Presentation type:Sole Presentation
Name of Institution :University of Maryland, College Park
Paper Introduction :In this paper I analyzed the 2014 student participant survey data of Startalk summer programs and examined the links among student learning experiences in Startalk summer programs, their language learning motivation, their ability to understand languages, and their intention to further study the languages.
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Background of this Study: STARTALK summer programs offer K-16 students standards-based curriculum, learner-centered environments, and culturally authentic materials to engage students in language learning activities.
Literature Review: Student motivation plays an important role in student learning and this is particularly true for students learning a foreign/second language (Deci & Ryan, 1998, 2002; Dornyei, 2002). In thepast three decades, motivation has been well documented to be a significant factor in language learning (Gardner, 1985; Gardner & MacIntryre, 1991; Csizer & Dornyei, 2005). Despite the important role of language learning motivation, there is a paucity of research investigating the link among student learning experiences, their motivation, and their plans to further engage in language learning activities.
Objective: The purpose of this session is to present the findings regarding the relationship among student perception of Startalk summer learning experiences, their language learning motivation, and their intention to further study these languages. More specifically, I examined the following hypotheses:
Hypothesis 1: Student perception of Startalk summer learning experiences influences their language learning motivation.
Hypothesis 2: Student perception of Startalk summer learning experiences influences their ability to comprehend the language.
Hypothesis 3: Student language learning motivation and their ability to comprehend the language influence their intention to further study the language(s).
Data Sources:The data came from surveys taken by 2343 participants in the 2014 Summer Startalk programs. The survey included items tapping students’ learning experiences, their language learning motivation, and their intention to study the language(s) in the future.