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Is there a Relationship between Shyness and English Proficiency Level of Bilingual and Monolingual EFL Learners

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It would be mention that bilingualism can be defined in different ways. For example, Maleki (2011) asserted that individual level includes consecutive or simultaneous learning which involves the content of achievement, ability, language competence and proficiency. However, social level contains complex phenomena of minority and migrants and focuses some matters like domain and diglossia. These are useful in interpreting the various ways that linguistic resources are organized in multilingual communities. In these communities, there are some phenomena like transfer, borrowing, code switching and interference. The current study seeks to examine the effects of the role of shyness in English proficiency level of Bilingual EFL Learners in Komijan (in the province of Markazi) and Monolingual EFL learners in Arak (in the province of Markazi). The number of subjects were 98 and all of them were male. The age range of learners was 12 to 15. Thus, Revised Cheek and Buss Shyness Scale (RCBS) was used to measure the shyness level of both bilingual and monolingual learners. Results of the One-way ANOVA indicated that different level of shyness was not significant among bilingual and monolingual learners. It also indicated that bilingual students outperformed monolingual students in General English Proficiency.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 33)
H. Kohzadi et al., "Is there a Relationship between Shyness and English Proficiency Level of Bilingual and Monolingual EFL Learners", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 33, pp. 50-62, 2014
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June 2014

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Mohammad Ali Heidari-Shahreza, International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences 20 (2014) 14-21. ( Received 15 June 2014; accepted 22 June 2014 ) APPENDICES Appendix I Background Questionnaire NO. Question Answer.

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. He goes never to the company softball games. A. never B. the C. softball D. games.

. Do you know the student who books were stolen? A. Do B. know C. who D. were.

. Jean-Pierre will spend his vacation either in Singapore nor the Bahamas. A. will B. his C. nor D. Bahamas.

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. Frederick used work for a multinational corporation when he lived in Malaysia. A. used work B. multinational C. when D. lived in Part III. English Vocabulary Select the best answer.

. The rate of ______ has been fluctuating wildly this week. A. money B. bills C. coins D. exchange.

. The bus ______ arrives late during bad weather. A. every week B. later C. yesterday D. always.

. Do you ______ where the nearest grocery store is? A. know B. no C. now D. not.

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. The critics had to admit that the ballet _______ was superb. A. procrastinate B. performance C. pathology D. psychosomatic.

. Peter says he can't ______ our invitation to dinner tonight. A. angel B. across C. accept D. almost.

. We were _____ friends in that strange but magical country. A. upon B. among C. toward D. in addition to.

. The hurricane caused ______ damage to the city. A. extend B. extended C. extensive D. extension.

. Many cultures have special ceremonies to celebrate a person's _____ of passage into adulthood. A. right B. rite C. writ D. write Part IV. English Reading Comprehension Select the best answer. Directions to Erik's house Leave Interstate 25 at exit 7S. Follow that road (Elm Street) for two miles. After one mile, you will pass a small shopping center on your left. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right onto Maple Drive. Erik's house is the third house on your left. It's number 33, and it's white with green trim.

. What is Erik's address? A. Interstate 25 B. 2 Elm Street C. 13 Erika Street D. 33 Maple Drive.

. Which is closest to Erik's house? A. the traffic lights B. the shopping center C. exit 7S D. a greenhouse Date: May 16, 1998 To: Megan Fallerman From: Steven Roberts Subject: Staff Meeting Please be prepared to give your presentation on the monthly sales figures at our upcoming staff meeting. In addition to the accurate accounting of expenditures for the monthly sales, be ready to discuss possible reasons for fluctuations as well as possible trends in future customer spending. Thank you.

. The main focus of the presentation will be _______. A. monthly expenditures B. monthly salary figures C. monthly sales figures D. Staffmeeting presentations.

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. Which of the following counties is not included in the tour? A. Devon B. Cornwall C. Essex D. Hampshire.

. How many people can go on this tour? A. 10 B. an unlimited number C. 2-8 D. a limited number.

. What can we infer about this area of southern England? A. The region has lots of vegetation. B. The coast often has harsh weather. C. The sun is hot and the air is dry. D. The land is flat. Anna Szewczyk, perhaps the most popular broadcaster in the news media today, won the.

. What is the purpose of this announcement? A. to invite people to the National Convention of Broadcast Journalism B. to encourage college students to study broadcasting C. to recognize Ms. Szewczyk's accomplishments D. to advertise a job opening at the Hollsville County Times.

. The expression to become synonymous with, means A. to be the same as. B. to be the opposite of. C. to be in sympathy with. D. to be discharged from.

. What was Ms. Szewczyk's first job in journalism? A. She was a T.V. announcer in Washington. B. She was a newscaster in Oregon. C. She was an editor for a newspaper in Missouri. D. She was a talk show host in Chicago.

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