An Attitudinal Examination of English Language Learning Attitude towards Social Skills Development in Higher Education

  • Dr. Ahsan Bashir, Maryam Aleem, Sabahat Parveen, Muhammad Asif Ikram Anjum


English education has influenced various dimensions of learning in higher education. As English as a second language became demandable across the world, it’s a complex process to learn a dual language for academic and futuristic achievements. The phenomena of standard international language led people to interact in fluent ways. Majority of students adopted language learning programs and courses to adjust in universities. This study was set out to examine the impact of language learning attitude on students’ social skills development in higher education. The sample of this study consisted of 113 students enrolled in the BS English program. The researchers used questionnaires of language attitude and social skills to collect information from the participants. Based on the results of this study, it was revealed that the attitude aspects of targeted language (English) have a significant impact on students’ social skills development in higher education. Additionally, there are significant mean scores differences between male and female students’ perceptions of their language attitude and social skills. The commitment of students towards English language (second) has a positive impact on their attitude (cognitive, behavioural, & emotional). It was also found that language learning attitude towards English language significantly contributed to university adjustment and social skills development as well. These attitudinal aspects contribute to their social interaction.