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ERIC Number: EJ916807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1300-5340
Exploring Motivational Constructs in Foreign Language Reading
Erten, Ismail Hakki; Zehir Topkaya, Ece; Karakas, Muge
Hacettepe University Journal of Education, v39 p185-196 2010
This article introduces an instrument that has been developed to explore motivation and attitudes of students towards reading in a foreign language (FL). To develop the instrument, initially 123 students were asked a set of qualitative questions to determine their affective reactions to reading in a FL. A content analysis of emergent data yielded an initial 51-item scale. This scale was administered to 443 FL students at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey. A factor analysis revealed four factors accounting for 58.70% of variance in students' attitudes and motivation towards reading in a FL. These were named as "intrinsic value of reading", "extrinsic utility value of reading", "reading efficacy", and "foreign language linguistic utility". The factorial constructs generally overlapped with current theories of reading motivation in the mother tongue with an extra element indicating that reading in a FL is viewed as a linguistic resource for developing language proficiency by foreign language learners. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey