Original article | International Journal of Language and Education Research 2020, Vol. 2(1) 48-66
pp. 48 - 66 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/ijler.2020.235.4 | Manu. Number: MANU-2003-19-0005
Published online: February 15, 2020 | Number of Views: 68 | Number of Download: 304
The present study was predicated upon two main objectives. The first was to explore the L2 Motivational Self System of Islamic Studies students. This undertaking consisted in measuring the impact of the ‘ideal L2 self’, the ‘ought-to L2 self’ and the ‘L2 learning experience’ variables on their ‘intended effort’ to learn English. As a second objective, the study purported to elicit the views of these participants on the importance of learning the language, account being taken of their motivational behavior qua Islamic studies students. A thirty-six-item questionnaire was administered to forty-four male and female students at Dar El Hadith El Hassania (DHH) in Rabat, Morocco. This instrument was complemented with an interview with four students in order to infer their perceptions as to their overall English language learning motivation. Results from the regression measure run showed that attitude towards learning — operationalized herein as a key exponent of the L2 learning experience— and the ideal L2 self were predictors of intended effort among these learners. Analysis of the interview responses also corroborated the foregoing statistical finding.
Keywords: English in education, Dar El Hadith El Hassania, L2 Motivational Self System, intended effort, attitudes.
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