UK language learner motivation in the age of Global English:
what motivation is left?
Department of Language & Linguistics, Newcastle University.
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Investigating motivation for language learning in British students, this study offers a rare insight into language learner motivation, comparing motivations in British University students who study languages either ‘on campus’ or as distance learners. Results reveal significant differences in the two student cohorts in several respects, including self image as a language learner and instrumental motivation, as well as background differences relating to amount of target language exposure and contact. Results are evaluated within the currently dominant model of learner motivation and Self Determination Theory). Implications for language learning and teaching in the UK and future research directions in language learning motivation are discussed.
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