The Influence of English Literacy on High School Students’ Academic Achievement


  • Xiaoxia Tian
  • Guangchao Zhang
  • Kyung Hee Park


English literacy; language ability; cultural consciousness; thinking quality; learning ability; academic achievement


In the digital age, English literacy is one of the key competences for high school students. This study aimed to explore the relationship between English literacy and academic achievement. To this end, the four-dimensional English literacy scale by the General High School English Curriculum Standard (2017 Edition, 2020 Revised Edition) set was used, and 446 high school students participated in the survey in March 2022. The results indicate no significant difference in English literacy between male and female students. Moreover, the structural equation model results showed that (1) Language ability significantly predicted cultural consciousness, thinking quality, and learning ability; (2) Thinking quality and learning ability correlated with students’ academic achievement; (3) Nevertheless, cultural consciousness did not predict academic achievement; and (4) Learning ability mediated between language ability and academic achievement. This conclusion highlights that cultivating students’ learning ability and language ability can improve their academic achievement. Therefore, teachers should exert more effort to develop students’ language ability and learning ability in the future.


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