Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.8 Number.1 March, 2017                Pp, 165-178 
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no1.12                                                                                                                                                      

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The Effects of Motivation and Other Factors on Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study on Achieving Advanced Oral Proficiency in English

 

Rose Fowler Al-Hawamdeh
Department of English Language and Literature 
 Faculty of Foreign Languages, The University of Jordan 
 Amman, Jordan

Rajai Al-Khanji
Department of English Language and Literature 
 Faculty of Foreign Languages, The University of Jordan 
 Amman, Jordan

 

 

Abstract:
This paper is based on a case study of Raya, a Palestinian Arab undergraduate student, at the University of Jordan, who has achieved level B1 according to The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in listening and reading comprehension (‘accomplished’) and CEFR level B2 (‘superior’) in language form and meaning in English according to the TOEFL Junior Exam. Based on multiple data sources (i.e. interviews, observation, questionnaires and document analysis), the study aims to highlight how Raya's multiple identities as a language learner, avid film watcher, YouTube user and online gamer, and a (non) member of a target language community have contributed to her oral proficiency in English. The study also aims to emphasize some personal attributes that Raya has as a language learner in order to uncover the factors which have assisted or hampered her acquisition of English. The main finding of the case study is that Raya's English language proficiency has been enriched because of two overriding factors: firstly, integrative motivation (i.e. her love of English) highlighted through her immersion in the target language by her online identity, films and social interaction; and, secondly, instrumental motivation (i.e. using the language as a means to academic and professional advancement) in the sense she realized English was a way of helping her to achieve her goal of leaving her hometown and studying abroad. It is hoped that this study will inspire and inform both language learners and educators alike, as to some of the steps to success in acquiring proficiency in English or any other language.
Key Words: advanced speaker, integrative motivation, instrumental motivation, learning styles,                       second language acquisition 

Cite as: Fowler Al-Hawamdeh, R. Al-Khanji, R. (2017). The Effects of Motivation and Other Factors on Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study on Achieving Advanced Oral Proficiency in English. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).  

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no1.12