The Attitudes and Motivation of Swedish Upper Secondary School Students towards Learning English as a Second-Language

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title The Attitudes and Motivation of Swedish Upper Secondary School Students towards Learning English as a Second-Language
Author Saleem, Jahangir
Date 2014
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This research paper examines Swedish students’ attitudes and motivation towards English education in two upper secondary schools, using Dörnyei’s (2005) L2 motivational self system. Of interest is whether theoretical and vocational students have motivational differences when it comes to learning English as a second language. A quantitative questionnaire was compiled using the instrument variables from previous studies of L2 motivation, and question items, which were “re-theorized” for this particular study. 58 students participated, of which 30 were theoretical students and 28 vocational students. Results were then analyzed across three dimensions of L2 motivation: ideal L2 self, ought to L2 self, and L2 learning experience. Findings revealed that, on average, both groups were motivated to learn English as a second language, but that there is an apparent difference between theoretical and vocational students’ attitudes towards learning an L2: the theoretical students’ data showed that they have stronger influence than vocational students in the ideal l2 self, integrative/integrativeness, instrumentality-promotion, attitudes to l2 community, ought-to l2 self, instrumentality-prevention, family influence, attitudes to learning English, and criterion measures.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 59
Language eng (iso)
Subject L2 motivation, L2 motivational self system, ideal L2 self, ought-to L2 self, L2 learning experience, ESL/EFL, theoretical and vocational programs.
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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