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This book presents empirical studies on the various factors that influence English language learning and teaching in India, including language learning beliefs, learning styles and strategies, anxiety, and attitudes and motivation. The author explores several aspects of English language learning and teaching in the multilingual Indian context and examines whether and to what extent the variables which have been shown to influence second language learning in monolingual countries also apply to the Indian situation.
Among the aspects explored in this book are Indian studentsí (and their teachersí) "theories" about learning English; their preferences for language learning styles; the learning and reading strategies they use to enhance their competence in English on their own; the degree of language learning anxiety they experience; and their attitudes toward, and motivation for, learning English. The results are compared to studies with subjects from other countries. The implications for the learning and teaching of English are discussed in each chapter.