Language Learning Factors

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Introduction Gardner and Lambert (1972) established a question “How is it that some people can learn a foreign language quickly and expertly while others, given the same opportunities to learn, are utter failures?” (p. 1). The toughness of learning another language can not be the main reason because some students develop their skills easily while others who have the same pedagogic program show little development (Gardner & Lambert, 1972). Teachers and students use the term ‘motivation’ to explain any success or failure in L2 learning; it is the main encouragement to initiate learning of L2 and directing force to continue the learning procedure (Dornyei & Csizer, 1998). Many factors are involved to learn a foreign language successfully but…show more content…
Further, motivation is important during language learning because it is a learner's variable that affects language learning. (Dornyei, 2005) states that Motivation has a great influence on language learning. Students’ success in their language learning depends on their individual differences although they take the same lesson of language learning. Teachers should consider these variables which affect students’ success and the teacher should be aware of the learners' knowledge of learning and also learners' needs and provide enough motivation for learners to require language…show more content…
Most of them believe that without motivated students in class it is inevitable to have high failure rates. Dornyei (2005) also states that even if a learner has the best abilities, he can not achieve long term goals without an adequate amount of motivation. He believes that neither suitable nor good teaching alone is sufficient to guarantee that the individual will be succeeded. Language teachers have to start to enhance student’s motivation and increase their language achievement. So they need to be informed about what aspects of motivation can be handled. The present study attempts to measure the level of self determined motivation of students and its influence on L2 achievement. 1.3. Research questions The present study is going to examine the relation between Afghan EFL university students' self determination and motivation and their academic achievement. Therefore the research questions of the study will be: 1. Is there any significant relationship between EFL university students' self determination and their motivation? 2. Is there any significant difference in correlation between EFL university students' self determination and their intrinsic motivation on the one hand, and extrinsic motivation on the other? 3. Is there any significant relationship between EFL university students' self determination and their academic achievement? 1.4. Research
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