Motivation and identity in a class of young EFL students in Taiwan: Effects of participating in an e-mail exchange with native English speaking students.

White, Simon (2014) Motivation and identity in a class of young EFL students in Taiwan: Effects of participating in an e-mail exchange with native English speaking students. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

Abstract



This dissertation focuses on motivation and identity in language learning by studying

a class of young (elementary school) EFL learners in Taiwan. The students

participated in an e-mail exchange program with a group of similarly aged native

speaking students in England. The exchange offered the students a more stimulating

way of using their English than their conventional classes, and afforded them the

opportunity of communicating with a group of native speakers that was not present

in their usual EFL environment. The effects of this exchange on student motivation

and identity, with a particular emphasis on Dörnyei’s L2 Motivational Self System

were investigated. The results suggest that the students gained confidence through

the exchange and that their vision of their Ideal L2 Self was strengthened. The

results also support the view that autonomy, motivation and identity are interrelated.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 12:15
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 17:27
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28234

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