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Vol.6, Issue 1, 2020, pp.5-28 /Full text


Zarina Markova / ☍
Affiliation: South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Dessislava Yaneva / ☍
Affiliation: South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Contributor roles
Conceptualization: Z.M. (lead);
Investigation: D.Y (lead)., Z.M. (supporting);
Methodology: Z.M, D.Y. (equal);
Data curation: Z.M. (lead);
Formal Analysis: Z.M. (lead), D.Y. (supporting);
Project Administration Z.M., D.Y. (equal)
Resources, Supervision, Visualization: ZM (lead);
Writing original draft, Writing – review and editing: Z.M. (lead).

This article reports on the findings of a study investigating the motivation of Bulgarian undergraduates of International Relations to learn English as a second language (L2). First, we consider language learning motivation in the context of three influential theoretical developments in research on motivation. Then, we report on a small-scale survey aiming to define the motivational profile of students of International Relations through the lens of the L2 Motivational Self System. The analysis of the survey data reveals similarities with findings of previous research as regards the favourable attitude towards English language learning, the prominent role of the ideal L2 self in the motivational pattern, and some doubt over the relation between the ought-to L2 self and the intended learning effort. The study results also indicate relations between travel orientation and the ought-to L2 self, and between the two types of instrumental motivation which have not been reported in previous research. These motivation peculiarities are explained through the specifics of the surveyed group that refer to students’ aspirations and potential careers in international relations.

Keywords: language learning motivation, the L2 Motivational Self System, foreign language learning

Article history:
Received: 20 February 2020;
Reviewed: 17 March 2020;
Revised: 29 March 2020;
Accepted: 6 April 2020;
Published: 30 June 2020

Citation (APA):
Markova, Z., & Yaneva, D. (2020). The Motivation of University Students of International Relations to Learn English. English Studies at NBU, 6(1), 5-28. ☍

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