ERIC Number: ED253067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Study Time, Motivation and Students' Achievement.
Youssef, Anga A.
A study investigating the relationship between motivation, study time, and student achievement in second language courses has as subjects 97 tenth- and eleventh-grade English speakers in introductory French, German, and Spanish courses. Two surveys measured motivational factors and the amount of time spent studying the second language. Motivation was measured with a scale on which students estimated how much they learned of a specific language skill if they devoted a reasonable amount of time to it. Study time was measured by the number of hours spent in voluntary non-classroom study. Achievement was measured by the final language course grade. Results showed a positive correlation between study time and achievement for the students of French and German, but a negative correlation between motivation and achievement. Correlations between motivation and study were more uniform, and were positive and significant for all groups, although for the Spanish group the degree of correlation was much lower. These results correspond to those found in some other studies. It is proposed that students' reasons for taking the language course or stereotypes about the ease of learning the language might confound the results, and languages may have varying requirements for student achievement. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, Texas, March 6-11, 1984).