ERIC Number: ED479388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-22
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A Cross-Cultural Study of the Motivation of Students Learning a Second Language.
Benjamin, Jane; Chen, Yih-Lan E.
This study examined the underlying factor structure of the Motivation Orientation Scale (MOS), determining its degree of consistency across two distinct cultures and identifying variables affecting students' motivation in learning a second language. The study investigated how intention theory with its three motivation orientations, and Gardner's instrumental-integrative model, could cross different cultures in the area of second language learning. Participants were 584 college freshmen from three Taiwanese universities and students enrolled in Spanish classes at a rural Pennsylvania university. Taiwanese students completed the MOS for English as a Foreign Language (EFL), while U.S. students completed the MOS for Spanish as a Second Language (SSL). Results indicated that Taiwanese students had different motivation for learning EFL than did U.S. students learning SSL. The results suggest that the MOS should be revised in order to better fit respondents' cultural backgrounds. The MOS is appended. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan