The role of motivation and motivational strategies in Saudi students' communicative competence in English

Alnatheer, Amal A. (2013) The role of motivation and motivational strategies in Saudi students' communicative competence in English. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study explored how motivation and motivational strategies influence the communicative competence of students from Saudi Arabia. Participants included Saudi students enrolled in English courses in Australian educational institutions, and Saudi students living in Saudi Arabia studying in English language institutes in Saudi Arabia. Phase One involved interviews with16 participants. In Phase Two, 279 participants completed a questionnaire. Findings included differences between participants’ measured and self-reported communicative competence, with the Australian group having higher levels of measured and self-reported communicative competence. In addition, motivation teaching strategies were found to affect students’ motivation, but not their communicative competence.

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ID Code: 63816
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Woodman, Karen, Walker, Susan, & Dooley, Karen
Keywords: Communicative competence, second language motivation, teaching strategies supporting motivation, Saudi students in Saudi Arabia, Saudi students in Australia, second language learning, Gardner’s socio-educational model
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2013 06:04
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 23:30

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