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Integrative motivation in a globalizing world

Lamb, M. (2004) Integrative motivation in a globalizing world. System, 32 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 0346-251X

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Abstract

This article reports on research into the motivation of Indonesian children aged 11–12 years old, as they begin formal study of English in an urban junior high school. The research used closed and open questionnaire items, backed up by class observations and interviews with a selected group of learners. Very high levels of motivation to learn the language were found throughout the cohort, including both integrative and instrumental orientations, but these two traditionally distinct constructs were found to be almost indistinguishable. The article argues that as English loses its association with particular Anglophone cultures and is instead identified with the powerful forces of globalization, the desire to ‘integrate’ loses its explanatory power in many EFL contexts. Individuals may aspire towards a ‘bicultural’ identity which incorporates an English-speaking globally-involved version of themselves in addition to their local L1-speaking self. It is speculated that changes in individuals' motivation to learn the language may therefore be partly explained by reference to ongoing processes of identification, especially during the formative years of adolescence.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. This is an author produced, peer-reviewed version of a paper published in 'System'.
Keywords: motivation, identity, psychology and language learning, Asian students, culture, learner behaviour
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Education (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 15:01
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2003.04.002
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.system.2003.04.002
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1655

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