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ERIC Number: EJ1135055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2083-5205
Successful Language Learning in a Corporate Setting: The Role of Attribution Theory and Its Relation to Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
Kálmán, Csaba; Eugenio, Esther Gutierrez
Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, v5 n4 p583-608 2015
Attribution theory (Weiner, 1985) and self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985) have been explored as contributors to L2 motivation (cf. Dörnyei, 2001) but have never been studied quantitatively in concert. In addition, students' attributions for success in learning a foreign language have never been measured through the use of a questionnaire. The aim of this paper is therefore (a) to develop a questionnaire with reliable constructs that allows to measure adult learners' attributions for their success in learning English in a corporate setting, (b) to investigate these learners' attributions, and (c) to investigate the relationship between students' attributions and the constructs of Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation central to self-determination theory. Our main results show that among the attributions measured, "interest," "effort" and "corporate culture" seemed to be the main causes that students recognised as directly involved in their success in learning English. Of all the attributional scales, "interest" and "ability" appeared to importantly contribute to "intrinsic motivation," while "corporate culture," "encounters with foreign professionals" and "ability" contributed to a lower extent to "extrinsic motivation." It must be noted, however, that attributions for success to "teacher" and "task" were so consistently high that they could not be reliably measured with the questionnaire.
Adam Mickiewicz University Department of English Studies. Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Ul. Nowy Swiat 28-30, 62-800 Kailsz, Poland. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary
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