Interrelationship between Iranian L2 Learners’ Proficiency, Motivational Self System and Self-Regulated Learning Strategies

Masoud Rahimi Domakani, Ali Akbar Jafar Pour, Misagh Haji Mohammadi


The main purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between L2 motivational self system and self-regulated learning strategies of Iranian L2 lower-intermediate and upper-intermediate learners. To this end, correlation analysis and regression analysis were implemented. The results of the correlation analysis showed that among the components of L2 motivational self system, ideal L2 self and criterion measure were correlated significantly with SRL strategies. Also, attitude and integrativeness showed significant relationships; however, to a lesser degree with SRL strategies. In contrast, ought-to L2 self showed no significant relationship with SRL strategies. It was also confirmed that Iranian L2 learners were highly affected by the visualization of their own desired self than the visualization of their obliged self in their quest of L2 learning. The results of the regression analysis showed that criterion measure was the strongest predictor of SRL strategies. At the second place, the ideal L2 self was the other predictor of SRL strategies. Finally, in order to investigate if there were any differences in the mean scores of L2 motivational self system and SRL strategies between Iranian L2 upper-intermediate and lower-intermediate learners, an independent samples t test was run. The results of the independent samples t test confirmed that Iranian L2 upper-intermediate learners with higher level of L2 competence were stronger at their L2 motivational self system: They possessed more intended learning effort, stronger visualization of their ideal L2 selves, and higher levels of attitude and integrativeness. They were also better at implementing different levels of SRL strategies.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n3p404

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