Observing Perceptions of Successful Second Language Learners of their Sources of Motivation and their Learning Strategies

Publication Year:
2012
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Repository URL:
https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/etd/5580; https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6568&context=etd
Author(s):
Memar-Sadeghi, Mehrnaz
Publisher(s):
University of Windsor
Tags:
English; Language; Motivation; Multicultural; Pedagogy; Self-regulated
thesis / dissertation description
Previous research on motivation in second language learners has used teacher-centered theories to formulate ways to improve motivation through pedagogy. This current research explores the strategies that language learners use to keep themselves motivated during the task of learning a second language. Multiple methods are used including interviews, auto ethnography, Five Lenses, and writing as inquiry. Shared and unique learning strategies are found and are categorized under four major categories: media, culture, society, and academia. Some results support findings of previous research by Gardner and Dornyei. Themes that emerged include English imperialism, acculturation, second language identity, career enhancement, , social status, family dynamics (including gender), and the importance of environment in acquiring a second language.