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Motivation to learn and teach English in Slovenia

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JournalEducational Studies
DatePublished - Nov 1998
Issue number3
Volume24
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)345-351
Original languageEnglish

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This Study was conducted in Slovenia, and explored the views of a sample of 226 pupils (aged 14-15 years) regarding their motivation to learn English and the views of a sample of 95 student teachers regarding their motivation to become a teacher of English. The data consisted of two questionnaires. The first questionnaire asked the pupils to rate the importance of each of 15 reasons for wanting to learn English. The most frequent reasons given by pupils were 'Because English is an international language', 'Because English helps me with advanced study' and 'Because English will help me with my future career'. The second questionnaire asked the student teachers to rate the importance of each of 20 reasons in influencing their decision to become a teacher of English. The most frequent reasons given by the student teachers were 1 enjoy the subject I will teach', 'English is important to me' and 'I want to help children succeed'. The findings are further explored in terms of the relative importance of the different types of motivation involved.

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