n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Motivational factors that impact English language learning in an Arab model school, Jordan : an empirical investigation

Volume 4, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Motivation is one of the key factors impacting successful English language learning in EFL settings. In order that language is acquired effectively by learners, it is essential that factors that motivate language learning be identified. In Jordan, mastering the English language has become a critical issue as students need to pass , the university entrance English test before furthering their studies at the tertiary level which will secure them a professional job and high status in society in the future. Hence, this study investigates the factors that motivate high school Jordanian students to learn English in an Arab Model School. The research design adopted was mixed-methods approach. The sample comprised 80 10th grade students. The socio-educational model by Gardner (1985) was used as the theoretical framework for this study. A questionnaire adapted from Gardner's (1985) Attitude/Motivation Test Battery was used to elicit information on motivational factors that influenced students' learning of English. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the data. Interviews were also conducted with 10 students selected from the sample to gain in-depth insights into the above-mentioned motivating factors. The findings of the study depicted four factors in descending order of importance: parental encouragement, social factor, desire to learn English, and teacher's style. The findings were significant in providing information to the relevant authorities so that efforts can be taken as appropriate to motivate students to acquire the English language effectively for their educational and professional benefits in the future.

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