Persistence in Japanese language study and motivation
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The diminishing number of students in second language learning (SLL) at more advanced level of study is regarded as a general problem widely recognized by both teachers and researchers in second language acquisition (SLA) (Ellis, 1994: 508). This indicates that a number of students who start learning a second language terminate the study before they acquire a high proficiency. As Ramage (1990) states, SLL is a long lasting mental and physical enterprise and it usually takes years in order to acquire a command of the language. Given this, persistence in language study should be one of the most important factors for acquiring a higher proficiency, which is regarded as successful SLA. Based on this assumption, this paper will present research results regarding persistence in Japanese language study by university students in Queensland, Australia.
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