Socio-Economic Orientations in Foreign Language Learning Motivation: The Case of Yemen

| December 19, 2011
Title
Socio-Economic Orientations in Foreign Language Learning Motivation: The Case of Yemen

Keywords: language learning motivation, integrativeness, parental occupation, andcultural capital

Authors
Rais Ahmed Attamimi
Hadramout University of Science and Technology, Yemen
rais_attamimi@yahoo.com

Hajar Abdul Rahim
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
hajar@usm.my

Bio Data
Mr. Rais Attamimi is an Assistant Professor in the English Department of the College of Arts and Education, Hadramout University, Seiyun, Yemen. He obtained his doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has taught in the Yemeni primary, secondary, and tertiary educational systems for 9 years. His research interests are socio-psychological variables in FL contexts, sociolinguistics, and Applied Linguistics.

Hajar Abdul Rahim is an Associate Professor in the department of English Language Studies of the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Abstract
This paper examines the relationship patterns between socio-economic factors, i.e. parental occupations, cultural capital, and motivation to learn English in the Yemeni context. Two survey questionnaires were used in this study, based on Gardner s (2001a) framework and Bourdieu s (1985, 1986, 1989) status-based approach to social stratification. Questionnaires were administered to 142 fourth-year students in the English Department of the College of Arts and Education, the Hadramout University of Science and Technology, Yemen. Besides questionnaires, individual semi-structured interviews were used to obtain supportive data. A range of quantitative and qualitative analyses were used to analyse the data of the study. The results of the study provide tangible evidence of the existence of a strong relationship between parental occupation, cultural capital, and the Yemeni students motivation to learn English.
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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 13 Issue 4