Whilst it has been long accepted that personality plays a pivotal role in successful Second Language Acquisition, the role of gender remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. It remains impossible to examine the influence of each factor in isolation; however, it is the contention of the author that pairs of factors may be analysed in conjunction in order to determine the extent to which gender has any influence on the acquisition process. Using a novel approach to the collection of research results on test groups, it is the intention of the author to examine if it is at all possible to draw conclusions as to the extent to which gender plays a role in language learning. The article will briefly discuss the theoretical background before describing the research methodology. Finally, an attempt will be made to analyse the results and frame any tentative conclusions.
Stream: Individual differences
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