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June 2015 Vol. 3 No.7

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Merit Research Journal of Education and Review (ISSN: 2350-2282) Vol. 3(7) pp. 235-242, July, 2015

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Original Research Article

On the relationship between self-compassion and language learning strategy use


Assoc. Prof. Abbas Ali Zarei* and Hanieh Rahmani


Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran

*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: a.zarei@hum.ikiu.ac.ir

Accepted June 29, 2015




The present study investigated the relationship between Iranian EFL learners' self-compassion and language learning strategy use. A sample of 104 B.A and M.A level Iranian EFL learners majoring in English (both male and female) participated in this study. Three instruments, Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP), self-compassion scale, and the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) were used for data collection. Multiple Regression analysis revealed that meta-cognitive strategies are significant predictors of ‘self-kindness’ and affective and compensation strategies are significant predictors of ‘awareness of common humanity’ and ‘mindfulness’. Social strategies were also found to be negative predictors of ‘self-judgment’. The findings of the present study suggest that the concept of self-compassion can provide instructors and authorities with useful insights into learner differences and their different needs in language learning.

Key words: Language learning strategies, self-compassion, strategy use




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