Motivation and attitudes for language learning of two groups of university students: Future teachers of foreign languages and future nurses and physical therapists

Elisabet Saravia, Mercè Bernaus

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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation is to analyse motivation and attitudes, towards languages in a multilingual context. It draws on a study of 178 language students in two universities one on the field of Teaching Education and the other one in the field of Health Care. A multiple-choice questionnaire was created to gather the data. It included among others some items on Attitudes and Motivation toward learning Spanish, Catalan, English and French. The students' self-assessment on those 4 languages was correlated with their answers related to attitudes and motivation toward those languages. Besides, ANOVAs were run to analyse the variability between and among different groups of students. The results supported the findings reported by other studies, showing a close relationship between attitudes, motivation and language achievement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-184
JournalPorta Linguarum
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Language learning
  • Motivation
  • Multilinguism

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