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Sticking with Spanish: Reasons for Study and Motivation Maintenance in Adult Beginner Distance Language Learners

Furnborough, Concha and Coleman, James A. (2014). Sticking with Spanish: Reasons for Study and Motivation Maintenance in Adult Beginner Distance Language Learners. EURODL (European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning), 17(2) pp. 40–59.

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Abstract

This paper examines the reasons for study of adult beginner distance learners of Spanish and the relationships between those reasons and motivation maintenance. A survey of 563 Open University UK students found motivational orientations distinct from those of young people in earlier studies. Adult learners who maintained their motivation also demonstrated a greater number of reasons for study. Their motivation embraced intrinsic and extrinsic, integrative and instrumental orientations, short-term and long-term ambitions, and an L2 self both ideal and realistically attainable. During their course module they focused more consistently than others on the language skills they had targeted, and expressed increased enjoyment of the learning experience. This study suggests that achieving ‘softer’ short-term goals encourages persistence towards longer-term goals which reflect the ideal L2 self.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 EDEN
ISSN: 1027-5207
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 40898
Depositing User: Concha Furnborough
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 14:25
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40898
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