Exploring Gender-based Language Identity Among Iranian EFL Learners

Hossein Khodabakhshzadeh, Mansooreh Hosseinnia, Fatemeh Ahmadi

Abstract


The purpose of this study is examining the language identity among male and female language learners in Iran. 1268 English language learners from different parts of the country from different ages and Iranian ethnicity and English language proficiency levels participated in this research. Validated and reliable scales of measuring language identity was used. The results of this study revealed that male and female English language learners are significantly different in their language identity and Iranian English language learners are in a moderate level of language identity. Moreover, the majority of the participants in each gender (male: 35.52%, and female: 50.88%) chosen American English as their favorite pronunciation kind, females (41.04) prefer Persian English more than males (20.94), and the lowest percent among male learners is related to Australian English (7.05) and among female learners is related to Canadian (1.54).

 


Keywords


Language identity, Male English language learners, Female English language learners, Iran

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