Big Five personality traits and willingness to communicate among foreign language learners in Turkey

Huseyin Oz1
1Department of English Language Teaching, Hacettepe University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Oz, H. (2014). Big Five personality traits and willingness to communicate among foreign language learners in Turkey. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42(9), 1473-1482.

Volume 42 Issue 9 | e4118 | Published: October 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.9.1473

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In this study I investigated the relationship between personality traits and willingness to communicate (WTC) in a second language (L2 WTC). Participants were 168 university students majoring in English as a foreign language at a major state university in Ankara, Turkey. Data were collected using the International Personality Item Pool and the Willingness to Communicate Scale. I found that 20% of participants had high L2 WTC, 66% moderate L2 WTC, and 14% low L2 WTC. The Big Five factors of extraversion, agreeableness, and openness to experience were significant in predicting and setting the psychological context for WTC in English. There was also a positive correlation between participants’ academic achievement and L2 WTC. I concluded that the interaction of the Big Five personality traits may greatly contribute to the production and promotion of WTC in learning a second or foreign language.

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