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Title: Factors that affect motivation to study Spanish in Anglophone settings and the implications for the Irish Institute of Technology sector
Author: Catena Fontalba, Manuel R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 9737
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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The purpose of this study is to analyse the factors that influence the type of motivation to study Spanish at tertiary level in a predominantly English speaking environment like the North West of Ireland, as language learning motivation may be impacted by economic reasons e.g., an economic recession. An additional purpose of this research is to assist educational reformers in the area of language education by generating relevant theory. Consequently, this study includes recommendations aimed at improving the rationalisation, efficacy, and quality of language education in the Irish Institute of Technology sector. Research indicates that native English speakers tend to be unmotivated language learners. Their tendency to monolingualism is influenced by the effects of globalisation and by the status of English as lingua franca. Nevertheless, there are economic and academic benefits to the mastery of modern languages. If fluency in English is the best form of linguistic capital that a non-Anglophone graduate can possess, knowledge of Spanish may be the best form of linguistic capital that Anglophones can obtain. Therefore, Irish monolingual students might be at a disadvantage position since the long-term sustainability of language education at tertiary level in rural Ireland is under economic pressure. This is a predominantly qualitative mixed methods research study. The analysis of the qualitative data is triangulated by a quantitative method. The findings suggest that language-learning motivation is impacted by several factors, for instance, the learners’ linguistic backgrounds, and their previous Irish language learning experience. However, there is insufficient evidence to report a significant economic impact. This research will be useful to academics, students and policy makers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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