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Motivation towards learning English : a comparative study of science and engineering undergraduates in Pakistan

Insaf Ali Siming, Insaf Ali Siming and M. Anthony, Elizabeth and Ahmed Channa, Mansoor (2015) Motivation towards learning English : a comparative study of science and engineering undergraduates in Pakistan. In: Prosiding Persidangan Antarabangsa Kelestarian Insan Kali Ke-2 2015, 19-20 October 2015, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

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Abstract

Motivation is a very complex phenomenon with many facets. According to Dornyei (2001), it is a psychological and absurd term which is not directly observable. Gardner, (2005) suggests that students with higher levels of motivation do better than students with lower levels of motivation. Studies of second language learners often refer to the distinction of instrumental verses integrative motivation. Thus, the present study was undertaken to identify the most dominating type of motivation among the science and engineering undergraduates towards learning English in Pakistan. The paper outlines the investigation results of two groups of students &om two faculties, who study English as compulsory subject in their first year of undergraduate degree program at Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology in Pakistan. A mixed method of both qualitative and quantitative approaches was used to seek answers to the research question. A modified questionnaire based on Robert Gardner's Attitude Motivation Test Battery and three stage model of Dornyei was used besides a semi-structured interview. The results drawn from the data were very interesting. Pakistan students are both instrumentally and integratively motivated but instrumental motivation is mildly dominant over integrative

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: motivation; instrumental; integrative; attitude test motivation battery
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF501-505 Motivation
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Science and Technology > Department of Language and Communication
Depositing User: Mrs. Nurhayati Ali
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2016 07:44
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2016 07:44
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/7395
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