Risk-taking and Self-actualization in EFL Positive Classroom Environment


  • Liqaa Habeb Al-Obaydi University of Diyala College of Education for Human Sciences, English Department




self-actualization, risk-taking, EFL, positive classroom environment


This study expresses a positive classroom environment depending on two axes; physical setting of the classroom and the role of the teacher as a positive atmosphere creator. By applying the proposed environment, the study tries to discover the impact of it on EFL college students’ self-actualization and risk-taking. To obtain the objectives and to verify a hypothesis, an experimental design was applied by using two groups, experimental and control. The sample of the study consists of sixty EFL first stage college students divided into two groups, each of which is thirty. The first group is the experimental, which is taught in a positive classroom environment as stated by this study. The second group is the control one, which is taught traditionally by letting the classroom as it is, without any positive addition. Two measurement tools have been used; a scaled questionnaire that has been adapted from Stephen D. Luft (2007), and a self-actualization scale that is developed by Jones & Crandall (1986).Using a t-test for the two independent samples shows notable effects on EFL college students’ risk-taking and self-actualization. Based on the results obtained, educational implications that are concerned with teachers and students have been put forward.    


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Author Biography

Liqaa Habeb Al-Obaydi, University of Diyala College of Education for Human Sciences, English Department

Liqaa Habeb Al-Obaydi has a Ph.D. in English Language Teaching from the University of Baghdad. She currently works as Asst. Prof. in the English Department, College of Education for Human Sciences, at the University of Diyala, Iraq. Her research interests include the new trends of English language teaching and the use of innovative technologies in teaching English as a foreign language.


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How to Cite

Al-Obaydi, L. H. (2020). Risk-taking and Self-actualization in EFL Positive Classroom Environment. ELS Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 3(3), 352-365. https://doi.org/10.34050/elsjish.v3i3.10877