Gardner on Motivation and Language Learning Article Review by Nicky

Gardner on Motivation and Language Learning
A review and discussion of R.C. Gardner's article, "Motivation and Second Language Acquisition".
# 147221 | 873 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2011 in Education (Curriculum) , Language (General) , Education (ESL)

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The paper looks at how Gardner, in his article "Motivation and Second Language Acquisition" points out two different types of motivational constructs, examines the steps of language acquisition, introduces cultural and educational contexts and their relationship with motivation, and presents results of his findings in Spain. The paper discusses the implications of this article for the English language learning classroom, and asserts that for teachers, Gardner's article is an important reminder that second language learners' curriculum must consist of both language and motivational instruction.

From the Paper:

"First, Gardner argues that two types of motivation--language learning motivation and classroom learning motivation--impact second language learning. While language learning motivation is the application of an individual's motivation to his or her desire to learn a certain language, classroom motivation is the motivation that a person applies to the learning situation. Gardner states that there is no easy way to define motivation, just as there is no easy way to describe what it means to actually learn a language."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gardner, R.C. (2007, June). Motivation and Second Language Acquisition. Porta Linguarum 8, 9-20.

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