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Researching ELT: Classroom Methodology and Beyond

Dincay Köksal

This book is an outcome of the 9th ELT Research Conference organised by Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. The papers in this volume illustrate some of the key research interests and priorities for English language teaching in Turkey and provide significant insights into a range of contemporary issues and practices in the field. The papers present research focusing on issues in the areas of technology, learners, teacher training and post-graduate education, which have been gathered together in four sections, each section containing articles covering several different aspects of the topic in question.

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A Psycholinguistics Case Study: Sociodemographic Variables on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in EFL Context (Hakan Aydoğan)

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Hakan Aydoğan12

Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey

A Psycholinguistics Case Study: Sociodemographic Variables on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in EFL Context

Abstract: There are lots of influences on learning English as a foreign language (EFL). Some of them are sociodemographic variables and students’ motivation. In this paper, relationships between sociodemographic variables, motivation and subjective estimates of English knowledge and skills were examined. Both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations were taken into account. For their assessment, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for the English learning scale (IEM–ELS) was used along with some sociodemographic questions. The sample consisted of 180 Turkish students who attended a private high school and a state university. The results showed a high negative correlation between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. The participants’ family incomes were positively related to intrinsic and negatively related to extrinsic motivation. Next, males’ extrinsic motivation levels were higher than those of females. Similarly, university students’ extrinsic motivation levels were higher than those of high school students. The results were discussed within the frame of educational psychology.

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