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Harnessing motivation: A study into Swedish English students' motivation for engaging with English in and out of school
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explores the motivation that students in Swedish upper secondary school have for engaging with, and learning, English both in and out of school to find out if there is a gap between them and find a way to possibly bridge this gap if it exists. Students’ motivation has been described as important for their learning and motivation and its effects have been studied in several ways. A study with focus on how informal learning and out of school (extramural) English improve students’ English proficiency have been conducted by Sundqvist (2010) and Socket (2013). The effect of schools, and teachers in particular, on students’ motivation in school or during class has been studied by Sundqvist (2015), Bernaus and Gardner (2008) and Ushida (2005), while a study on what actually motivates students was done by Saeed and Zyngier (2012).

This study is conducted through group interviews with four focus groups made up of three students each which come from two different upper secondary schools in Sweden. The results of these interviews are analysed through Ryan and Deci’s Self-Determination Theory (2000) to determine how motivated the students are and how their motivation is affected by different factors.

The results show that students are highly motivated to engage with English activities on their own volition, and that they are highly motivated to learn English. The results also show that teachers have a great effect on students’ motivation and can both raise and lower it depending on how they conduct their lessons. Students want more choice, to learn through authentic English experiences and a teacher that they can relate to.

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2018. , p. 32
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LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keyword [en]
upper-secondary school, Sweden, EFL, teaching, motivation, extramural English
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Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-38595DiVA: diva2:1181843
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English
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Available from: 2018-02-14 Created: 2018-02-09 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved

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