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ERIC Number: EJ1081489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
The Motivation of L2 Learners: Does It Decrease with Age?
English Language Teaching, v3 n1 p128-141 Mar 2010
This study investigated the motivation of a heterogeneous group of students studying English as a foreign language at the International School in Tripoli area. The aim of the study was to find out the extent to which various factors affect students' motivation and achievement in second/foreign language learning particularly as they enter the senior high school. The research also looked into the temporal dimension of L2 motivation to see if the students' motivation changes as they enter the senior high school. One hundred and forty four students from thirty five nationalities learning English and five teachers participated in the completion of the questionnaire surveys. Twenty students and three teachers took part in the semi-structured interviews. Data were drawn from students' examination results and a combined quantitative-qualitative approach in which student and teacher questionnaire surveys were followed by a round of student and teacher interviews. The results of the "Student's Motivation Questionnaire" show that L2 motivation in the sample decreases with age: The results of one-way analyses of variance across the five age groups investigated show that the older learners tend to score significantly lower on the motivational scales and the interviews data gives further support to this finding. There are a number of influential factors that affect learners' motivation: in particular the role of the teacher was seen fundamental in determining the attitude to the language and in supplying motivation. Other external factors include aspects related to the learning context.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Second Language Learning, Age Differences, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Attitude Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt