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ERIC Number: EJ803944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Integrative Motivation in a Globalizing World
Lamb, Martin
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v32 n1 p3-19 Mar 2004
This article reports on research into the motivation of Indonesian children aged 11-12 years old, as they begin formal study of English in an urban junior high school. The research used closed and open questionnaire items, backed up by class observations and interviews with a selected group of learners. Very high levels of motivation to learn the language were found throughout the cohort, including both integrative and instrumental orientations, but these two traditionally distinct constructs were found to be almost indistinguishable. The article argues that as English loses its association with particular Anglophone cultures and is instead identified with the powerful forces of globalization, the desire to "integrate" loses its explanatory power in many EFL contexts. Individuals may aspire towards a "bicultural" identity which incorporates an English-speaking globally-involved version of themselves in addition to their local L1-speaking self. It is speculated that changes in individuals' motivation to learn the language may therefore be partly explained by reference to ongoing processes of identification, especially during the formative years of adolescence. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia