The Forgotten Neurolinguistic Factor in Brain Functioning and Language Learning: Sleep Pattern and Its Interconnection

Although the effects of such neurolinguistics variables as sleep pattern on learning are often cited, few research studies have examined the impact of insufficient night sleep on the students' achievement in different courses, in general, and language learning, in particular. This study made an attempt to investigate the role of this almost forgotten factor in language learning as one of the most complex learning phenomena. A total of 232 students (201 females & 31 males) were included in the study for two academic semesters. The required information was collected through a developed questionnaire. The average sleep time was 5.7 hours for female students and 4.9 hours for male participants. The correlation analysis via Pearson formula for the total population was carried out for the first and second term of their BA studies. A significant correlation (.01) was observed between their sleep pattern and academic performance for both terms. The difference between the two sets of scores in the first and second term was that there was a negative correlation for the former while it turned to positive for the second term. When the same analysis was performed adjusting for age, university and residential status similar results were obtained that is the correlation was significant for the scores of both terms with the first term as negative and the second as positive. The study bears some practical implications for students/teachers and those involved in educational planning and designing syllabi in relation to taking the educational neurolinguistics variables into more serious considerations.

Article Type:
Research/Original Article
Journal of research On Issues of Education, No. 59, 2019
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