Departmental Bulletin Paper Preliminary findings of L2 motivational changes in a short-term study abroad program

MORITANI, Hiroshi  ,  MANNING, Craig  ,  HENNEBERRY, Stephen

31pp.41 - 56 , 2016-03-09
This paper reports on a pilot study involving 15 university students who participated in a four-week study abroad program in Hawaii. It monitors students’ motivation to learn English before and after the program. Motivational changes were depicted within the framework of the L2 Motivational Self System (Dörnyei, 2005) and the related affective factors. The result showed the applicability of the L2 Motivational Self System to describe how L2 learning motivation changed. Change occurred to their ideal L2 self, L2 confidence, and integrativeness, while L2 anxiety showed no change. The paper concludes with pedagogical suggestions for how to maintain students’ ideal L2 self after short-term study abroad programs.

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