Motivation in Second Language Learning

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Keeley Alvarez LG227: Second Language Learning Assignment 2: Motivation and L2 Learning
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1. Introduction The first part of this essay will discuss the definition of ‘motivation,’ according to second language learning, delving into the issues in relation to the subject as well as highlighting motivational strategies and techniques. I will research into two studies based on motivation and L2 learning and discuss these in reference to their proposed theories, their research approach, methods and evidence. I will then analyse a set of Diary data, discussing the motivation of the L2 learner, before considering how my
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Moreover, the category, ‘Attitudes toward the Learning Situation’ includes the learners’ outlook towards aspects of the situation in which the language is being learned. For example in a school environment, these certain aspects may include; the teacher, the course books and fellow classmates, all of which could create a significant impact on the learners’ attitudes. For instance if a language teacher is unhelpful towards a student or if the course materials are uninteresting, this would reflect negatively in the learners’ attitudes towards the learning situation. Language Acquisition Contexts can be broken down into ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ learning situations. A formal context would involve the students receiving instruction, for example in a typical classroom set up, with a teacher directing the learners. In this learning situation, motivation (and language aptitude) influences the development of the learner in this particular language context. Contrastingly, informal language context would refer to any other learning that the student may incur away from the formal language context. This may include watching films, listening to the radio, attending language groups, reading books and any other way of having contact with the language without a formal instruction. Motivation is expected to have an influence on this learning context, as the learners’ type of motivation would affect whether the learner would even choose to take
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