PATDANAI PUVACHAROONKUL (KING€™S MONGKUT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THONBURI)
JEFFREY WILANG (King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi)

DO GRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE THE €˜RIGHT€™ MINDSET IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING?: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY : LANGUAGE LEARNING

The concepts of fixed- and growth-mindsets in psychology have been applied to various disciplines including education. However, very limited studies have been conducted in applied linguistics, specifically in English language learning. This paper presents the preliminary results of an exploratory study concerning the mindsets of the graduate students toward English language learning in a university context. An adapted English Language Mindset Survey (ELMS) was distributed to 32 graduate students enrolled in English foundation courses in a top-ranked university in Bangkok. Accordingly, growth mindset of graduate students increases when their classmates succeed in the English class (M=4.13, SD=1.34). Though the students want to do differently in the English class, their individualities cannot be really changed (M=2.75, SD=1.26). Among factors of ELMS, the students are growth-minded in ‘Success of Others’, and are neutral-minded in their ‘Own Ability’. In the final study, insights of students through various self-reports and in-depth interviews are collected.

Patdanai Puvacharoonkul is a current Master student in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching at the School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. His research interest is language learning. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and an M.Sc. in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering.

Jeffrey Dawala Wilang hails from Dilong, Tubo, Abra and currently lectures in the Department of Language and Communication, School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. His research interests include emotions in language learning, English as a lingua franca, innovative research methods, and language education in indigenous contexts.