Examination of Relationships between Factors Affecting on Oral Participation of ELT Students and Language Development: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

Nader Assadi Aidinlou, Sara Ghobadi


Class participation is considered as a way that accordingly, the students appeared actively into the educational process and to help in strengthening our teaching and bringing liveliness to the classroom. Oral participation (OP) is important for students of English Language Training (ELT). This study attempts to determine which factors students find most influential in their oral participation in a foreign language class and its relations with English language development (ELD). Structural equation modeling using LISREL software was used to analyze data. According to the derived constructs and the evaluation criteria for goodness-of-fit, the results approved the validity of the projected construct. The interpretation of the results obtained from SEM and the results of hypothesis testing showed that there are significant relationships between factors affecting on oral participation and also relationships between oral participation and language development. SEM results show that final model based on ELT have proved that ELD was controlled with OP by 65%. Therefore, proposed model of this research can increase the success of ELD studies in L2. Therefore final model has proved that ELD was controlled by educational factors (EF) more than social factors (SOF) and student factors (SF). The structure of the general model presented should be applicable to students of ELT and second language learning environment. Findings suggest this case study fits the unique criteria of a ‘second language’ learner.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v2n5p131

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