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ERIC Number: EJ1013573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1221
Fostering Integrative Motivation among Introductory-Level German Students through a Language Partners Program
Shaver, Annis N.
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v45 n1 p67-73 Spr 2012
Many students enroll in language classes with the instrumentally motivated goal of satisfying a requirement. This article argues that instructors can influence students' motivation toward more integrative motivation by helping them make connections with the language community. The "Language Partner" program established for a small German program has proven to be successful in moving the motivation of beginning German students in the direction of integrative motivation. Regularly-scheduled sessions with German speakers give students an opportunity to experience and manipulate the language in authentic contexts. The results of a survey are presented which point toward the success of the program and confirm the benefits for students. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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