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A Successful Foreign Language Learner. Prof. Yi-Ping Wu. The Seventh Group. Group Members. 9331372 Carlos Dong. 9331376 Lisa Wu. 9331338 Zoë Lee. 9331378 Vicky Lin. Introduction. The Purpose of the Study. Why do we choose her? - The first reason

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A successful foreign language learner

A Successful Foreign Language Learner

Prof. Yi-Ping Wu

The Seventh Group

Group members
Group Members


Carlos Dong


Lisa Wu


Zoë Lee


Vicky Lin

The purpose of the study
The Purpose of the Study

  • Why do we choose her?

    - The first reason

    We want to know that how she conquered many

    problems in foreigner country.

    - The second reason

    She always tells us how to learn English better.

  • Why do we think she is successful?

    She is a good example who spent seven years

    studying aboard and now is a English teacher.

Case description
Case Description

  • Educational background and research fields

    -Deguang Catholic Girls' High School

    -B.A in English Literature atProvidence University

    - Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Texas at Dallas

Case description1
Case Description

  • Learning experiences

    -elementary school

    -junior high school

    -senior high school


    -graduate school

Data collection
Data Collection

  • Face-to-face interview

    We planned a number of questionsbefore the interview.

  • E-mails

    We asked for some extra information.

  • Questionnaire

    She did the questionnaire of learning styles.

Analysis of professor wu s learning characteristic
Analysis of Professor Wu’s Learning Characteristic

  • Intelligence

    Professor Wu excels in spatial, musical, and

    interpersonal intelligence.

  • Personality

    Professor Wu is moderately extroverted

Analysis of professor wu s learning characteristic1
Analysis of Professor Wu’s Learning Characteristic

  • Motivation and attitudes

    Professor Wu has intrinsic and instrumental motivation.

  • Learner Preferences

    Professor Wu tends to be visual , field-independent,

    reflective, and has no particular dominance on

    either side.

  • Behaviorism

    - Practice and drill

    She listens to radio and watches American TV programseveryday.

    - Habit formation

    She keeps practicing and repeating the language constantly to form her habit of saying those sentences.

    - Imitation

    She admired a teacher’s teaching, so she started to imitate that teacher.

    - Positive and corrective feedback

    She felt confident in learning second language.

  • Interactionism

    When Professor Wu studied abroad, she had

    many chances to communicate with others.

  • CPH (Critical Period Hypothesis)

    Professor Wu started to learn English at ten.

  • ZPD (zone of proximal development)

    She improved her speaking skills by talking with

    more advanced learners.

  • The input hypothesis

    I+1 (I= comprehensible input)-- read more

    difficulty stuff.


  • Professor Wu’s success in second language learning attributes to many factors, including her strong intrinsic motivation, long-term formed habit, and positive attitude.

  • She believes that positive attitude and good learning skills are the best ways to study English.

  • “Never give up, and success will belong to you.”

Suggestion for foreign language learners
Suggestion For Foreign Language Learners

  • Reading ability

    Choose a proper materialto read

  • Writing ability

    Imitate the structure of authentic articles

  • Listening ability

    Listen to ICRT and watch English videos

  • Speaking ability

    Seize every opportunity to speak in English.

Thank You

For Your Attention