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Schmidt, Gabriele – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2014
For the last ten years, language learning motivation research has focussed on how learners see knowledge of a language as part of their identity. This article presents the findings of a qualitative interview study that investigated whether personal growth is also a strong element in the motivation of Australian university students to learn German.…
Descriptors: Individual Development, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Maad, Mohamed Ridha Ben – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
This paper reports on a study which highlighted goal orientation as an approachable individual difference (ID) variable which may further our understanding of foreign/second language learning experience. The study sought to (i) gauge the extent of goal orientation in foreign language learners' profile and (ii) examine how goal orientation affects…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Goal Orientation, Individual Differences, Learning Experience
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Bordia, Sarbari; Wales, Lynn; Pittam, Jeffery; Gallois, Cindy – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2006
Most practitioners teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) will agree that students come with some expectations about course content and teaching methodology and that these expectations play a vital role in student motivation and learning. However, the study of student expectations has been a surprising omission from Second…
Descriptors: Expectation, Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Course Content
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Strambi, Antonella – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2004
This article presents the results of a longitudinal study on the perceptions of a Web-enhanced learning environment by a group of beginning-level students of Italian. A Website was specially designed and implemented as a complement to the existing syllabus, in order to enhance interactivity, variety, and authenticity of materials and tasks, as…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Computers, Educational Technology, Educational Environment
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Keuneman, Katrine Pilcher; Sagona, Sylvia – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1992
Motivation to study French was examined among first-year students using an extrinsic/intrinsic dichotomy approach to classify motivations. Students were found to be motivated by a wide variety of reasons, with personal or intrinsic reasons dominating. (Contains five references.) (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Applied Linguistics, Foreign Countries, French