‘The Relationship between Personality Traits and Language Learning Strategies of EFL University Students’ by Hamid Reza Niknaqsh & Seyed Jalal Abdolmanafi Rokni


This study was aimed to identify language learners’ personality traits as well as language learning strategies of Iranian university students learning English as a foreign language and to investigate the relationships between personality traits and language learning strategies. This study investigated the personality traits and language learning strategies of 203 Iranian university students through administrating Costa and McCrae’s (1992) NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R) of the five-factor model (FFM) of personality and Oxford’s (1990) Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL). The results of the study from Pearson’s r correlation revealed that Iranian university students’ personality traits in the FFM were significantly correlated to the six strategy groups in the SILL. This study provides pedagogical and sociocultural implications for practice regarding language learning and teaching and curriculum development.

Keywords: language learning strategies; personality traits; personality types; EFL learners

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