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The relationship of inter-cultural contact and language learning motivation among Hungarian students of English and German.

Csizér, K. and Kormos, Judit (2008) The relationship of inter-cultural contact and language learning motivation among Hungarian students of English and German. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 29 (1). pp. 30-48. ISSN 0143-4632

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    Abstract

    In this paper we report the results of a questionnaire survey conducted with 1777 Hungarian primary school children aged between 13 and 14 studying English and German. In our research we investigated the differences in the motivational and intercultural contact measures as well as determinants of motivated behaviour between learners of English and German. Our results indicate that students of English have a more positive attitude towards the native speakers of the language they study than learners of German, and children who study English have higher levels of linguistic self-confidence, invest more energy into language learning and receive more support from their environment than students of German. Our findings also reveal that learners of English experience more frequent direct written contact and contact through media products than learners of German. For both groups of language learners the results indicate that students with high levels of motivational intensity engage in various types of intercultural contact more frequently than students who invest less energy into language learning. Our findings seem to suggest that it is motivational intensity rather than the language being studied that affects what factors predict how much energy students are willing to invest in language learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 29 (1), 2008, © Multilingual Matters.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: language learning motivation ; intercultural contact ; motivated behaviour ; language-related attitudes ; linguistic self-confidence ; ethnolinguistic vitality
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 1759
    Deposited By: Dr Judit Kormos
    Deposited On: 22 Feb 2008 09:43
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:16
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1759

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