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Modelling the role of inter-cultural contact in the motivation of learning English as a foreign language.

Csizér, Kata and Kormos, Judit (2009) Modelling the role of inter-cultural contact in the motivation of learning English as a foreign language. Applied Linguistics, 30 (2). pp. 166-185. ISSN 1477-450X

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    Abstract

    The research reported in this paper explores the effect of direct and indirect cross-cultural contact on Hungarian school children's attitudes and motivated behaviour by means of structural equation modelling. Our data are based on a national representative survey of 1,777 13/14-year-old learners of English and German in Hungary; 237 of the students learning English with the highest level of inter-cultural contact were selected for analysis. Our model indicates that for our participants, motivated behaviour is determined not only by language-related attitudes but also by the views the students hold about the perceived importance of contact with foreigners. The results of our study also reveal that the perceived importance of contact was not related to students’ direct contact experiences with target language speakers but was influenced by the students’ milieu and indirect contact. Among the contact variables, it was only contact through media products that had an important position in our model, whereas direct contact with L2 speakers played an insignificant role in affecting motivated behaviour and attitudes.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Applied Linguistics
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Applied Linguistics following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Csizer & Kormos Modelling the role of inter-cultural contact in the motivation of learning English as a foreign language Applied Linguistics 2009 30:2 166-185 is available online at: http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/30/2/166
    Uncontrolled Keywords: motivation ; language learning ; attitudes ; inter-cultural contact
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 27198
    Deposited By: Dr Judit Kormos
    Deposited On: 08 Oct 2009 08:57
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:40
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27198

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