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Motivation and attitudes towards learning english

  1. 1. Motivation And Attitudes Towards Learning English: A Study Of Petroleum Engineering Undergraduates At Hadhramout University Of Sciences And Technology 1 Presenter: Yang, Hao-Ting (Tim) Instructor: Dr. Pi-Ying Hsu Date:2013.10.7
  2. 2. 2 Citation Al-Tamimi, A., & Shuib, M. (2009). Motivation and attitudes towards learning English: A study of petroleum engineering undergraduates at Hadhramout University of Sciences and Technology. GEMA: Online Journal of Language Studies, 9(2), 29-55.
  3. 3. 3 Introduction Literature Review Methodology Results & Conclusion Reflection Future Study
  4. 4. 4 Introduction
  5. 5. 5 Hadhramout University for Science and Technology (HUST) its petroleum engineering students have been described as low-competent in the English language. Background Most of the petroleum graduates have been rejected when applying to work at the oil companies.
  6. 6. 6 Purpose of study This study aims at investigating petroleum engineering students’ motivation and attitudes towards learning the English language.
  7. 7. 7 Research Question Which are the three types of motivation (instrumental, integrative and personal) could be the primary source of petroleum engineering students’ motivation towards learning the English language? What kind of type of attitude that petroleum engineering students have towards learning the English language?
  8. 8. 8 Literature Review
  9. 9. 9 The choices people make as to what experiences or goals they will approach or avoid, and the degree of effort they exert in that respect. (Keller, 1983) Motivation Students with higher levels of motivation will do better than students with lower levels. (Gardner, 2006)
  10. 10. 10 An inference which is made on the basis of a complex of beliefs about the attitude object. (Likert, 1932) Attitudes Positive language attitudes let learner have positive orientation towards learning English. (Karahan, 2007)
  11. 11. 11 Difficulties with the subject (English) aspects such as vocabulary, structures and spelling were found to be the most demotivating factors for the students. (Oashoa, 2006) Latest idea
  12. 12. 12 Methodology
  13. 13. Participants 13 81 males Academic year 2006-2007 HUST (Hadhramout University of Sciences and Technology)
  14. 14. Instruments 14
  15. 15. Data Analysis 15 Quantitative •Descriptive statistics Qualitative •Content analysis method
  16. 16. 16 Results & Conclusion
  17. 17. 17 Which are the three types of motivation (instrumental, integrative and personal) could be the primary source of petroleum engineering students’ motivation towards learning the English language?
  18. 18. Questionnaire result 18 Instrumental motivation (items 1, 2, 3, and 4) received the highest mean scores, of all the subjects' results, (overall mean=4.5000)
  19. 19. Interview result 19 Instrumental reasons were considered the primary source of the students’ motivation towards learning the English language.
  20. 20. 20 What kind of type of attitude that petroleum engineering students have towards learning the English language?
  21. 21. Questionnaire result 21 The majority of the subjects (95%) had great desires towards speaking English well like fluent speakers.
  22. 22. Interview result 22 The students have positive attitudes towards learning the English language and negative attitudes toward the culture of the English speaking world.
  23. 23. 23 Conclusion Instrument motivation was the primary motivation. Integration reasons had the least impact in students’ English motivation. Positive attitudes toward: The English language The use of English in the Yemeni social context The use of English in the Yemeni educational context The culture of the English speaking world as represented by English-language films
  24. 24. Reflection 24
  25. 25. 25 All the participated subjects (n=81) were males as there were no female students in the department. Therefore, the generalization from the findings should be made with caution.
  26. 26. 26 Future Study
  27. 27. 27 Questionnaire Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (AMTB) (Gardner,1985) Participants Around 35 students in workplace English class Data Analysis Descriptive statistics Strongly Disagree Moderately Disagree Slightly Disagree Slightly Agree Moderately Agree Strongly Agree I wish I could speak many foreign languages perfectly. I don’t pay much attention to the feedback I receive in my English class. Learning English is really great.
  28. 28. 28 Participants Around 5 students in workplace English class Data Analysis Content analysis method 1. Their reasons for learning English 2. Their interest to attend more training courses in English 3. Their attitudes towards the English language and towards the culture of the English speaking world
  29. 29. THANK YOU! 29

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