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Beliefs about the effectiveness of grammar learning
Learners' beliefs about the effectiveness of grammar learning were examined. As a preliminary analysis,interviews with college students were reanalyzed. The interviews were originally carried out with the purposeof eliciting college students' beliefs about English language learning in general. This reanalysis placed a focuson their views about grammar. It showed that although there are interindividual differences, there were alsointraindivildual differences: Learners had differing degrees of perceived effectiveness of grammar learning indifferent skills, i.e., speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This result led to a larger-scale study in which 168junior and senior high school students rated on a questionnaire the perceived effectiveness of grammar learningfor each of the four skills and solving test questions. Cluster analysis was employed in order to profile thembased on the patters of their beliefs. Seven distinct clusters were found, each of which had unique patters ofbeliefs. Based on the results, it was assumed that learners had different views about the characteristics of theskills. They were also suspected to have judged whether grammar learning was compatible to thecharacteristics of the skills.
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