A Neural Network Model of Students’ English Abilities Based on Their Affective Factors in Learning
Fitra A. Bachtiar*, Katsuari Kamei**, and Eric W. Cooper**
*Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
**College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
The gap between teaching perspectives and students’ differences may impact negatively on teaching and learning effectiveness, indicating the need for a new approach for bridging this gap. The potentials of artificial neural networks for approximating extremely complex problems encouraged us to develop an estimation model of student English ability. The model was trained using a back propagation algorithm and tested using 154 samples from two universities. The model estimation rate related to student English ability demonstrated a high level of estimation by 93.34% for listening, 94.38% for reading, 94.90% for speaking, and 93.58% for writing.
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