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Farr, Keith
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Farr, K. (2016). A study into the motivation of Swedish military staff officers to learn English. Konin Language Studies, 4(4/2006), 391-413, Article ID KSJ 4 (4). 2016. 391-413.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A study into the motivation of Swedish military staff officers to learn English
2016 (English)In: Konin Language Studies, ISSN 2353-1983, Vol. 4, no 4/2006, p. 391-413, article id KSJ 4 (4). 2016. 391-413Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Among those teaching a group of Swedish military officers, little is known about motivation to learn English as part of a one-year military staff course. This research therefore aims to explore possible motivational characteristics while attempting to identify ways in which they may be theoretically linked to Dörnyei’s (2009) L2 motivational self system. A particular area of interest is the officers’ view of their motivation having taken part in a one-year English course and also an international military staff exercise which was conducted in English. The study used a two phase mixed-methods design, with an interview study and a follow-up questionnaire. Qualitative data were gathered by conducting seven individual interviews using a semi-structured interview schedule. Analysis of the qualitative data allowed themes to emerge. The questionnaire used in phase two was based on these themes and enabled the qualitative data to be triangulated. Twenty-eight Swedish military officers responded to the questionnaire. A variety of key variables were confirmed and it was possible to view them using the chosen theoretical framework. The Ideal L2 self and L2 learning experience were found to be particularly important motivators. It was also found that despite the officers’ high levels of motivation, their willingness to exert effort on learning is relatively low. It may therefore be concluded that teachers could address this through a focus on motivational teaching practice. Overall, this research provides insight into L2 motivation within a participant group which has not previously been studied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Faculty of Philology, 1.State University of Applied Sciences, Konin, Poland: , 2016
Keywords
L2 motivational self system, self-determination theory, instrumental motivation, possible selves, military English
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6875 (URN)
Available from: 2017-08-07 Created: 2017-08-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Nolan, A. & Farr, K. (2013). Responding to a complex advanced teaching environment at the SNDC. In: : . Paper presented at Bureau of International Language Cooperation(BILC). NATOSPEAK - English in Multinational Settings 2013 Conference. Tbilisi, Georgia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Responding to a complex advanced teaching environment at the SNDC
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A presentation about techniques for promoting learner agency and languaging at advanced level when teaching military professionals on CBLT courses.

Keywords
Language Training, Applied Linguistics, English
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4351 (URN)
Conference
Bureau of International Language Cooperation(BILC). NATOSPEAK - English in Multinational Settings 2013 Conference. Tbilisi, Georgia
Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
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