An Empirical Study of the Language Learners’ Dynamic Process of Motivation

Yulan YUAN, Zhanfang LI


Many researches emphasize the importance of the integrative motivation and these researches seem to marginalize the instrumental motivation and the dynamic change of the learning motivation. An empirical study is conducted in this thesis. 22 English major graduates from Henan University of Economics and Law are as subjects. Mainly by doing the questionnaire and interview, the data can be collected. The result shows the instrumental motivation helps learners’ success of second language acquisition. And the learning motivation can be dynamic because of some impacts. Besides, the transformed motivation can last long.


Instrumental motivation; Integrative motivation; English teaching; SLA

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