Kassim A. Shaaban (Ph.D., University of Texas) is Associate Professor of English at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
Student Motivation to Learn English as a Foreign Language
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2000 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 632–644, November 2000
How to Cite
Shaaban, K. A. and Ghaith, G. (2000), Student Motivation to Learn English as a Foreign Language. Foreign Language Annals, 33: 632–644. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2000.tb00932.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: This study examined the motivation of 180 university-bound Lebanese students to learn English as a foreign language (EFL). Data were gathered through administering a modified version of the motivation scale developed by Wen (1997). The findings revealed that integrative motivation, effort, valence, expectancy, and self-estimation of ability were internally related determinants of motivation for learning EFL. Instrumental motivation was found to be related to integrative motivation and valence only. The findings also revealed that female students were more motivated than their male counterparts. Similarly, level II proficiency students were more motivated than were level III students. However, the findings did not show a significant effect on motivation related to either students' first foreign language or university major.