Motivation in English as a Foreign Language Learning : A study of motivation toward English language learning in Stockholm´s upper secondary schools for adults (KOMVUX).

University essay from Högskolan i Halmstad/Akademin för lärande, humaniora och samhälle


This study investigates the levels and types of motivation among KOMVUX students at basic and upper secondary levels of English in the county of Stockholm. 95 adult learners of English completed a questionnaire in three municipalities of the county in November 2014, of which 93 were used in the results.

The results showed that the instrumental and integrative motivations of adult learners of English are concomitant. They also demonstrate there is no significant correlation between adult students´ level of English and their degree of socially oriented motivation. Differences among adult learners of English appear when extrinsic and intrinsic motivations are examined. The results demonstrate that attitudinal motivation varies according to age range and the number of languages spoken. The results of the present study have been investigated in the light of the particular status that English has in Sweden today. They conform to previous research studies that underline the importance of further investigation in attitudinal motivation in Second Language Acquisition.

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