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A Longitudinal Investigation of the Relationship between Motivation and Late Second Language Speech Learning in Classroom Settings

Saito, K; Dewaele, J-M; Hanzawa, K; (2017) A Longitudinal Investigation of the Relationship between Motivation and Late Second Language Speech Learning in Classroom Settings. Language and Speech , 60 (4) pp. 614-632. 10.1177/0023830916687793. Green open access

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Abstract

The current study set out to examine the role of learner motivation in second language (L2) speech learning in English-as-a-Foreign-Language classrooms. The motivational orientations of 40 first-year university Japanese students were surveyed via a tailored questionnaire and linked to their spontaneous speech development, elicited via a timed picture description task at the onset and end of one academic semester, in terms of perceived comprehensibility (i.e., ease of understanding) and accentedness (i.e., linguistic nativelikeness). Significant improvement in comprehensibility (but not accentedness) was found among certain individuals. These students likely showed a strong motivation to study English for their future career development as a vague and long-term goal, as well as a high degree of concern for improving comprehensibility, grammatical accuracy and complexity.

Type: Article
Title: A Longitudinal Investigation of the Relationship between Motivation and Late Second Language Speech Learning in Classroom Settings
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0023830916687793
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830916687793
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Second language speech, Comprehensibility, Accent, Motivation, Learner orientation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066017
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