Studies in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Edited By Przemysław Łozowski and Katarzyna Stadnik
Goal salience in foreign language learners
Abstract. Goal salience is a necessary condition for reaching one’s aim through committed behaviour. It is a motivational tool that allows the foreign language learner to continue to work towards achieving what he/she wants. It is one of the strongest motivators in the second language acquisition process, inducing higher levels of task performance. The results of the empirical research carried out for the purpose of this paper partly support that observation, and reveal that Polish secondary grammar school learners of English with higher levels of foreign language achievement (self-perceived foreign language skills) declare significantly higher levels of goal specificity in comparison to their low achieving peers. Nevertheless, the levels of goal frequency in both groups are similar.
Keywords: Goal salience, goal frequency, goal specificity, motivation, foreign language
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