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EFL Learners' Perceptions of Their Autonomous Learning Abilities

Year 2022, Volume 4, Issue 1, 72 - 94, 30.06.2022


Learner autonomy is an essential component in educational contexts and plays a key role in language learning. The aim of the current study is to explore the EFL learners' perceptions of their autonomous learning abilities in terms of language learning at the tertiary level in the Turkish EFL context. In accordance with this purpose, a 5-point Likert scale, which was developed by Demirtaş (2010), was utilized. Participants of this research were randomly selected 87 preparatory class students in two different language levels (i.e., elementary and starter). Besides, this paper attempts to ascertain whether there is a relationship between students' autonomous learning abilities and their language proficiency level. The collected data were analyzed by running an independent sample t-test on SPSS software. The findings reveal that most of the students in this study perceive themselves as having low-level autonomous learning abilities. This investigation indicates that there is no statistically significant difference between students' autonomy levels and language proficiency levels. These results provide important insights into the perceptions of Turkish EFL learners of their autonomous learning abilities.


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Primary Language English
Subjects Language and Linguistics
Journal Section Articles

Egem ZALOĞLU> (Primary Author)

Publication Date June 30, 2022
Published in Issue Year 2022, Volume 4, Issue 1


APA Zaloğlu, E. (2022). EFL Learners' Perceptions of Their Autonomous Learning Abilities . Eurasian Journal of English Language and Literature , 4 (1) , 72-94 . Retrieved from