Motivation and Attitude of Islamic Azad University’s Faculty Members toward Learning English

Hamid Gholami


The study aimed at evaluating the Islamic Azad University's faculty members' attitude toward learning English, their motivation and its types and also some perceived barriers toward the goal of getting proficient in English as well as some possible suggestion to make them more motivated. To achieve the aim, some questionnaires were employed and the results revealed the high interest and motivation of faculty members to learn English. The results also indicated that the participants highly valued English as the international academic language.   Regarding the inhibitory factors, they mentioned being busy as one of the most important factors. Improper need analysis and consequently lack of appropriate courses were also reported to be of primary significance.  As far as suggestions are concerned, matching the course content with the needs of different departments was of a significant importance.   


Motivation, Attitude, Faculty Members

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