Motivation to Learn English language: A Survey on Parents’ & Teachers’ Influence on L2 learners in Sindh, Pakistan

Saeed Wadho, Shumaila Memon, Rafique Ahmed Memon


Motivation is, without question, the most complex and challenging issue faced by English language teachers today (Schiedekr & Freeman, 1999). It is a key contributing factor for L2 learning (Cheng & Dornyei, 2007; Gardner, 1985b). It is an established fact that no motivation means no learning. Motivation comes from different sources. Freeman (1999) holds teachers and parents to be influencing forces for learners’ motivation. The present study was conducted at college level in Kambar Shahdadkot and investigates the influence of parents and teachers on L2 learning. The study is quantitative in nature. The survey was conducted and data was collected through questionnaire. The study found that students were heavily influenced by parents and teachers. Most of the learners learn English language due to the respect they owe to their parents and teachers. The parents and teachers have positive attitude towards English language, thus, they influence L2 learners’ motivation and decisions considerably. The study also found that most L2 learners learn English language due to the rewards given to them by their parents. Besides, teachers’ positive relation with learners also motivates them to learn English. It was also found that a lack of feedback from teachers contribute a demotivating factor for the L2 learners. The study suggests that teaching methodology plays crucial role in L2 motivation and brings positive results for the learners.

Keywords: Motivational psychology, Motivation, L2 learners, Parents & Teachers: In What way teachers and parents influence on L2 learners motivation

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