Saturday 12:30 - 1:20 PM
Tolerance of Ambiguity of Korean Midshipmen Learning English
R.O.K. Naval Academy, Korea
Researchers on second language learning have found that different variables
such as attitude, motivation, and tolerance of ambiguity can affect the
learner's strategy selection. Since each of these variables
can be a critical trigger for learner strategy selection, it is very important
to understand characteristics of the variables. However, studies on tolerance
of ambiguity were fewer than other variables and no studies have been conducted
with this variable in highly focused ESP environments where the special
factor may operate in unusual ways to influence language learning patterns.
The purpose of this study is to explore the degree of tolerance of
ambiguity of Korean Naval Academy midshipmen. The study also seeks to find
out relationships among motivation, attitude, and tolerance of ambiguity.
The subjects will be divided into three groups according to class, major,
and proficiency, and the result will be compared with groups.
The present study will be a useful addition and important implication
to our knowledge regarding the nature of tolerance of ambiguity in the
EFL setting such as Korean/Asian military academies.