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A study in what motivates students in terms of project work in English
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Project work in L2 Learning is often designed to enable practice of various types of skills. These skills may be related to language learning as well as to other aspects such as social skills and critical thinking. Assignments related to project work usually meet the requirements of the Swedish Upper Secondary School Curriculum, which could be a reason why project work keeps gaining popularity in Swedish schools. Extremely scarce research has been made on the importance of project work and what influencing factors it has on students' motivation.

Hence, the aim of this study is to identify what factors in project work motivated a selected group of students during project-based learning. Four focus group interviews were conducted with eleven female students attending the natural science programme at two different schools in Västra Götaland, Sweden. Although all students were female, the study is not gender-based. The interview data was analyzed through a thematic analysis.

As a result, I have selected five themes: language, group work, critical thinking, topic and obtaining good grades. It was discovered that these themes are considered by the students to provide knowledge which is useful in real life and for the future. Thus, they strongly contribute to their motivation, given that the students hold high ambitions in terms of future studies and careers. It is apparent that the students are able to see the connection between project work in English and achieving their own personal goals. My suggestion is thus that L2 teachers should design project work in a way that allows students to work with elements in which they find authentic value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 42
Keywords [en]
project work, motivation, L2 learning, human behaviour.
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Specific Languages Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12433Local ID: EXE601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12433DiVA, id: diva2:1213669
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English
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Teacher Traning Programme
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Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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