Language learning motivation of students from a special educational school in Hong Kong
The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 6, Issue 1. March 2019
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Keywords

language learning motivation
self-efficacy
parental influence
comparative study
special school

How to Cite

Hu, X., Hennebry, M. L., & Cheung, C. L. (2019). Language learning motivation of students from a special educational school in Hong Kong. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics (Editor Dr Derek Chan), 6(1), 68-81. Retrieved from https://caes.hku.hk/ajal/index.php/ajal/article/view/602

Abstract

Special educational needs (SEN) have attracted considerable attention in education and educational research. Nevertheless, limited research attention has been given to the second language (L2) learning of students with SEN in special schools and even less to their L2 learning motivation (LLM), despite the significant role of LLM in L2 learning success. This paper compares LLM data gathered from 66, grade 7-10, students with SEN in a special school and 66, grade 7-10, non-SEN students from mainstream schools in Hong Kong. Findings from a motivational questionnaire reveal higher levels of LLM among the special school students (SSS) than the mainstream school students (MSS). One-way MANOVA and Cohen’s d, show students from the special school have significantly higher Ought-to L2 Self and English learning attitude yet significantly lower required orientation than their mainstream school peers. Regression analysis has allowed the investigation of factors interacting with SSS’ LLM, suggesting that self-efficacy and parental influence are significant predictors of the LLM.
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