The Role of Motivation and Attitudes in Improving Saudi EFL Students’ Speaking Skill
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation
Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages: 26-35
Received: Jan. 21, 2019; Accepted: Mar. 18, 2019; Published: Jul. 30, 2019
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Ameerah Adlan Ghazi Alshamrany, College of Languages and Translation, AL-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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This study investigated the role of motivation and attitudes in improving Saudi EFL students’ speaking skill. The purpose of the study was to identify the correlation between motivation, attitudes, and the speaking ability of Saudi EFL students and to raise the learners’ awareness of the importance of these psychological factors. The study explored whether the level of motivation and favorable attitudes correlate with the speaking proficiency levels. The Attitude Motivation Test Battery (AMTB) questionnaire and structured interviews were the main instruments of the study. The sample of the study consisted of 50 randomly selected female students majoring in English at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU). The results showed that there was a positive significant correlation between motivation and attitudes, and the speaking proficiency of Saudi EFL students. Based on the results, the researcher presented a number of recommendations for further research.
Motivation, Attitudes, Speaking Skill, EFL Students, SLA
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Ameerah Adlan Ghazi Alshamrany, The Role of Motivation and Attitudes in Improving Saudi EFL Students’ Speaking Skill, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019, pp. 26-35. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20190502.12
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