AWEJ Volume.4 Number.4, 2013                                                                    Pp.183-201

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L2 Motivational Selves of Saudi Preparatory Year EFL Learners: A Quantitative Study


Hamid Ali Khan Eusafzai
English Language Centre, Colleges & Institutes Division,
Royal Commission, Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah
Saudi Arabia

The study examined the English language learning motivation of Saudi preparatory year EFL learners in higher education institutions in the western coastal city of Yanbu Al-Sinaiya in Saudi Arabia. The current study is significant as so far only one study, investigating the language learning motivational selves of Saudi students, exists.  The current study used Dornyei’s L2 Motivational Self System as a theoretical frame work. Data was collected through a questionnaire and subjected to principal component analysis (PCA) and regression analysis. PCA revealed seven salient components of motivation of the preparatory year students. Language learning environment and experience emerged as the strongest predictor of inducing English language learning effort.
Keywords:   Attitudes, EFL, L2 Motivational Self, language learning, motivation,


Eusafzai is in the field of English language teaching for nearly 14 years. He has initially taught
in his home country Pakistan, and later joined the English language teaching faculty of a higher
education institution in Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is working as Lecturer in Royal Commission
English Language Centre at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. His academic interests are classroom
dynamics, role of technology in language learning, professional development and teacher