Self-Efficacy Beliefs as Predictors of Language Proficiency in a Business Education Context (78089)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Session Chair: Michiko Toyama

Thursday, 28 March 2024 16:15
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Informed by Bandura's self-efficacy theory, this study explores how two types of self-efficacy beliefs predict English proficiency in 60 undergraduate business students learning English as a foreign language (EFL). Participants completed a questionnaire containing two scales (Briones et al., 2009; Yamazaki & Toyama, force coming) to assess and report their perceived self-efficacy for adaption and EFL learning and use in cross-cultural contexts. Additionally, their English proficiency was measured through a standardized test administered both before and after the self-efficacy assessment. Correlational analyses revealed a positive relationship between each type of self-efficacy belief and students' actual English proficiency as assessed by the standardized test. These findings suggest that those who are more confident in their cross-cultural adaptation skills and in their foreign language use tend to have better English proficiency. The study then used multiple regression analysis to determine the extent to which these self-efficacy beliefs could predict actual language proficiency. The results confirm that they are significant predictors, accounting for some of the variance in language proficiency. The results emphasize the need for EFL instructional designs that enhance self-efficacy, proposing the integration of self-efficacy-building activities into curricula. This approach is crucial in preparing business students for the global marketplace and contributes significantly to the EFL field by linking self-efficacy with language learning and global business readiness.

Michiko Toyama, Bunkyo University, Japan
Yoshitaka Yamazaki, Bunkyo University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Michiko Toyama is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Bunkyo University, Tokyo in Japan

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