Personal theories of EFL learners: a case study on the development of personal theories


Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol.1, no.1, pp.2728-2731, 2009 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.483
  • Journal Name: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2728-2731
  • Keywords: Personal theories, english language learners, personal construct theory
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Individualized meanings and creation of responses facilitate both the comprehension and the reflection upon the text when reading literature. The present study is concerned with one EFL student and how his personal theories about reading fiction changed over a period of 10 months. The findings which are represented by repertory grid data are drawn from a larger scale study concerned with 20 EFL students. The data suggested that the participating EFL student's personal theories displayed little change in content while the structure of his theories changed significantly and the change was non-linear. © 2009.