ATTITUDES AND THEIR IMPACTS ON UNDERGRADUATE EFL LEARNERS??? READING COMPREHENSIONACHIEVEMENT
Attitudes, Impacts, EFL Learners, Achievement
Attitudes towards language learning is paramount important. Learners with positive attitudes, who experience success, will have these attitudes reinforced. In contrast, learners??? negative attitudes may be strengthened by lack of success. Attitudes are learnt, not inherited or generally endowed (Baker, 1988, in Ellis, 2003: 198 - 199).
Two research questions are raised in this study. 1. How are the attitudes of freshmen of English department towards learning English, and 2. How are their impacts on their Reading Comprehension 1 achievement. This subject is compulsory for all freshmen and it is offered at the first semester with four credits.
The population of this research were 74 students in the two study years: 2012 - 2013 and 2013 - 2014 Academic Year. Qualitative descriptive method was applied to answer the two research questions (RQ). The participants completed one questionnaire with 29 questions related to RQ 1, using a scale of 1-5 (Likert??? Scale) to measure their attitudes. The impacts of their attitudes could be seen in the results of their pre and post-test using Reading Scale by Brown (2004). Classroom observation was also done as a complementary of other instruments.
The results reveal that their positive attitudes towards learning English significantly improve their Reading 1 achievement.