ERIC Number: EJ853132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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The Language Learning Motivation of Early Adolescent French Immersion Graduates
Wesely, Pamela M.
Foreign Language Annals, v42 n2 p270-286 Sum 2009
This interpretive multiple case study examines the motivation to learn a second language among sixth grade students who attended a French immersion school for grades K-5. Parent surveys, student surveys based on Gardner's Attitude/Motivation Test Battery, and individual and group interviews with students were the data sources used to identify students' second language (L2) learning motivating factors. Survey data indicated that the students shared home background characteristics and had high motivation and similar motivational orientations. Cross-case theme analyses of interviews suggested that, although students appeared to be motivated by both instrumental and integrative factors, relationships with teachers and peers were also influential. Consideration of individual cases indicated that other theories in motivation and second language acquisition could shed more light on L2 learning motivation.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Student Surveys, Early Adolescents, Learning Motivation, Grade 6, French, Immersion Programs, Case Studies, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6
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