Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0155-0640
  • E-ISSN: 1833-7139
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The following article gives an account of the results of a research project which looked, at motivation among first year university students of French, both beginner stream and post school certificate students. While it is currently fashionable to underline the economic and social usefulness of language study, information is not freely available on why students who enrol for French actually do so. The dichotomy of motivations was adopted as a working principle for classifying motivations. This dichotomy may be likened to the division used by Gardner and Lambert (1972) We observed that students were motivated by a wide variety of factors. Though motivations are sometimes hard to classify on a binary scale, there was nevertheless no clear preference for extrinsic or pragmatic reasons; if anything, personal or intrinsic reasons seemed to dominate.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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