EFL Learner’s Beliefs in Pronunciation Learning

Sarjaniah Zur, Abdul Halim, Nur Dianti Syafwa


This qualitative study aims to identify students’ response to learners’ beliefs about pronunciation skill. The participants of this study consist of 35 students from the students of Pronunciation class in an institution, class A and B in the second semester of the academic year of 2019/2020. The qualitative data were analyzed by questionnaire. This study focuses on students’ beliefs in learning pronunciation. The result shows that students have four beliefs in learning pronunciation that is beliefs on learning process, learning pronunciation, strategy used in learning pronunciation, and the solution and importance of pronunciation. This will provide information to lecturers and universities to take advantage of beliefs in learning pronunciation.

Keywords: importance of pronunciation; learning pronunciation; students’ beliefs

Full Text:



Abbas Pourhosein Gilakjani, Narjes Banou Sabouri. 2016. How Can EFL Teachers Help EFL Learners Improve Their English Pronunciation. Iran

Abbas Pourhossein Gilakjan, Mohammad Reza Ahmadi. 2011. Why is Pronunciation So Difficult to Learn.


Abraham, R.G., and R.J. Vann 1987 ‘Strategies of Two Language Learners: A Case Study’, in A.L. Wenden and J. Rubin (eds.), Learner Strategies in Language Learning (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice- Hall): 85-102.

Amy L. Zeldin, frank Pajers. 2000. Against the Odss: self-eficacy beliefs of women in mathematical, scientific, and technological careers. American.

Anastazija Kirkova-Naskova. Martha C. 2020. Pennington and Pamela Rogerson Revell. English Pronunciation: Contemporary Perspectives.

Anita L Wenden. 1986. What do second language learners know about their language learning? A second look at retrospective accounts. New York.

Anita L Wenden. 1987. Metacognition: an expanded view on the cognitive abilties of L2 Learners. Ary et.al. 2010. Introduction to research in Educational. Canada:Nelson Education, Ltd.

Bailey, K. M., & Nunan, D. (Eds.). (1996). Voices from the language classroom: Qualitative research in second language education. Cambridge University Press.

Bialystok, E., 1979. The role of conscious strategies in second language pro®ciency. Canadian Modern Language Review 35, 372±394.

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

Cohen, A.D. 1998 Strategies in Learning and Using a Second Language (New York: Addison Wesley Longman).

Cohen, P. (2010). Culture of poverty makes a comeback. New York Times. Retrieved from


Dörnyei, Z., & Csizér, K. (2002). Motivational dynamics in second language acquisition: Results of a longitudinal nationwide survey. Applied Linguistics, 23(4), 421–


Haggard, G. L. (2004). Making a difference: Stamping out illiteracy. The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 70(2), 26-8.

Horwitz K. 1987 ‘Surveying Student Beliefs about Language Learning’, in A.L. Wenden and J. Rubin (eds.), Learner Strategies in Language Learning (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall): 119-29.

Horwitz K. 1988 ‘The Beliefs about Language Learning of Beginning University Foreign Language Students’, The Modern Language Journal 72: 283-94.

Horwitz K. 1999. Cultural and situational influences on foreign language learners’ beliefs about language learning: a review of Balli studies. Texas

Huang, J. 1984. On the distribution and reference of empty pronouns. Linguistics inquiry 531-574. The MIT Press

Jacob, F. John, S. D.M. Gwany and A.U. 2020. Okoronka. Motivation in Learning. Asian journal of education and Social Studies.

Kamiya, N. 2018. Teacher and students’ beliefs.

Macleod, J. (1995). Ain’t no makin it: Aspirations and attainment in a low income neighborhood. Oxford, UK: Westview Press.

McLeod. 2002. Deconstructive Discourse Analysis: Extending the Methodological Conversation.

Oxford, R.L. 1990. Language Learning Strategies: What Every Teacher Should Know (New York: Newbury House).

Pawlak, M. (2013a). Comparing learners’ and teachers’ beliefs about form-focused instruction. In D. Gabryś-Barker, E. Piechurska-Kuciel, & J. Zybert (Eds.), Investigations in teaching and learning languages: Studies in honor of Hanna Komorowska (pp. 109-131). Heidelberg – New York: Springer.

Pawlak, M. (2013b). The effect of explicit and implicit corrective feedback on eliminating pronunciation errors. In E. Waniek-Klimczak & L. Shockey (Eds.), Teaching and researching English accents in native and non-native speakers (pp. 85-101). Heidelberg – New York: Springer.

Pennington, M. C. (1989). Teaching pronunciation from the top down. RELC Journal, 20(1), 20–38.


Pillai, 2017. Local Features of English Pronunciation: To Embrace Or Ignore In The ELT Classroom? Malaysia. (journal 1).

Robert P Abelson. 1979. Differences between belief and Knowledge systems. Yale University.

Rogalsky, J. (2009). Myth busters: Dispelling the culture of poverty myth in the urban classroom. Journal of Geography, 108(4/5), 198-209.

Saldana, J. 2013. The coding manual for qualitative researchers.

Thompson, 1992. International journal of purchasing and materials management. Vol. 28, issue 3.

Ting Fang, Chih-Cheng Lin. Taiwan EFL Learners‟ Pronunciation Strategies in Two Learning Contexts.


Wang, M. C., Haertel, G. D., & Walberg, H. J. (2003). Fostering educational resilience in inner-city schools.

Retrieved from www.temple.edu/Iss/htmlpublications/pubs97-4.htm

Wenden, A. 1986a ‘Helping Language Learners Think about Learning’, ELT Journal 40.1: 3-12

Wenden, A. 1986b ‘What Do Second-language Learners Know about their Language Learning? A Second Look at Retrospective Accounts’, Applied Linguistics 7.2: 186- 201.

Wenden, A. 1987 ‘How to Be a Successful Language Learner: Insights and Prescriptions from L2 Learners’, in A.L. Wenden and J. Rubin (eds.), Learner Strategies in Language Learning (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall): 103-18.

Yang, N.D., 1999. The relationship between EFL learners' beliefs and learning strategy use. Taipei 10617, Taiwan, ROC.

Zeldin A. L., Pajares F., American Educational Research Journal 37 (2000) 215-246.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31332/alg.v2i2.3234


  • There are currently no refbacks.