EFL Students’ Attitudes towards Self-Access Language Learning Centers (SALC): The Case of Iranian ESP Students

Document Type : Research Paper


1 University Sains Malaysia

2 Rabbi Rashid Higher Education College – Tabriz, Iran

3 Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz Branch, Tabriz, Iran


This article presents the attitude of ESP learners towards the role of Self-Access Language Learning Centres in improving their reading comprehension. It provides an evaluation of the success of these contents as well as an interpretation of students’ understanding of the related concepts. Finally it identifies factors that enhance or hinder the successful implementation of Self-Access Language Learning. Both qualitative and quantitative instruments were used to elicit data that give insight into learners’ perceptions of the issues under review. Self-Access Language Learning was evaluated positively by the students, both as a means to improve specialised English and as a means to develop autonomy as well as autonomous learning skills. The study identified a number of factors that contributed to these perceptions. It also revealed that students’ understanding of independent learning is rather shallow. Finally a number of recommendations were made for a successful implementation of Self-Access Language Learning into a curriculum.


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