The Motivation For and Attitude Towards Learning English
Keywords: Motivation, Attitude, Teaching Techniques, Second Language Learning
Rayhanna Conday Ditual
Mindanao State University
Rayhanna Conday Ditual holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts in English and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in English Language Studies in MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology. She is a faculty member of the English Department of the Mindanao State University, Marawi City and her main interests include ESL teaching, attitude and motivation towards learning ESL, and recent trends on Continuing Professional Development.
The English Language is neither a national nor an official language in the Philippines yet it is widely used and taught in the educational system of this country both as one of the official mediums of instruction and as a subject. It is also an undeniable fact that the Filipino s success or opportunity of securing an exemplary career depends on his/her ability of speaking the language and, of course, on an excellent academic background. Enthused by different studies and driven by curiosity as to what might shape the attitude and motivation of the language students of the Mindanao State University, the researcher intended to discover what may be related to these essential language learning factors. This study is a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis and descriptive-correlation design. The respondents socio-economic background and the teaching techniques of the respondents teachers are the independent variable and the motivation for and attitude of the respondents in learning English serve as the dependent variable. The study found that the respondents were highly motivated and possessed a positive attitude towards learning English. They were both instrumentally and integratively motivated. They wanted to learn English for career purposes and to be able to speak with English speaking people. However, the findings reveal that the respondents were intrinsically motivated and thus, external factors like the independent variables did not alter nor affect their attitude and motivation.
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