Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1  March 2021                                               Pp.139-151
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.10

Full Paper PDF

 

Motivation toward English Language Learning among Students of Different Fields of Study:
A Case of Iraqi University Students
 

Raed Latif Ugla
Department of English Language
Al-Yarmouk University College, Baaqubq, Diyala, Iraq
Email: ali220497@gmail.com 

Received : 12/10/2020         Accepted: 1/11/2021                 Published :3/24/2021

 

Abstract:
This study aims at identifying motivation toward English language learning among students ofdifferent fields of study. More specifically, it tries to identify the two types of motivation (integrative/ instrumental) among those students and also the preferred activities used by them. This study is qualitative and quantitative, which uses two types of instruments: a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. In the survey, there are 150 responses collected from the participants who answered the questionnaire questions. In the interview, the researcher interviewed three participants. The results of this study show that the students of different fields of study were motivated instrumentally rather than integratively. Finally, the results also indicate that the participants identified different learning activities.
Keywords: Different fields of study, Iraqi students, learning English, motivation

Cite as: Ugla, R. L. (2021). Motivation toward English Language Learning among Students of Different Fields of Study:
A Case of Iraqi University Students.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (1) 139-151.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.10

References

Abdulrasoul, I. A.  (2012). Analyzing the Motivation of Iraqi Students for Joining Departments of English. Proceeding of the 1st conference at Kerbala University. Kerbala University: Al-Bahith Journal, 3(5), 607-625.

Albodakh, M. & Cinkara, E. (2017). The relationship between learner motivation and

Vocabulary Size: The Case of Iraqi EFL Classrooms. Arab World English Journal, 8(2), 279-292. DOI: 10.24093/awej/vol8no2.20

Al-Tamimi, A. & Shuib, M. (2009). Motivation and attitudes towards learning English: A

study of petroleum engineering undergraduates at Hadhramount University of Sciences and Technology. Online Journal of Language Studies, 9(2), 29-55.

Bao, D., Abdilah, H. & Chowdhury, R. (2012). EFL learners moving to an ESL context:

Motivating and demotivating factors in English language learning among Iraqis. The New English Teacher, 6(1), 125-144.

Binalet, C., & Guerra, J. (2014). A Study on the Relationship between Motivation and Language

Learning Achievement among Tertiary Students. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 3(5), 251-260.

Brown, H. D. (1994). Principles of language learning and teaching (3rd ed.). New Jersey:

Prentice-Hall Regents, Englewood Cliffs

Carreira, J. (2005). New framework of intrinsic/ extrinsic and integrative/instrumental motivation in

second language acquisition. The Keiai Journal of International Studies, 16, 39-64.

Ellis, R. (1994). The study of second language acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gardner, R. (1985). Social psychology and second language learning: The role of attitudes

and motivation. London. Edward Arnold.

Gardner, R. C. (2007). Motivation and second language acquisition. Porta Linguarum, 8, 9 –

Gardner, R. & Lambert, W. (1959). Motivational variables in second-language

acquisition. Canadian Journal of Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie, 13(4), 266–272.

Horwitz, E. (1990). Attending to the affective domain in the foreign language classroom: Shifting the

instructional focus to the learner. Middlebury, VT: Northeast Conference of foreign language teachers.

Hussein, S. B. & Al Bajalani, F. R. (2019). The role of motivation in developing autonomy

among university EFL students in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Students’ Attitudes. Journal of Garmian University, 6(1), 277-296. DOI: 10.24271/garmian.616

Jefiza, A. (2012). Students’ motivation and attitudes toward learning English in an English course in Bandung. Indonesia University of Education.

Kumar, M. (2005). Modern teaching of educational psychology. Anmol Publications Pvt Ltd.

Lambert, W. (1963). Psychological approaches to the study of language. Part II: On the second

language learning and bilingualism. The Modern Language Journal, 47(3), 114-121.

McDonough, S. (1983). Psychology in foreign language teaching. In A George Allen & Unwin:

London.

Mohd Redzuan, N., Buda, A., & Abdullah, N. (2014). English  language learning: A survey of

motivation and preferred activities among engineering students in Polytechnic Kuching Sarawak. Journal of Techno Social5(2), 78-87.

Qin, X. (2012). A comparative study of activity preferences of learners and teachers in college

English Teaching and Its Implications for Curriculum Design. International Journal of English Linguistics, 2(6), 40-49.

Vaezi, Z. (2009). Language learning in motivation among Iranian undergraduates students.

World Applied Sciences Journal, 5(1), 54-61.

Wimolmas, R. (2013). A survey study of motivation in English language learning of first-year

undergraduate students at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching 2013 (FLLT 2013), “Research, Renovation and Reinforcement: Enhancing Quality in Language Education”, Bangkok, Thailand.

Wong, Y. (2011). A study of instrumental and integrative motivations as factors influencing

UTAR third-year Chinese undergraduates in learning ESL (Unpublished Doctoral dissertation). Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved from http://eprints.utar.edu.my/266/1/EL-2011-0804353-1.pdf [Google Scholar]

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on tumblr
Tumblr
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Share on stumbleupon
StumbleUpon
Share on digg
Digg
Received: 12/10/2020
Accepted: 1/11/2021
Published: 3/24/2021   
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.10 
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on tumblr
Share on digg
Share on email
Share on reddit
Share on stumbleupon
Share on vk

Dr. Raed Latif Ugla holds B.C. degree in English Language from College of Basic Education/ University of Diyala. He also holds M.Ed. and Ph.D. in TESOL from School of Educational Studies, University of Science of Malaysia (USM). His areas of interest are communication strategies, English language teaching and learning, speaking, and motivation. He is currently working as head of English Language Department at Al-Yarmouk University College.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8468-3747