Coactivity: Philology, Educology / Santalka: Filologija, Edukologija, Vol 14, No 2 (2006)

Second Language Learning Motivation

Alvyda Liuolienė
Regina Metiūnienė


The paper deals with the peculiarities of ESP learning motivation. The meaning of motivation and three main approaches to motivational psychology: expectancy-value theory, goal-directed theory and the self-determination theory are presented, two distinct orientations for learning a language: integrative and instrumental are described in the paper. The importance of needs analysis to ESP learning is stressed and the main conditions (interest in the topic and activity; relevance to the students’ lives; expectancy of success and feelings of being in control and satisfaction in the outcome) for motivation are described. The skills that ESP learners need to develop are specified. The description of approaches to motivational psychology is proposed, as motivation is of great significance in foreign language learning.

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Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2011-04-14

Keyword(s): learning motivation, integrative and instrumental motivation, learner’s needs

DOI: 10.3846/coactivity.2006.24

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