The Psychological Interrelationship between Jordanian Students’ FL Attitudes, Demographic Location and Achievement in English Grammar: A TEFL-Based Investigation
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The present study measured the Jordanian grade 8 EFL learners’ attitudes towards learning English in general. It described the participants’ beliefs and perceptions about learning English in an EFL classroom in Jordan in terms of the demographic variable of location. That is, whether the participants are originally from rural or urban areas. It also examined the relationship between the type of participants’ attitudes (whether positive or negative) towards learning English and their school achievement in English grammar. The current study adopted the whole class sampling procedure. That is, all students enrolled in two classes in the basic education school were selected to take part in the study. The participants’ FL attitudes were measured through a 24-item questionnaire, whereas their achievement in FL grammar was measured through the means of the English grammar test. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were adopted in the present study. The findings indicated that the Jordanian grade 8 EFL learners’ attitudes towards learning English significantly varied in terms of their demographic location. Moreover, their school achievement in English grammar is significantly associated with the type of their attitudes towards learning English. The study introduced implications for TEFL process at the Jordanian basic education schools.