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