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Creativity and Personality Traits as Foreign Language Acquisition Predictors in University Linguistics Students

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Social and Differential Psychology Department, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), 6 Miklukho-Maklaya Str., 117198 Moscow, Russia
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Department of Political and Legal Disciplines and Social Communications, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, 82/1 Vernadskogo Av., 119571 Moscow, Russia
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10010035
Received: 20 November 2019 / Revised: 9 January 2020 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
Foreign (second) language (FL/SL) proficiency is one of the most important competencies for a modern person, and is necessary for both professional and personal fulfillment. The purpose of this study is to consider and compare personality traits and creativity as predictors of success in foreign language acquisition (FLA). The sample includes 128 (105 female and 23 male) first- and second-year university linguistics students. Creativity is measured by the Abbreviated Torrance Test for Adults (ATTA). The FFM personality traits are measured by the Russian NEO Five-Factor Inventory adaptation by S. Biryukov and M. Bodunov. To assess the level of FL proficiency, we used a traditional academic achievement indicator (the semester’s final grades in English), as well as the English teachers’ assessment of the level of language proficiency of their students according to the “Foreign Language Proficiency Scale” (10 indicators and total score). Descriptive statistics methods and a multiple regression analysis were used to process the data in the R software environment, version 3.5.2. The findings of our research showed that creativity indicators have a stronger but contradictory impact on the level of FL proficiency compared to personality traits. We suggest that teachers, most likely, lack knowledge on the manifestations of student creativity in the process of FL learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: creativity; personality traits; foreign (second) language acquisition; ATTA; Five-Factor Model; linguistics students; English as a foreign (second) language; level of FL proficiency creativity; personality traits; foreign (second) language acquisition; ATTA; Five-Factor Model; linguistics students; English as a foreign (second) language; level of FL proficiency
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Novikova, I.A.; Berisha, N.S.; Novikov, A.L.; Shlyakhta, D.A. Creativity and Personality Traits as Foreign Language Acquisition Predictors in University Linguistics Students. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 35.

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