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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: In Their Own Words: What ESL Students Write about Language Learning Motivation
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Author: Lane Igoudin
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Homepage: http://faculty.lacitycollege.edu/igoudial
Institution: Los Angeles City College
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Few motivation studies to date have been qualitative; none so far have focused exclusively on the students' own accounts of their motivation for taking and staying in ESL courses. Yet much can be learned about what drives adult language learners to engage in formal academic activities, especially at a post-survival, advanced level. Using a group writing analysis method (rarely used in applied linguistics), this study examined 71 essays written on the topic of motivation for language learning in advanced writing courses at 3 community colleges. While some traditionally investigated motives like instrumental benefits, integrative aspirations, and communication needs were well represented, others, less researched, in particular, affective filter, came to the fore. In addition, student beliefs about self-efficacy, awareness of progress in L2 learning, and classroom socialization contributed to adult student motivation for L2 learning. Students also recognized the connection between learning ESL and acquiring specific academic skills needed for degree-earning classes.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Venue: Presented at CATESOL 2009, Pasadena, Calif.
Publication Info: Unpublished
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