English Learning Motivation

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An examination of Saudi students’ motivation to learn English and its relationship with their performance. By Reem Rashed Alharby A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of a master in TESOL UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Table of Content: 1. Introduction: 1.1. Context of the study. 1.2. Statement of the problem. 1.3. Research Questions. 1.4. Limitation of the study. 1.5. Organization of the study. 2. Literature Review: 2.1. Language learning motivation theories: 2.1.1. Gardner's socioeducational model . 2.1.2. The cognitive psychological theories: a. The Self Determination Theory b. the attribution theory a. the goal theory 2.2. Previous studies on Second Language Learning Motivation in Saudi Context. 3. Research…show more content…
Introduction to the Study 1.1. The context of the study Founded in 1932 by King Abdulaziz bin Saud, the modern-day Saudi Arabia is fairly a young nation. When the country was established, education was only accessible in a limited number of Quraanic schools in the major areas. At present, the educational system in Saudi Arabia has 24 government universities and over 25,000 schools and a large number of institutions and vocational colleges (Elyas and Picard, 2010). 1.2. English in Saudi education English has become a core subject in the Saudi educational system since the beginning of government education in the country. It has been introduced into education in 1928, a few years after the establishment of the Directorate of Education in 1923 (Al-Seghayer, 2011) . English is taught in government schools starting from the fourth grade in the primary stage. In the intermediate and the secondary stages, English is taught in all years with an average of about six hours per week. In the tertiary and vocational education, English is given more prominence as it is an integral subject in the preparatory year of many universities. English is taught by non-native speakers, the majority are Saudi teachers who have graduated from Saudi institutions as well as some foreigner teachers from other Arab countries such as Egypt and Sudan (Alrasheed,…show more content…
Then, the translated questionnaire was reviewed by an assistant professor in Linguistics at the department of European languages at King Abdulaziz university. 3.6.The study sample A sample is “a portion or subset of a larger group called a population” (Fink, 2003, p. 1). The population is the larger group. The sample is a fraction of that larger group. The sample for this study consists of students from the faculty of mass communication at king Abdul-Aziz university for the academic year 2015, summer term. The sample consisted of 84 students. Of those students, 32 were female students and 52 were male students. 3.7. Ethical issues It is important to ensure the study ethics especially when the respondents are humans. To ensure the ethicality of the current study, an approval to conduct the study was sought from the researcher institution (the University of Leicester) and from King Abdul Aziz University (as the study will be conducted there). Moreover, the questionnaire contained a cover letter that provided a description of the study. Further, the students were informed of their right to participate or not in the study. They were also ensured of the confidentiality of their identities and any information they
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