Motivation and the L2 self: a case study of English secondary learners in multilingual Mauritius

Syed, Mohammad Nooruddine (2016) Motivation and the L2 self: a case study of English secondary learners in multilingual Mauritius. Research Journal of the University of Mauritius, 22 .

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Abstract

Drawing on Dornyei’s ‘L2 Motivational Self System’ (2009), this article explores English language learning motivation among adolescent students in a secondary school in Mauritius. A mixed-methods approach, with the qualitative method being dominant, was used to fill in the gap of research pertaining to English language teaching and learning in Mauritius. Analysis of the findings reveals that there appears to be no major differences with regard to motivational factors among Form 4, Form 5, Lower and Upper 6 students. The learners’ robust ideal L2 selves mediate and reinforce the subtleties and complexities of English language learning motivation. Teasing out the linguistic and sociocultural particularities of Mauritius, I argue that motivation is characterised by a complex web of interrelated factors impacting on the students’ learning experiences.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Research Journal of the University of Mauritius
Publisher: University of Mauritius
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Initial Teacher Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Research
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:05
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2017 17:21
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2076

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