S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 30 Number 1/4 (1994)
Ethnic Background and Classroom Participation: A Study in Adult Intermediate ESL Classes
- Song, Mi Jeong
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.30 No.2, pp. 435-448
- Previous research suggests that classroom participation is an important predictor of second language proficiency. It is, then, important to know which variables influence classroom participation. In the present study, it is hypothesized that classroom participation is predicted by Language Class Risktaking, Sociability, Discomfort, Motivation, Attitude Toward Language Class, Sex, Ethnicity, and the Specific Language Class. Ethnicity is hypothesized to be, one of the best predictors of students' voluntary participation in the ESL classroom The results of a stepwise regression show that students' ethnic background is the most important factor in determining their voluntary participation in the ESL classroom Compared with non-Asian students, Asian students voluntarily participated in the ESL classroom much less. Implications for ESL teachers are also discussed.