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EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 47 of the importance of fluency and intelligibility over ‘correct pronunciation’, so as to minimise potential reservations they might have about speaking in class. Another recommendation is that teachers take into account the strong instrumental motivation of many students at the same time as explicitly addressing issues of integration into the Australian community in planning their courses. Finally, the results showed that further research on learner beliefs is needed. Researchers may want to explore whether these results are representative of other language groups in AMEP settings. It might be fruitful to compare the results of this study with other nationality and/or language groups in various AMEP settings. In addition, it is worth investigating whether ESL learners’ beliefs change over time while enrolled in an English language program. If so, what factors might have influenced a shift in their language learning beliefs? Knowledge of such factors could provide a better understanding of the nature of language learning and contribute to the process of the development of students’ successful language learning beliefs and behaviours. ACknowledGements The authors would like to express their thanks to Dr. Michele de Courcy and Dr. Joseph Lo Bianco for their valuable comments on the earlier draft of this paper. referenCes Abraham, R., & Vann, R. (1987). Strategies of two language learners: A case study. In A. Wenden & J. Rubin (Eds.), Learner strategies in language learning, (pp. 85-102). London: Prentice Hall. Aoki, T. (1979). Toward curriculum inquiry in a new key: Curriculum, media and instruction. Occasional Paper No.2. Conference on ‘Phenomenological Description: Potential for Research in Art Education’ Edmonton: University Alberta, Secondary Education Publications. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED182808). Banya, K., & Cheng, M. (1997). Beliefs about foreign language learning: A study of beliefs of teachers’ and students’ cross-cultural settings. Research Report. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 411 691. Benson, P., & Lor, W. (1999). Conception of language and language learning. System 27(4), 459-427. Bernat, E. (2004). Investigating Vietnamese ESL learners’ beliefs about language learning. EA Journal 21(2), 40-54.
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