The Relationship between Socio-Economic Factors and the Academic Achievement of Students of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan

Nahed Suleiman Emaish

Abstract


Jordan is an Arab country in which English is the first foreign language. The University of Jordan is a public university established in 1964, with a number of students that exceeds 44,000. At this University, in addition to English, other European and Asian languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, and Korean are also taught as foreign languages.
The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between socio economic factors of students of foreign languages at the University of Jordan and their academic achievement, measured by their GPAs.
The following factors, which may have a relationship with the academic achievement of students, are tested in this research: parents’ education, family income, gender, marital status of students and their permanent places of residence.
Our research uses quantitative data based on an empirical study that applied a questionnaire to the total number of registered students in the bachelor level during the first semester of the academic year 2015/2016 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages. The total number of students who participated in this research is 2772. To achieve our objective, the data was subjected to statistical analyses by using T-test and the analysis of variance (ANOVA).
The ANOVA shows that there are no statistical differences in the cumulative average for students’ parents’ education or the family income. However, gender, marital status of students, and their permanent places of residence are significant factors in predicting their academic performances.

Keywords


Socio-economic factors, accumulative GPA, linguistic variation, academic achievement

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