Mindset, people’s beliefs about whether intelligence is fixed or malleable, have been extensively discussed in the field of Second Language Acquisition and educational psychology. And it has been found as a strong predictor of ESL learners’ Self-regulated Learning (SRL) strategies. Previous researchers have discovered that learners using SRL strategies tend to perform better in English Examinations. Considering mindsets have a domain-specific manner, the significance of Language mindsets, and people’s beliefs about whether language intelligence is fixed or malleable, have been addressed. However, limited research has investigated Hong Kong ESL learners’ language mindset and its relationship with SRL strategies. To provide more insights into the topic, a quantitative correlational study investigating ESL learners’ language mindsets, metacognitive strategies, and learning achievements in a Hong Kong Secondary school was conducted. The participants of this study were 31 secondary students aged 13-17 from a secondary school in Hong Kong. participants were asked to complete 2 questionnaires online, which measured their language mindsets and SRL strategies in learning English. Pearson correlation was conducted to examine the relationship among the variables. It is found that students tend to hold a growth language mindset with some fixed beliefs. No significant has been found between language mindset and the overall SRL strategies used. However, a positive relationship between two subtypes of SRL strategies, goal setting and planning, and persistence when faced with challenges, and language mindset has been discovered. A relatively strong positive correlation between the SRL strategies of goal setting and planning, persistence when faced with challenges and self-evaluation, and English academic achievement was found. The study calls for a joint effort from teachers and schools to promote growth language mindsets and SRL strategies in learning and teaching.
|Bachelor of Education (Honours)
|Published - 2022
- Honours Project (HP)
- Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) (Five-year Full-time)
- Programme code: A5B059
- Course code: PSY4041