Document Type : Research Paper


Department of English language , Faculty of humanities, University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran


This study tries to find what factors underline the characteristics of acqusition of English language in EFL classrooms. The questionnaire addressing the Characteristics of English Language Acqusition Scale ( ELAS) and consisting of 41 closed questions was designed by the researchers of this study and was administered to 388 pre University Iranian EFL students at various private and public schools in Neyshabour ,Zebarkhan, to test the number of extracted factors and their cross loading . The 41 characteristics loaded on twelve rotated factors when the Principle Axis Factoring was applied to the participants' responses i.e., Learning boosters, facilitation, determination, voluntary, teaching methodology, affective factors, attitudes toward foreign speakers and their culture, learner engagement, adjustment, enhancement, teachers'output and individual differences.


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