Three A's: How Do Attributions, Attitudes, and Aptitude Contribute to Foreign Language Learning?
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
© 2010 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 566–582, Winter 2010
How to Cite
Cochran, J. L., McCallum, R. S. and Bell, S. M. (2010), Three A's: How Do Attributions, Attitudes, and Aptitude Contribute to Foreign Language Learning?. Foreign Language Annals, 43: 566–582. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01102.x
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
- foreign language;
- university students
Abstract: The researchers investigated attributions for success, attitudes, and aptitudes for native language learning and foreign language learning success for 648 students enrolled in 100-level university foreign language courses (Spanish, French, and German). We examined relationships via correlational analyses and used structural equation modeling to determine the best predictive model. Relationships among variables were generally positive but low to moderate in magnitude (r=−.12 to r=.45).The best predictive model was attitudes leading to aptitude leading to exam grades. Attributions did not contribute to the prediction. Gender differences were indicated in effort attributions and in exam grades. Results underscore the importance of attitude in foreign language success.