This paper investigated on the dual characteristics of good language learner in a foreign language (FL): autonomy, group cohesiveness and group norm. Data were collected by adopting methods of selecting good learners based on the achievement test and class participation, activity, and questionnaires. Fifty six learners took part in this study with more or less the same proficiency level. The results of the study showed that good language learners were more observant of the class norms rather than group cohesiveness. In addition, all of the good language learners were autonomous. The study had some certain implications regarding pedagogy in that teachers should assist poor language learners to increase their autonomy so that they may get closer to the ideal of being a good language learner.
Parviz Maftoon, Parisa Daftarifard, Morvarid Lavasani