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An Evaluation of Iranian ESL Learners' Attitudes towards Social Issues in the West

Author Affiliations

  • 1Khorasgan branch, Islamic Azad University, Esfahan, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 37-40, August,2 (2015)


The present research wants to measure and evaluate Iran private English schools ESL learners' (51 elementary, 223 intermediate and 96 advanced language learners) and their teachers' (19 teachers) attitudes towards social issues such as religious and ethnic minorities, social inequality and power dominance in the West. While using a researcher-made questionnaire to collect data, a K-S test was used to test data distribution normality. As the data did not prove to be normal, a Kruskal-Wallis test was used to compare the four groups' mean ranks. The results did not show significant differences among ESL learners' and their teachers' attitudes towards social problems. However, a binomial test showed that ESL learners and their teachers have shown significantly positive attitudes towards power dominance, while at the same time, showing moderate attitudes towards religious and ethnic minorities and social inequality in the West.


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