Title

Motivational factors and persistence in learning Japanese as a foreign language

Date of this Version

6-1-2001

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published Version.

Matsumoto, M. & Obana,Y. (2001). Motivational factors and persistence in learning Japanese as a foreign language. New Zealand journal of Asian studies, 3(1), 59-86

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Abstract

Extract:

This paper aims to discuss correlation of motivation with learning Japanese as a foreign language (JFL). It will investigate what features borne from the learning process are key factors that motivate learners to continue, and whether or not motivational features differ between continuing and discontinuing students, and at different proficiency levels. Motivation is one of the most important prerequisites for learning. It is often compared to the engine (intensity) and steering wheel (direction) of a car (Gage and Berliner, 1984). Hilgard et al. (1979) state that motivation is concerned with those factors which energise behaviour and give it direction. Motivation in education is generally understood as a trigger of students' thought of engaging in a particular subject, and maintains the intensity of acquiring the knowledge of the subject. Logan (1969: 155) says that ‘motivation affects the way you practice, what you observe and what you do. And there are what you learn.’