Social Trust and Types of Classroom Activities: Predictors of Language Learning Motivation

Hossein Khodabakhshzadeh, Zahra Kafi, Hanieh Garmabi


The present study examined the role of social trust and types of classroom activities as some probable significant predictors of language learning motivation on a sample of 200 Iranian EFL upper-intermediate learners who have been selected randomly. Consequently, the participants completed three questionnaires, Language Learning Motivation Inventory, Classroom and school Community Inventory, and Classroom Activities Inventory, the reliability and validity of each have been checked previously. After running Multiple Regression through SPSS Software, the results revealed that social trust and types of classroom activities accounted for 16.7% of the variance in language learning motivation. Although each of them had a unique impact on language learning motivation, "Deep Language Use" as one of the types of classroom activities had a greater contribution to English as a foreign language learning motivation (002< .05), outweighing social trust as a more important predictor, (.005 < .05). Finally, pedagogical implications along with suggestions for further studies are discussed.



Types of classroom activities, Social trust, Language learning motivation, EFL learners

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