ERIC Number: ED405036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Personal Fulfillment and Foreign Language Study: Making the Match.
Thot, Iris Dolores
In response to findings from a study of community college students' motivations for studying a foreign language that indicated that many students cited "personal fulfillment," a second study was undertaken to determine factors that affected students' sense of fulfillment. Specifically, the study sought to determine the relationship between fulfillment and students' gender and ethnicity, perceptions of the quality of foreign language instruction at the college, and other motivations for studying foreign languages. The study population consisted of a random sample of 50 students in 6 German and Spanish language classes at California's Chaffey Community College. Study findings, based on regression analyses run using "personal fulfillment" as the dependent variable, included the following: (1) fully 91.8% of students indicated that they were taking the foreign language class for personal fulfillment, compared to 54.1% taking it for travel, 31.1% for prestige, and another 31.1% for their major; (2) neither student gender nor ethnicity were found to be related to the personal fulfillment which any individual student had with the foreign language; (3) with respect to the quality of instruction, the teaching capability of the foreign language instructor was found to be strongly related students' fulfillment; and (4) job advancement as a motivation was found to be negatively related to personal fulfillment, while prestige as a motive was positively related. The survey instrument is appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: For the original study of student motivations, see ED 402 967.