (Linnenbrink & Pintrich, 2003). The study adopted a mixed-methods research design that involved the administration of a questionnaire (N = 516), an English proficiency test (N = 516), and a semistructured interview (N = 12). The participants of the study were sixth graders from 12 primary schools in the Indonesian province of East Java. The quantitative findings indicate a relationship between self-efficacy and language ability, which the interview findings support by pointing to the different cognitive and motivational engagement of the students who held different self-efficacy levels. These findings provide empirical evidence for the motivational role of self-efficacy beliefs in language learning. The article ends with practical implications for using EFL instructional processes in the Indonesian primary school context.

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Anam, S., & Stracke, E. (2020). The role of self-efficacy beliefs in learning English as a foreign language among young Indonesians. TESOL Journal, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.440

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