Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 11 : 2 February 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
         Sam Mohanlal, Ph.D.
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         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.
         S. M. Ravichandran, Ph.D.
         G. Baskaran, Ph.D.
         L. Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.



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Impact of Students' Attitudes on their Achievement in English -
A Study in the Yemeni Context
A Master's Degree Dissertation in TESL

Hassan Saeed Awadh Ba-Udhan


This study aims to examine students' attitudes towards English and towards learning English. It focuses on the relationship between students' attitudes towards English and their achievement in English. Besides, the measures adopted by students to improve their proficiency in English have also been investigated.

The subjects of the study are 71 first-year students of which 41 are males and 30 are females. They have been studying a four-year BA course in English in the Faculty of Education, Seiyun, Hadhramout University of Science and Technology, Yemen. A questionnaire is administered to collect the data for the study. The findings show that there are no significant differences between the male and the female students in term of their attitudes; both hold positive attitudes towards English and towards learning English and towards the native speakers of English and their culture.

The female students realize the importance of understanding the target language culture but interestingly many of them prefer to learn English without paying attention to the culture of the English speaking communities. Moreover, though the Yemeni people realize the importance of speaking English, they tend to discourage people who speak in English among them.

It is found that there is a positive correlation between students' attitudes towards learning English and their proficiency in it. Furthermore, the study reveals that students use effective measures such as reading books and newspapers, watching programs in English on TV etc in order to improve their proficiency in English. In the light of this study, it is possible to put forward that factors like students' attitudes towards teachers, curriculum, and teaching methodologies could be the causes of students' low achievement in exams or of their inattentiveness to their studies. In order for teachers to create a comfortable classroom atmosphere wherein meaningful learning can take place, they need to build a good rapport with students and strengthen the rapport among the students themselves. Teachers should encourage the students to interact with them and with each other in English in and outside the classroom.

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