REVISITING MOTIVATION IN ESP MASS EDUCATION (An Action Research Study at Trisakti University in Jakarta, Indonesia)

Lakawa, Agustin Rebecca (2007) REVISITING MOTIVATION IN ESP MASS EDUCATION (An Action Research Study at Trisakti University in Jakarta, Indonesia). Masters thesis, University of Queensland.

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The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it aims to contribute to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) literature on motivation by investigating motivation among students enrolled in compulsory courses in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in an Indonesian university setting. Second, by conducting an action research study it aims to find ways to improve the present circumstances within compulsory ESP courses in the industrial technology faculty of a large private university in Jakarta, Indonesia. The teaching of ESP at the university is faculty-based and aims to develop reading and writing skills and structural knowledge of English using language samples from content areas related to disciplines within each faculty. ESP courses were introduced on the assumption that interest in the content of the ESP language subject/course would motivate learners. However, at the outset of this study the students lacked motivation to learn ESP. The study revealed a large number of administrative, logistical and educational issues that have led to less than optimal learning conditions and have impacted on learner motivation. In the cycles of action research that were conducted as part of this study, interventions addressed issues relating to the content of materials used in language classes. The data presented show that the content of the new materials proved to be a motivating factor. SLA related findings include that while students were found to be instrumentally motivated, validating the intended purpose of ESP courses, their increased effort in the classroom also coincided with increased effort in their self-initiated informal learning activities outside the classroom, behaviour associated with integrative motivation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning > Undergraduate Program in Architecture
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 02:58
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 02:58

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